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Conference on Educational Leadership
Conference on Educational Leadership Pre-Conference Institutes
Professional Development Institutes
An Event to Help You Succeed in Challenging Times
New standards and benchmarks for performance… new evaluation measures for your staff and yourself… new technologies and curricula to implement in every grade and subject—school leaders have to juggle way more complexity than they ever have before. But you can learn the secrets to great leadership practices at the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership this fall in Florida. This annual event will* Update you on the latest breakthrough practices for school and district administration.* Equip you with new strategies and technologies for heightening school performance. * Connect you to the top leaders in school districts across the country.
How can educators blend the important elements of culture, purposeful learning, graduate release of responsibility, and formative assessment into a system of instruction that provides high quality instruction in every classroom? Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey have streamlined their work from several books to provide educators with a cohesive framework called FIT Teaching , and participants in this institute will learn how each of these components are connected and can provide the framework needed to support educators in developing the tools and skills necessary for enhancing teacher effectiveness and positively impacting student achievement. Participants will interact and have the opportunity to create a lesson plan that will incorporate the four components that can be immediately used back in the classroom. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, 2nd edition, Fisher and Frey.
What does it take to disrupt poverty’s adverse influence on student learning? It requires far more than a teacher’s diligent and often heroic effort in his/her individual classroom. Even when successful, these endeavors are rarely replicated or sustained without far broader and deeper collective action. Based on the ASCD book, Turning High Poverty Schools into High Performing Schools, authors Bill Parrett and Kathleen Budge will provide participants with a framework for collaborative action. Acknowledging the unique context of each participant’s school (s) the authors will provide self-study, planning, and coaching tools to guide the design of action plans specifically targeted to disrupt poverty’s negative influence in any school. Participants will receive a copy of the book, High-Poverty, High-Performing Schools by Parrett and Budge.
How can principals, teacher leaders, and coaches work together to ensure every teacher is continually improving his or her effectiveness? Based on the book of the same title by Pete Hall (winner of the 2004 ASCED Outstanding Young Educator Award) and Alisa Simeral, this collaborative two-day institute will teach participants how to use the innovative Continuum of Self-Reflection as a powerful tool to enhance self-reflection, to increase teacher effectiveness, and to strengthen the school culture. Co-author Pete Hall, experienced principal and educator, will teach participants how he used this tool to build the capacity of his teachers and teacher leaders, to increase teacher effectiveness in every classroom in his school, and to deepen each teacher’s self-reflection skills. Participants will receive a copy of the book, Building Teacher Capacity for Success by Hall and Simeral.
How can educators ensure that every child, regardless of abilities, can engage with rigorous content found in the new standards? Whether your district has adopted the new Common Core State Standards or another set of new standards, educators at every level can learn the key principles and practices of curriculum design and differentiation to support maximum student growth for a broad range of learners. Participants will explore the concept of “teaching up”, develop learning targets, design lessons that challenge and support every learner, and leverage formative assessment data to help plan, guide, scaffold, and extend the instruction of rigorous content. Participants will receive a copy of the ASCD Arias, A Differentiated Approach to the Common Core: How Do I Help a Broad Range of Learners Succeed with Challenging Curriculum? by Carol Ann Tomlinson and Marcia Imbeau.
What does it take to motivate and engage every learner? Student engagement is recognized as the most important factor contributing to student achievement and as critical to student success. This institute is a “flipped” model that blends both online and onsite learning. Participants will be a part of an online VLC (virtual learning community) both before and after the one-day onsite institute. The VLC will meet prior to the onsite day to learn about student motivation theory from an ASCD faculty expert, attend an onsite experience to acquire a wide variety of engagement strategies and tools from the same ASCD expert, and finally collaborate online again with fellow participants as the ASCD faculty expert coaches and guides participants during implementation.