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January 2019

The Evolution of Education: Shifting from Traditional Classrooms to Personalized Learning

January 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools will become dangerously irrelevant if we do not begin to transform at a rate consistent with the rest of society. With the ever-changing demands on schools and students, leaders must be willing and able to challenge the status quo and move from traditional classrooms to progressive and personalized learning. This academy provides practical tips and techniques, but also focuses on the conceptual frameworks and habits of mind that must exist in order to be a leader of personalized learning.…

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Difficult conversations are unpleasant, but they don’t have to be unproductive. Veteran administrator Don Anderson gives techniques on how to make sure difficult conversations yield positive results for everyone involved. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***This Event is FREE*** Early Childhood Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Early childhood programs make a difference for all children including those most at risk! If you have a program funded by ISBE or DHS, this webinar will introduce you to the EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS 3)! ECERS 3 is designed to provide a valid measure of global quality in early learning environments. For ISBE Preschool for All or PFA Expansion program, this is the instrument used for program monitoring so make sure you are familiar with this tool to…

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Effective Supervision and Evaluation Strategies to Use with Counselors and Support Personnel

January 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Administrators often have questions regarding how to effectively work with student support personnel (school counselor, social workers, and psychologists). This workshop will provide specific strategies to be used immediately in the effective supervision and evaluation of student support personnel. Participants will also learn about current resources pertinent to student support personnel to inform their work with schools, students, teachers, and families. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in Schools Today

January 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT*** Administering High Quality ISBE Preschool for All Block Grant Programs

January 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Good to Great! Learn the keys to implementing and supporting a high quality preschool program. Using the ISBE Compliance Checklist, this academy will review the required components of the ISBE Preschool for All Grant. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Discipline at Work: Practical Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges

January 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Do you find yourself driving to school hoping all the students behave so you can get some work or teaching done? There are many student behaviors that challenge us and leave us feeling angry, puzzled or helpless to accomplish our goals. Most traditional methods of discipline do not seem to work or change the behaviors. Let's move from traditional methods of discipline to a positive behavior support philosophy. Create an environment of social and emotional security that encourages mutual respect…

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Practical Guidance on Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

January 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This Academy will review the identification, eligibility, and legal factors in maintaining compliance with Section 504 in the school environment. Critical issues and practices will be outlined as it pertains to avoiding discrimination and developing Section 504 Plans that are comprehensive and appropriate. Special emphasis will be on the interplay and differences between the IDEA and Section 504. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT*** Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will assess their early childhood programs relative to Dual Language Learners/English language Learners (DLLs/ELs) by using the Program Preparedness Checklist from HeadStart and examining program level policies and procedures for DLLs/ELs. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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February 2019

Book Study: Building a Culture of Trust – (Session 1 of 3)

February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States

Trust is the foundational element that takes teams from mere coordination to true collaboration – the kind of synergy and creativity that enables people to be authentic, real, open and transparent, and to learn, innovate and take risks together. Rather than experiencing trust as elusive, in this academy we will learn specific behaviors to establish, restore and extend trust in relationships – resulting in an increase in the speed we are able to achieve results and a decrease in the…

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Leading with Justice for All: Are you Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias and Response

February 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Mission statements often state that we value all learners, meeting their individual academic and social-emotional needs to make them life-long learners. We view students through our personal lens that often can unintentionally be filtered by bias. This is often the case when we encounter students who we have difficulty relating too because their story and identity is not what we are familiar with or can relate to. This Academy will offer the opportunity for you to reflect upon leading with…

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PSAT/SAT Dive into Data: Using Your Students’ Scores to Drive School Improvement

February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Have you ever wanted to know simple, systematic steps to improve students' PSAT/SAT scores? This academy will tell you the series of steps to dissect your PSAT/SAT data, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students and schools' performance, create partnerships with your teachers on what they can do to drive student improvement, and how to educate your parents on what a PSAT/SAT score report contains. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

February 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Difficult conversations are unpleasant, but they don’t have to be unproductive. Veteran administrator Don Anderson gives techniques on how to make sure difficult conversations yield positive results for everyone involved. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Book Study: Mindset – Session 1 or 4

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States

The Mindset Book Study explores how mindsets, growth or fixed, can impact the quality of our lives, relationships, and accomplishments. Session 2 - March 8, 2019 Session 3 - April 5, 2019 Session 4 - May 3, 2019 Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***This Event is FREE***Five Key Practices for Every Teacher that works with English Learners

