Digital Leadership:  Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

Eric Sheninger
November 20, 2015
Columbia, MO

Eric Sheninger is coming to Columbia, Missouri! His book, Digital Leadership:  Changing Paradigms for Changing Times, will be the focus of a presentation on November 20, 2015. Designing leadership to advance technology systems for students, teachers, and all stakeholders will be a focus of this session.   Topics include:  educator learning networks, teacher support, stakeholder communication, brand presence, instructional practice, and structuring student technology use.

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What Great Principals Do DifferentlyTodd Whitaker_1_4x5

Todd Whitaker
November 13, 2015

What are the specific qualities and practices of great principals that elevate them above the rest? Participants will leave this presentation knowing how to increase effectiveness and implement ideals of principal practice.  With practical wisdom and examples from the field, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities of effective administrators.

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Uplifting Leadership

Andy Hargreaves
April 5, 2016
Columbia, MO

A different perspective on raising performance….

Drawing on his book, Uplifting Leadership, Andy Hargreaves explains the 6 key principles of uplifting leadership that bring about remarkable transformations in education.  The six principles include Dreaming with Determination, Creativity and Counterflow, Collaboration with Competition, Pushing and Pulling, Measuring with Meaning, and Sustainable Success. Dr. Hargreaves will also include his emerging work on leading from the middle into aspects of this session.

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Read Like Detectives, Write Like Reporters, Talk Like Investigators

Nancy Frey
Focus: Grades 2-6
November 4, 2015
Columbia, MO

What a fantastic day with Nancy Frey!  Thank you to Nancy and all participants for the exchange of information and collaboration.   Preparing students for literate lives requires that they be able to read, write, discuss, and think critically about a wide variety of informational and narrative texts.  This session focused on how text-based discussion and collaborative conversations can be purposefully built using an instructional framework that ensures students will be able to read like reporters, write like detectives, and talk like investigators.  Participants explored information and activities for critical reading, collaborative conversations, productive group work, writing based on reading, skill in writing, and worthy text.    Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University.   She has authored many books, including Checking for Understanding, Productive Group Work, Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Text, and Unstoppable Learning.

Systems and Strategies for Formative Assessment Practice

Doug Fisher
Focus:  Grades 3-8 Literacy
April 8, 2016
Columbia, MO

Most teachers and schools have more assessment data than ever before.  What should school systems do? First, format the components of a feedback system to deepen student understanding.  Second, align the multiple measures that are available to use and create a system of data collection, analysis, and impact that results in higher levels of student achievement.  This workshop is packed with strategies for formative assessment practice. It is based on Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey’s books, Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom and  The Formative Assessment Action Plan:  Practical Steps to More Successful Teaching and Learning.

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The Press for Informational Text and the Promise of Projects: Project Based Learning Efforts in the Elementary Grades

Nell Duke
September 14, 2015
St. Louis, MO          

Thank you to all who attended the Nell Duke presentation on September 14 in St. Louis.  Nell provided information related to project-based approaches, a way of developing student informational reading and writing skills.  Participants left with a beginning understanding of project structure, how to embed research-based instructional practices within projects, and how to tailor projects for different types of informational text.