Pre-Conference Workshops

All Pre-Conference Workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 16. Register now for early-bird rates. Hurry — the price increases to $135 on November 1!

Pre-Conference 1

Advancing Your Equity Stance as a Central Office Leader

1 – 5pm

$125

Speakers

Michele Mason
Senior Director
University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership
Seattle, WA

Lisa Rooney
Director of Framework Development and Support
University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership
Seattle, WA

Max Silverman
Executive Director
University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership
Seattle, WA

Central office leaders across the country are grappling with what means to be an equity-centered leader. This session is dedicated to helping leaders deepen their understanding of how they can build an equity stance into their day-to-day practice and interactions. Participants will have opportunities to engage with tools and a framework to both reflect and envision a more equitable path forward. Particular attention will be paid to how central office leaders can better support principals in their own equity leadership journey. This session will be led by a team from the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership.

Pre-Conference 2

Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Strategic Governing Team

1 – 5pm

$125

Speaker

Doug Eadie
President and CEO
Doug Eadie and Company, Inc.
Clearwater, FL

This four-hour pre-conference workshop will draw on my new book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership, in familiarizing participants with significant developments in the rapidly evolving field of K–12 governance and providing detailed, tested guidance in building and managing a close, positive and productive partnership between the school board and superintendent. Topics will include the nuts and bolts work involved in governing, processes for engaging board members in making key governing decisions and judgments, using well-designed board committees, and managing the board-superintendent partnership, including board evaluation of superintendent performance.

Pre-Conference 3

Your Roadmap to 21st Century Education Starts Here

1 – 5pm

$125

Speakers

Michael Barnes
Superintendent
Mayfield School District (OH)

Karen Garza
President and CEO
Battelle for Kids

Valerie Greenhill
Vice President
Battelle for Kids

Kelly Lyman
Superintendent
Mansfield School District (CT)

Michael McCormick
Superintendent
Val Verde Unified School District (CA)

Hundreds of transformative school systems around the nation have used the Portrait of a Graduate to define the competencies and mindsets that their students need to thrive in the 21st century. Shifting traditional teaching and learning practices is complex, system-wide work. In this interactive session, participants will:

  • Deepen understanding of the elements of the school system that work synergistically to support Portrait of a Graduate outcomes.
  • Understand the key moves in developing a Portrait of a Graduate, Portrait of an Educator, Portrait of a Leader and Portrait of a System.
  • Explore how to center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to achieve student centered, equity focused 21st century education.
  • Understand how to create a system-wide action plan / road map to engage all students in student centered, equity focused 21st century learning experiences.

Three superintendents will share highlights of their system’s 21st century education journey, including what works, what doesn’t and what they wished they had known when they began the process. They’ll also address the importance of leveraging community engagement in the Portrait of a Graduate process to ensure positive transformations in student learning. All participants will receive a rich collection of tools, resources and artifacts, including student work, from leading districts across the country. Join us to start building your district’s 21st century roadmap!