February 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn ways to improve programs and instruction for English Language learners. Research-based key practices at the district, school and classroom levels will be shared. Using templates, checklists, and useful tips, participants will receive information and effective strategies to improve ESL, literacy, and content instruction. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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**FREE EVENT** The Foundation of MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) in Early Learning Environments

February 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This academy will help provide guidance on ways to effectively create an evidenced-based Multi-Tiered System of Supports to promote successful academic and behavioral outcomes for young children in any learning environment. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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…

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in your Classroom

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Are your teachers using technology to redefine student learning or simply substituting paper and pencil with expensive devices? This workshop will help you understand the four levels of technology integration and the part that technological skills play in a 21st Century teacher’s instructional toolkit.  It will also provide you with tools for evaluating your teacher’s current practices, help you understand how technology fits into a teacher’s continuous improvement process, and help guide your school on an effective path toward differentiated…

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Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

February 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Instructional coaches are all over education and many schools have recently acquired them or grown their program. How do you as a leader help them and the program increase the instructional capacity of your faculty? This session will hone in on those practices that build up your tool box and understanding of the supportive actions administrators can take and how to avoid fragmentation with your evaluation and coaching processes. Coaching can be a major leadership lever for you to drive…

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Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders

February 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn how schools have expanded teachers’ roles and responsibilities and instituted rewards and recognition programs to give teacher leaders new and increased importance in improving classroom instruction and student achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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March 2019

How Data Demands Dual Credit for Everyone

March 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Dual credit and other early college options are increasing the college and career readiness of students across the state. Learn more about the impact of early college coursework on postsecondary success including higher enrollment rates, higher GPAs and greater rate of retention to a second semester. The new dual credit bill will be discussed including the impact this will have on a school’s ability to find and keep qualified dual credit instructors. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

March 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

March 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will learn how to implement standards-based grading and learning and leave with ready-made resources for in-house professional development. Topics covered will include how to deconstruct standards and develop common language; communication to stakeholders; assessment design; and monitoring student progress. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Family Engagement & Student Attendance: Meaningful, Ongoing Involvement in School

March 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to assess parent engagement and analyze student attendance. Specifically, this academy will help administrators identify school-wide initiatives to boost student attendance, decrease truancy and increase parent involvement. Strategies will be given that help administrators work more closely with stakeholders to create partnerships and increase engagement between parents/guardians, community members, teacher, students and administrators. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The School Leader as Coach and Evaluator

March 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This interactive webinar engages participants in understanding key ideas and best practices in coaching and unpack how leaders can live those practices in their daily work. Participants reflect on their own experiences, build new knowledge, ask questions, and start planning their personal next steps as they curate big ideas from the coaching field and apply them to their own contexts as leaders and evaluators. The pre-readings, handouts and homework provide relevant research and a leave leaders with a toolkit to…

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Equity & Racial Literacy for School Leaders & Staff to Maximize Student Learning

March 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to lead your school community through a process that assesses the adaptability of your organization. Model what it means to be a life-long learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st century world that is far from race neutral. Begin building an equitable learning environment by examining how your personal experiences and attitudes impact your professional practices. Use your sphere of influence to create a space for loving accountability that addresses…

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Alternatives to Suspension: Restorative Practices

March 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Senate Bill 100 forced all of us to examine our practices related to suspensions and expulsions. While it might have been painful in the beginning, this piece of legislation made a significant - and positive - impact on student learning as well as classroom and school wide disciplinary practices. This interactive learning opportunity is designed to support rural, urban, and suburban educators as they move in the positive direction of restorative practices. As we all look for a silver bullet…

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The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: They Key to Successful School Leadership

March 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

As a school leader, your emotional intelligence impacts the ebb and flow, the success and failure of your teachers, your students and your school. This session will use several resources, including the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and the 4 Agreements to help you to create a plan to address, improve and maintain your emotional intelligence, as you support teaching and learning within your school. You will also have an opportunity to learn from other participants. It’s a fun session…

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The Principal: Building a Staff, Establishing a Climate, Leading Achievement

March 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Development of a quality, caring staff is foremost in the success of any school building or district. This academy looks at some of the most important elements in building a climate that leads to excellence. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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April 2019

Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connecting

April 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

April 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

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What Connected Leaders Do Differently

April 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Discover the power of creating and growing your personal and professional learning network (PLN) with educational leaders around the world! In this academy, you will learn the eight key behaviors describing what connected educational leaders do differently, how to connect, and why it matters. You will learn about new tools, resources, and ideas that will help you grow as a leader and help you share your school’s story. Learn how to customize professional development for you and your staff so…

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Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

April 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***This EVENT is FREE***Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

