Thought Leaders (TLXX)

Thought Leaders, 1-hour (TLXX), Monday and Tuesday AM and PM


Andrew Hargreaves
Thomas More Brennan Chair of the Lynch School of Education
Boston College
Dennis Shirley
Professor, Lynch School of Education
Boston College

TL11 | Leading From the Middle: Building the Professional Capital of All Educators

Drawing on their cutting-edge research, Andy Hargreaves, Dennis Shirley, and colleagues will show how schools can work together to initiate large-scale changes that benefit all students. Their book, Leading from the Middle provides a new model of change that ensures every child gets great teaching every year. Examine what role system leaders at the top should play to activate and energize more leadership from the middle. Leave with an understanding of how to harmonize your own approaches with other ongoing change initiatives from the top or bottom of your system.

Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Change Management, Comprehensive System Improvement/Reform, Distributed/Shared Leadership, School Improvement/Reform
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Matthew Kay
Author
Science Leadership Academy

TL12 | Not Light, But Fire: Leading Meaningful Race Conversations

Author and educator Matthew Kay will discuss how to prepare a classroom environment that is ready for meaningful conversations about race. Kay will model conversational structures and lead a discussion where you share, then hone, your conversational practice.

Area Focus: Equity
Topics: Cultural/Gender/Racial Equity, Literacy
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Courtlandt Butts
Equity Program Manager of Government/NGO Partnerships
Pacific Educational Group

TL13 | Taking the Courageous Conversation to Scale

What efforts are involved in scaling up the Courageous Conversation throughout municipalities? Modeling the practice of adaptive leadership this panelist will contribute to the discussion by speaking to experiences that have led to healing, progression and new challenges as we navigate the complexities of achieving higher levels of racial equity at a systems level.

Area Focus: Equity
Topic: Cultural/Gender/Racial Equity
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Lauren Weisskirk
Chief Strategy Officer
EdReports
Shannah Estep
Outreach Specialist
EdReports
Jody Guarino
Mathematics Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education
Janise Lane
Executive Director
Baltimore City Public Schools

TL14 | Leveraging Curriculum for Student Success: Do’s and Don’ts from Leaders across the Field

Research shows that fewer than 20% of teachers nationwide have access to aligned, high-quality instructional materials. This disproportionately affects our poorest students and students of color. Understand the current condition of the instructional materials market. Learn from leaders at the state, regional, district and non-profit levels about how they translate policy into action, signal the importance and indicators of quality, create incentives to “make the best choice, the easiest choice”, and support implementation to ensure quality use of materials. Gain inspiration from others’ lessons learned and identify next steps for your own work.

Area Focus: Instructional Materials and Curriculum
Topics: Advocacy Efforts, Improving Instruction, Literacy, Mathematics, Open Educational Resources/Practices (OER/OEP), Policy Development
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Policy Makers and Community Stakeholders, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Jevelyn Bonner-Reed
Director, Grant Innovation
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Marina Cofield
Senior Executive Director
New York City Department of Education

TL15 | Strengthening school leadership and getting results: The Principal Pipeline

Gaining clarity on a district’s leadership standards, being intentional about tapping potential leaders, engaging with pre-service partners to strengthen principal preparation, and developing tracking systems to effectively document a leader’s professional journey can produce significant benefits for districts, schools, and students, new research finds. Learn how district leaders from New York City and Charlotte-Mecklenburg used these and other strategies to strengthen the principalship, decrease principal turnover, and achieved improved results for students as part of The Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Initiative.

Area Focus: Developing and Supporting Leaders
Topics: Leadership Development, Principal Pathways/Pipelines, School Improvement/Reform
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Jenny Betz
School Climate Specialist
WestEd

TL21 | It's a Brain Issue, Not a Behavior Issue: How Trauma and Toxic Stress Impact the Brain

We may not always know it, but many of our students arrive at school each day with the weight of the world on their shoulders, having experienced adversities that impact their physical and emotional wellbeing and make it incredibly difficult to excel at school. But with curiosity, compassion, and the right tools, we can create school environments where all students can thrive. This lecture will focus on how trauma and toxic stress impact student brains and what that means for school staff. Participants will learn about typical and trauma-impacted brain development, trauma-informed practices, student resilience, and the importance of staff wellness.

Area Focus: Social & Emotional Learning and Health
Topics: Culture and Climate, Integrating Student or Teacher Voice, Social Emotional Learning/Health (SEL/SEH)
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Tanji Reed Marshall
Senior Practice Associate for P-12 Literacy
The Education Trust

TL22 | Analyzing Assignments for Rigor and Equity

Assignments play a critical role in determining the degree to which students are being fully prepared for college and careers. Assignments also offer a window into instruction, teacher expectations of their students, how teachers understand their standards, and how students interact with the curriculum. Research from the Education Trust has revealed that nearly two decades after many states have adopted higher rigor standards, students continue to be given assignments far below the rigor demanded to be successful in college and careers. This session will contain a review of recent research on the quality of assignments and provide an overview of a framework for participants to analyze assignments in their schools and districts.

Area Focus: Using Data and Measuring Impact
Topics: Data-Driven Decision Making, Formative Assessment Practices
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Susan Gates
Director, Office of Research Quality Assurance
RAND Corporation

TL23 | An Evidence-Based Strategy to Improve Student Achievement

Research across the decades has confirmed that effective school leadership is associated with better outcomes for students and schools. But how can school districts develop and sustain a large corps of highly-qualified leaders? [LP1] A recent RAND report evaluates six large school districts’ efforts to build “principal pipelines” by better preparing, selecting, evaluating, and supporting principals, and finds that these efforts were feasible, affordable, and effective. This presentation will provide an overview of the key findings from the report, including how building principal pipelines produced positive effects in student outcomes and principal retention.

Area Focus: Developing and Supporting Leaders
Topics: Leadership Development, Principal Pathways/Pipelines, School Improvement/Reform
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents

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Kristin Hamilton
Vice President, Standards
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

TL24 | Pride of Ownership: Professional Standards for Teaching and Learning

The word ‘Standard’ likely stems from an old combination of two words: Stand and Hard. How can educators in all spheres leverage professional teaching standards to “stand hard” for their profession, career growth, teaching practices, advocacy within school communities, and other endeavors? Gain insights about the history and content of teaching standards--created by teachers, for teachers--over the past several decades and the evidence of their relevance and usefulness. Leave with concrete strategies for applying and leveraging these standards in your own careers and initiatives.
Area Focus: Leading Learning Systems
Topics: Allocating Resources for Professional Learning (time and dollars), Career Pathways, Teacher Leadership
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: District Level Professional Development Leaders, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders

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Dennis Sparks
Past Executive Director
Learning Forward

TL25 | Looking Back, Forging Ahead: A Conversation With Dennis Sparks

Learning Forward has long led the charge to define effective professional learning and to connect and support those responsible for leading learning in districts and schools. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, join the organization’s first executive director Dennis Sparks, who led then-NSDC until 2007. Pull up a chair for a conversation about key moments in the field’s history and the role NSDC-Learning Forward played. Share ideas about what may come next and hear Sparks’s insights from a career’s worth of experiences in educational leadership and professional learning.

Area Focus: International Perspectives and Emerging Issues
Topics: Career Pathways, Comprehensive System Improvement/Reform, Culture and Climate, Educator Effectiveness, Implementation, Leadership Development
Session Length: 1-hour
Audiences: Classified/Support Staff, District Level Professional Development Leaders, District Office Personnel (Directors/Consultants for Instruction, Technology, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Assessment), Policy Makers and Community Stakeholders, Principals, Assistant Principals, School-based Professional Development Leaders/Instructional Coaches, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Teacher Leaders/Mentors/Team Leaders, Technical Assistance Providers

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