The Principal as Architect: Rewire Your School's Culture to Support Highly Effective Teams
This session’s engaging activities will focus on ways to inspire and support high-performing teams. Participants will use simulations to experience the complexity of skills and strategies required to create a culture in which highly effective teams can flourish. They will learn how to steer teams around the potholes that cause them to become dysfunctional; how to galvanize their staff to sustain lasting change; how to move from confrontation to carefrontation; and how to assess their school’s readiness to move from groups to teams. Participants will design a plan to develop and sustain communities of professional practice in their schools. Nurturing a community of professional practice feeds the culture that will result in highly effective teams. Participants will identify the values and beliefs that the leader and shareholders in their school communities espouse, and assess the alignment between school and district culture.
July 12, 2016 • KASA Training Center, Frankfort • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET
The Principal as Conversationalist: Give Powerful Feedback to Teachers to Enhance Their Effectiveness
In this session, participants will begin to recognize disconnects between beliefs and behaviors in the performance appraisal process. They will understand how a differentiated and developmental model of supervision will result in a school culture that values teachers’ professionalism. The activities in this module will be focused on the Kentucky Framework that includes indicators of effective teaching and learning in four domains of practice: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities. Simulations will engage participants in collaborative and courageous conversations using effective questioning techniques in response to authentic videos. Participants will explore the seemingly contradictory roles of supervisor and coach and learn how to apply each. Participants will design reflective, evidence-based questions to ask during the performance appraisal process and provide feedback to teachers that will strengthen their planning and preparation, classroom environment, and teaching strategies. Using a growth mindset model championed by Carol Dweck, this session will also focus on strategies for professional learning during the life cycle of the career teacher.
September 6, 2016 • KEDC Office, Lexington • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET
The Principal as Appraiser & Designer: An Innovative Framework for Data Informed Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Processes
During this session, participants will explore how data informs a multi-dimensional systemic process that includes everything from community engagement to curriculum design, school culture and instructional leadership climate, and leadership capacity. Principals will learn how data from demographics, perceptions, student learning outcomes and school processes inform programmatic decisions and apply these tools to monitor, measure, and support student growth and inform curriculum design. This session offers a creative, research-based framework for thinking about curriculum, instruction, and assessment about the principal’s role as education leader and about innovative designs that can meet the demands of an integrated approach to a district’s curriculum. Participants will develop a platform of beliefs for the teaching, learning, and assessment process that will support the Kentucky Academic Standards. They will design an approach to the curriculum process that will integrate informational and literary text, build knowledge in the disciplines, and support reading, writing, speaking and listening skills across disciplines.
November 15, 2016 • KASA Training Center, Frankfort • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET
The Principal as Innovator: Lead and Facilitate Change
Principals must lead through pressurized, perplexing times. Today, significant adaptive changes are having an impact on the roles and responsibilities of principals. Participants will understand how to lead change from what is to what will be, focusing on the journey more than the destination. They will uncover powerful strategies that will strengthen their capacity to lead during transitions that will be sustained over time. Participants will be able to differentiate among the different levels of concerns that staff may display during the change process. During this session, each participant will develop an authentic plan for leading an adaptive change that is underway or being considered for her/his school. As a result of this session, participants will: LEARN how to get beyond the walls of resistance by debunking the most common myths about change; STRENGTHEN their capacity to lead their staff through the change process; APPLY strategies that will create a school culture in which changes are sustained over time; UNDERSTAND how to lead change with an unflinching commitment during the journey; and PARTICIPATE in simulations and dynamic learning strategies.
March 14, 2017 • KASA Training Center, Frankfort • 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET