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1. Leadership Session [clear filter]
Wednesday, September 11
 

8:30am CDT

Better Leaders
This session introduces participants to several high-yield leadership strategies, including clearly seeing reality, identifying purpose, managing time, understanding and shaping culture, managing change, combining ambition with humility. In addition, we present tools people can use to apply those strategies in their daily lives.

Speakers

Wednesday September 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Ballroom ABC

8:30am CDT

Instructional Coherence: Focus on What Matters Most
Years of empirical research and practical reflection indicates organizing schoolsaround evidence-based instructional practices is an essential component of improving student achievement, or as Mike Schmoker quips, "Focus on Less,Then Obsess!" This session will guide administrators, coaches, and teacherleaders, in a hands-on practical exploration of how to use best evidence resources(e.g. Hattie's Meta-analyses, IES Practice Guides, Best Evidence Encyclopedia) to identify a very limited number of essential instructional tools or "Big Dogs",and engage the entire faculty in an on-going process of implementing, adaptingand refining their use across the grades and content areas.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Ballroom FGH

10:15am CDT

7 Ways to Move from Manager to Instructional Leader
It takes time, effort, and energy to move away from the work of a manager and serve others as an effective instructional leader.  Seven methods and strategies will be explored, identifying and explaining how you can make instructional leadership a part of your everyday, effective routine!

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Cypress B

10:15am CDT

The Impact Cycle
Based on the book The Impact Cycle by Jim Knight, this session describes the coaching cycle that leads to deeper impact for students.

Speakers

Wednesday September 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Ballroom ABC

1:00pm CDT

8 Ways to Strengthen Any School
Successful school strengthening and transformation at all levels will be fully explored, outlining eight purposeful ways that today’s educational leaders can positively and significantly impact any school. The eight steps, which led to extremely high levels of various success, are both creative and realistic for any practitioner. Student achievement scores, teacher’s working condition survey results, and other quantitative and qualitative indicators defined the extraordinary stages of school-level achievement. One at-risk school identified as one of the lowest 5% in the entire state, came out of sanctions within 16 months.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Cypress B

1:00pm CDT

Collective Efficacy-Instructional Leadership:  How Schools Can Create a Collaborative, Feedback Rich Culture Necessary for Instructional Improvement
Human learning requires actionable feedback studies indicate most teachers receive very little in the normal course of events. This seminar will explore how administrators, coaches, and teachers leaders can create effective systems of Public Practice supporting allstaff in learning how to both give and receive effective feedback via peer observation, learning walks, video feedback, etc as well as fine-tuning PLCs to focus squarely on improved teaching/learning.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Ballroom FGH

1:00pm CDT

SWITCH: Creating Successful Change
Changing behavior is hard.  Many times people look like they’re “resisting change” when actually they have no idea how to change.  Are we as leaders bringing clarity to what change is expected? Learn how to script a clear path to success. Is there an identity you can use that makes people feel strong and capable to face the challenge ahead?  Make the change a matter of identity rather than a matter of consequences. Based on her brothers' #1 New York Times bestseller, Switch: How to Change when Change is Hard, this session will present a framework for changing how people act, even in the toughest circumstances.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Trails

2:45pm CDT

Building a Teacher Effectiveness Network, Improving New Teacher Development and Retention
We will explore methods and strategies which empower leaders to address the problems of beginning teacher development and beginning teacher retention. We will review and discuss schools which have successfully achieved a 100% beginning teacher retention rate. Two specific questions will guide the presentation and the discussion. #1: Within a successful school which retained 100% of their beginning teachers, what did the teachers report that the administrative team did to support them and make them want to stay at their respective site? #2: Other than administrative efforts, what other factors influenced teachers to stay at this particular school site? Specific ideas for implementation will be shared.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Cypress B