April 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

When English learners receive instruction from ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers in different classrooms, it is essential for these teachers to collaborate and coordinate instruction. Using templates, checklists, and chat discussions, participants will learn useful information and strategies about research-based effective instructional strategies for English learners. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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May 2019

Trauma Responsive Practices: Learning, Leading and Connecting

May 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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Equity & Racial Literacy for School Leaders & Staff to Maximize Student Learning

May 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Wondering how you will provide a staff in-service on implicit racial bias? Start here! Learn to lead your school community through a process that assesses the adaptability of your organization. Model what it means to be a life-long learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st century world that is far from race neutral. Begin building an equitable learning environment by examining how your personal experiences and attitudes impact your professional practices.…

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What Went Wrong: How to Avoid Special Educ Litigation

May 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This presentation will analyze the special education case law and recent legal guidance from both OSEP and OCR to ensure that your school organization can avoid the decisions that ultimately led schools to litigation. Each case will be discussed with a focus on the missteps or omission, including alternative options for action and legal requirements under both state and federal law. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

May 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

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Discipline at Work: Practical Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges

May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Do you find yourself driving to school hoping all the students behave so you can get some work or teaching done? There are many student behaviors that challenge us and leave us feeling angry, puzzled or helpless to accomplish our goals. Most traditional methods of discipline do not seem to work or change the behaviors. Let’s move from traditional methods of discipline to a positive behavior support philosophy. Create an environment of social and emotional security that encourages mutual respect…

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Alternative to Suspension: Restorative Practices

May 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Senate Bill 100 forced all of us to examine our practices related to suspensions and expulsions. While it might have been painful in the beginning, this piece of legislation made a significant – and positive – impact on student learning as well as classroom and school wide disciplinary practices. This interactive learning opportunity is designed to support rural, urban, and suburban educators as they move in the positive direction of restorative practices. As we all look for a silver bullet…

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health & Wellness in School Today

May 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Legal Rights of Students and Parents

May 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Amendment Rights, social media use, the changing liability of technology, teacher behavior, handbooks. searches, and bullying are not just "hot topics," they are everyday issues.  This academy talks about all of these and more. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in your Classroom

May 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Are your teachers using technology to redefine student learning or simply substituting paper and pencil with expensive devices? This workshop will help you understand the four levels of technology integration and the part that technological skills play in a 21st Century teacher’s instructional toolkit. It will also provide you with tools for evaluating your teacher’s current practices, help you understand how technology fits into a teacher’s continuous improvement process, and help guide your school on an effective path toward differentiated…

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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

May 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Understanding Demographic Changes in IL and Their Impact on Schools

May 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Explore what the underlying factors are that drive "ethnic succession" better know as "white flight."  Learn successful strategies that help keep entering students from falling behind regardless of their race/ethnicity or social class.  Demographic changes is a certainty in our state preparing for them is what effective culturally responsible leaders practice. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Reducing Conflict and Working with Difficult Employees and Parents in Schools

May 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This session will demonstrate strategies and resources that are currently used to reduce organizational conflict and make working with difficult and resistant people easier. Examples of all research results, assessment tools and management strategies will be provided to participants. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Principal: Building a Staff, Establishing a Climate, Leading Achievement

May 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Development of a quality, caring staff is foremost in the success of any school building or district. This academy looks at some of the most important elements in building a climate that leads to excellence. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The School Leaders Guide to Social Media

May 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Social media is the preeminent communication vehicle used in today's society. Still, schools are reluctant to embrace the new communication reality. This academy helps school leaders to overcome anxiety associated with social media, learn tips and techniques to improve their practice, and develop strategies to leverage social media to engage their staff, students, and community. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The School Leader as Coach and Evaluator

May 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This interactive webinar engages participants in understanding key ideas and best practices in coaching and unpack how leaders can live those practices in their daily work. Participants reflect on their own experiences, build new knowledge, ask questions, and start planning their personal next steps as they curate big ideas from the coaching field and apply them to their own contexts as leaders and evaluators. The pre-readings, handouts and homework provide relevant research and a leave leaders with a toolkit to…

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June 2019

Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

June 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Culture Counts: What Effective Leaders do to Building Leadership Capacity and Increase Student Success

June 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

A positive School Culture is the secret sauce of for excellence for both students and staff. Culture Counts! Mindset: Our beliefs play a critical role in the quality of our teaching and learning experiences. Our mindsets could either hinder or help us be our best selves. The good news is mindsets are changeable. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading with Justice for All: Are you Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias, and Response

June 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States
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