Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders 2017-11-17T12:08:11+00:00

Thursday, February 15

9 – 10am

Leader Tracking Systems: Turning Data Into Information for School Leadership

Leslie Anderson
Education Researcher, Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Washington, D.C.
Steve Flynt
Associate Superintendent, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Suwanee, GA
Tricia McManus
Assistant Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools
Tampa, Florida
Moderator: Nicholas Pelzer
Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation
New York, NY

Since 2011, six large school districts have been participating in The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative to train, hire and support talented principals. Superintendents from two of the districts share insights: the strategies, successes, challenges and lessons learned in building and using leader tracking systems to address school leadership issues. Learn how to harness data within a single online system and leverage it to help you select the right principal, improve on-the-job support, build your bench and improve pipeline components. Find out what it costs to build and run principal pipelines and the potential return on investment to the schools and students in your district.

Leslie Anderson

Steve Flynt

Tricia McManus

Nicholas Pelzer

9 – 10am
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute
Berkeley, CA

School segregation is a serious barrier to narrowing the achievement gap. Schools remain segregated today primarily because they are located in segregated neighborhoods. We do little to address residential segregation because we hold a false belief that neighborhoods were segregated “de facto” by private prejudice, personal choices and discriminatory private actors. But, as this presentation will show, neighborhoods have been segregated by racially conscious, explicit government policy that was openly designed to impose racial segregation on every metropolitan area. By familiarizing ourselves with this history of state-sponsored residential segregation, we can consider how to fashion remedies.

Richard Rothstein

9 – 10am
Defining Your District’s Profile of a Graduate

Ken Kay
CEO, EdLeader21
Tucson, AZ
Aaron Spence
Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach, VA

Does your district have a Profile of a Graduate? What are the key competencies that make up a successful student in your district? This session will help answer these questions. Districts around the country are facing this critical topic, many without clearly defining what characteristics make up their district’s Profile of a Graduate. In this session participants will come away with tools that will help them on the following aspects of 21st century district transformation: create a Profile of a Graduate (PoG), engage community stakeholders in key conversations, embed a PoG in strategic planning, transform curriculum and instruction, assessment and professional development to support district transformation.

10:15 – 11:15am
Leading Bold Moves: From Old-School to Contemporary Learning Environment

Heidi Hayes Jacobs
President, Curriculum Designers
Rye, NY

How can we shed antiquated school programs and create refreshed and remarkable learning environments? Consider expanding the array of scheduling options, as well as virtual and on-site programs. We’ll rethink existing learning spaces, future architectural possibilities, new furniture options, ways to group learners for maximum benefit, strategies for categorizing personnel and how to develop global networks. One session outcome will be identifying steps for establishing innovation design teams to generate a long-term strategic plan for your district.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

10:15 – 11:15am
You Are Not Alone

Meredith O’Connor
Radio Hit Songstress and United Nations Celebrity Youth Leader
Huntington, NY

This anti-bullying presentation has been deemed the most effective and influential assembly by administrators all over the world. It focuses on Meredith’s story before her music took off and also why it is important to respond to bullying the correct way. Meredith uses real-life examples to show students why being an “upstander” rather than a bystander changes lives.

Meredith O’Connor

12:45 – 1:45pm
Equity and Justice in Education: Access, Inclusiveness and Opportunity

Shawn Joseph
Superintendent, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Nashville, TN
Matthew Utterback
2017 National Superintendent of the Year, North Clackamas School District
Milwaukie, OR
Sharon Contreras
Superintendent, Guilford County Schools
Greensboro, NC

Every student is entitled to the opportunity to reach his or her potential. Too often, we can predict educational outcomes on the basis of race, demographics, SES or zip code. Join AASA National Superintendent of the Year, Matthew Utterback, Nashville Superintendent Shawn Joseph, and Superintendent Sharon Contreras for an in-depth and interactive session examining educational equity. This strategy session will tackle how to leverage data and engage stakeholders in the development of an equity agenda. School leaders have a collective responsibility to establish a culture of fairness, justice, achievement and opportunity in education for all children.

Shawn Joseph

Matthew Utterback

Sharon Contreras

12:45 – 1:45pm
Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most

Peter DeWitt
Author, Independent Consultant
Albany, NY

In order to really put a focus on learning, we need to encourage student voice and maximize the self-efficacy of teachers. This session focuses on how leaders can use six of John Hattie’s high-effect influences on learning to foster growth in their teachers and put the focus on learning for students.

Peter DeWitt

2 – 3pm
AASA National Principal Supervisor Academy

Stephen Fink
Executive Director and Affiliate Professor
Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Mort Sherman
Associate Executive Director, AASA
Alexandria, VA

In partnership with the University of Washington’s Center for Educational Leadership, AASA has launched the first national principal supervisor endorsement program. This session will feature a panel of participants from the program’s first cohort who will discuss how they have changed their supervisory roles to better develop and support principals as instructional leaders.

Steve Fink

Mort Sherman

3 – 4pm
Becoming an Arc-Bender: Anti-Racist System Leadership for Today’s System Leader

Dr. Khalid Mumin
Superintendent of Schools, Reading School District
Reading, PA
Joshua Starr
CEO, PDK International Family of Associations
Arlington, VA

Learn to organize school systems to promote social justice and equity. Through the examination of the history of public education within today’s context, system leaders will develop an understanding of the role of institutional racism in our current public education systems. Leaders will also learn how to organize their school systems to dismantle structures that may be holding some students back. Get concrete examples of diverse districts to determine how you can ensure all students have access to high-quality instruction that will prepare them for college and careers.

Dr. Khalid Mumin

Joshua Starr

Friday, February 16

12:45 – 1:45pm
Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

Stephanie M. Jones
Professor, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Traci Davis
Superintendent, Washoe County School District
Reno, NV

High-quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programs have a positive impact on student academic achievement and other life outcomes. This session provides insights from a new, first-of-its-kind guide produced by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The guide helps schools and program leaders look inside 25 leading SEL programs and compare curriculum and how it is delivered across all of them. Learn how to choose the program that best suits your needs, evaluate the fit and effectiveness of your existing SEL approach, and adapt what is taught during the school day to out-of-school programs.

Stephanie Jones

Traci Davis

12:45 – 1:45pm
Innovative Practices in the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools

Bill Daggett
Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education
Rexford, NY

The nation’s most rapidly improving schools have been successful at moving innovation from a trendy thing to talk about to a concept that directly and dramatically improves student performance. Based on his ongoing study of these schools, Dr. Daggett will describe how they have used comprehensive classroom-to-boardroom approaches that have nurtured and tied these practices together via a system of effective instruction, rather than a series of random acts of innovation.

Bill Daggett

2:30 – 3:30pm
Iteration and Innovation in Education

Jaime Casap
Education Evangelist, Google
Phoenix, AZ

To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, solve problems, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate and think critically. What we need in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student-focused learning.

Jaime Casap

2:30 – 3:30pm
Superintendent/School Board Relations—A Discussion between NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel and AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech

Dan Domenech
Executive Director, AASA
Alexandria, VA
Tom Gentzel
Executive Director, NSBA
Alexandria, VA

Come hear an informative discussion between the AASA and NSBA executive directors, who agree that an effective superintendent/school board management team is essential to a school system’s success. Find out how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.

Dan Domenech

Tom Gentzel