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2018 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership
ASCD Empower19: The Conference for Every Educator
Imagine a school with a diverse student body where every student feels safe and valued, and all students—regardless of race, culture, home language, sexual orientation, gender identity, academic history, and individual challenges—can succeed with challenging classes, projects, and activities. In this school, teachers notice and meet students’ individual instructional needs and foster a harmonious and supportive environment, and students feel empowered to learn, grow, and pursue their dreams. This is the school all our students need and deserve.
Dominique Smith and Nancy Frey, colleagues at San Diego’s innovative Health Sciences High and Middle College, introduce a new model for achieving equity through social and emotional learning (SEL) to clarify the structural and interpersonal components of an excellent schooling experience.
We know the transformative power of educators, particularly teachers, to improve the life chances of children and youth who live in poverty. We have seen it and felt it in many schools. What sets these educators apart from others is attending to not only what and how they teach, but also who they are (what they believe and value) and why they became educators in the first place. In this institute, the authors will share practical advice from their new ASCD book, Disrupting Poverty: Five Powerful Classroom Practices. Featuring lessons learned from nearly 40 successful educators, many of whom have lived in poverty, the book provides insight into five practices that foster a supportive classroom culture for all students, but especially those who live in poverty. Participants will learn how to confront barriers that can get in the way of success with students who live in poverty and leave inspired and equipped with tips, ideas, and strategies for disrupting poverty’s adverse influence on lives and learning.
Juggling the endless responsibilities of leading a school community is no easy task. We want students and teachers to achieve their greatest potential but when our aspirations and best intentions are not enough, we must turn to transformative pedagogy to make lasting change. This highly engaging workshop is designed for education leaders to obtain the skills needed to authentically foster equitable learning opportunities and holistic community success. In this goal-focused learning opportunity, leaders will gain invaluable knowledge and the practical tools they need to promote effective social and emotional capabilities, manage behavior, and increase student engagement. Expect to leave empowered with a heightened critical consciousness and strategies you can begin sharing and implementing in your schools right away.
This institute will explore the updated Marzano Focused Model for School Leader Growth and Evaluation. Developed by Robert Marzano and Beverly Carbaugh, this evidence-based model responds to significant developments in the field of school leadership research and practice, specifically new language in the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, updated implementation research, and lessons learned from observations in the field. The model takes as its premise that school leaders are made, not born. Every leader can improve and develop professional capacity given the right tools and focus. The session explores the model’s six domains of practice, with attention to the way a model for school leadership can fully align a system, from district to school leaders to teachers, into coherent initiatives for rapid, long-term results.
At some point, you looked in the mirror and said to yourself, “I would just love to become a school administrator.” And now, as an aspiring administrator (principal or otherwise), the realities of educational leadership loom over you like storm clouds, dark and menacing. Admin prep programs share great theories and offer wonderful internship opportunities, but even those can’t adequately prepare you for what awaits. Join best-selling ASCD author Pete Hall, a former award-winning principal and certified principal mentor, in exploring the deep realities of school leadership. Learn about building norms, garnering commitment, honing your “mision” (mission + vision), leading school improvement, maximizing your time, and, of course, “other duties as assigned.” Leave energized, motivated, informed, and empowered, as Hall promises to spit the truth to prepare you for tackling anything that comes your way.