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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
February 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jack Baldermann, 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year and 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalist, has led Professional Learning Community work for over twenty two years as a principal and was mentored by Dr. Rick DuFour. Jack and his team led Westmont High School to become one of the most improved in the state and nation with a 99% overall graduation rate, only 5 drop outs in the last six years, a 100% graduation rate for African-American and Latino students four years in a row, double digit increases on state exams and one of the top performing, most inclusive and most improved Advanced Placement programs in the country. Jack has made over 400 presentations and worked successfully with educators in 44 states and Canada. He will share practical and effective strategies and programs for K-12 educational leaders that produce results. The session will focus on how to create a student-centered culture, collaboratively build and get passionate agreement on mission, vision and S.M.A.R.T. goals, and help teachers to achieve high functioning data teams that improve student learning and achievement. This session will give leaders specific ideas and practical tools to improve culture, teacher and team performance and student learning.