2:45pm CDT

Improving Academic Literacy K-12: Practical Evidence-Based Instructional Tools for EVERY Classroom
Large-scale meta-analyses (Hattie, 2009; Marzano & DuFour 2011) have concluded the key to accelerating student achievement is figuring out how to significantly improve typical daily instruction across the school. RTI/MTSS can potentially be the vehicle for this improvement IF leaders grasp the imperative of focusing squarely on improving core or Tier 1 instruction. This seminar will unpack key research supported practices found to improve academioc literacy (reading/writing/speaking/ listening/thinking) across all content areas including electives. Participants will experience concrete example strategies, critique unscripted classroom videos, engage in learn- by-doing simulations and explore free on-line resources. Major focus areas will include how to increase student engagement, build academic language/ vocabulary, and develop critical thinking and comprehension skills. Participants are encouraged to attend in school-based teams to maximize effective implementation.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Ballroom FGH

2:45pm CDT

SWITCH: Creating Successful Change
Changing behavior is hard.  Many times people look like they’re “resisting change” when actually they have no idea how to change.  Are we as leaders bringing clarity to what change is expected? Learn how to script a clear path to success. Is there an identity you can use that makes people feel strong and capable to face the challenge ahead?  Make the change a matter of identity rather than a matter of consequences. Based on her brothers' #1 New York Times bestseller, Switch: How to Change when Change is Hard, this session will present a framework for changing how people act, even in the toughest circumstances.

Speakers


Wednesday September 11, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
Trails
 
Thursday, September 12
 

8:30am CDT

7 Ways to Move from Manager to Instructional Leader
It takes time, effort, and energy to move away from the work of a manager and serve others as an effective instructional leader. Seven methods and strategies will be explored, identifying and explaining how you can make instructional leadership a part of your everyday, effective routine!

Speakers


Thursday September 12, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Cypress B

8:30am CDT

Instructional Coherence: Focus on What Matters Most
Years of empirical research and practical reflection indicates organizing schoolsaround evidence-based instructional practices is an essential component of improving student achievement, or as Mike Schmoker quips, "Focus on Less,Then Obsess!" This session will guide administrators, coaches, and teacherleaders, in a hands-on practical exploration of how to use best evidence resources(e.g. Hattie's Meta-analyses, IES Practice Guides, Best Evidence Encyclopedia) to identify a very limited number of essential instructional tools or "Big Dogs",and engage the entire faculty in an on-going process of implementing, adaptingand refining their use across the grades and content areas.

Speakers


Thursday September 12, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Ballroom FGH

8:30am CDT

The Power of Moments: How to Create Defining Moments
Great experiences hinge on peak moments. We'll call them "defining moments": short experiences that are both meaningful and memorable. How do small moments of elevation, pride, insight, and connection make large impacts on your staff and collaborative teams? How as leaders do we structure for such moments to motivate the identity of the educators in our system? Come learn how with Susan Hays the sister of the best selling authors of The Power of Moments.

Speakers

Thursday September 12, 2019 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Maple

10:15am CDT

8 Ways to Strengthen Any School
Successful school strengthening and transformation at all levels will be fully explored, outlining eight purposeful ways that today’s educational leaders can positively and significantly impact any school.  The eight steps, which led to extremely high levels of various success, are both creative and realistic for any practitioner. Student achievement scores, teacher’s working condition survey results, and other quantitative and qualitative indicators defined the extraordinary stages of school-level achievement.  One at-risk school identified as one of the lowest 5% in the entire state, came out of sanctions within 16 months.

Speakers


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Cypress B

10:15am CDT

Collective Efficacy-Instructional Leadership:  How Schools Can Create a Collaborative, Feedback Rich Culture Necessary for Instructional Improvement
Human learning requires actionable feedback studies indicate most teachers receive very little in the normal course of events. This seminar will explore how administrators, coaches, and teachers leaders can create effective systems of Public Practice supporting allstaff in learning how to both give and receive effective feedback via peer observation, learning walks, video feedback, etc as well as fine-tuning PLCs to focus squarely on improved teaching/learning.

Speakers


Thursday September 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Ballroom FGH