Pre-Conference: Leading Through Change

This preconference is designed for District and School Leaders

Space is limited to 50 people

April 2nd - Schedule
  • 8:00 – 8:30 – Registration 
  • 8:30 – 11:30 – Using a Portrait of a Graduate to Transform Your District with Ken Kay 
  • 11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch Sponsored by EdLeader21
  • 1:00 – 3:00 – Launching Innovation in Schools with Justin Reich
Using a Portrait of a Graduate to Transform Your District: A Leaders Workshop

The most transformative districts in the country have engaged their larger community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate, a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. Locally developed, but globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation. Leadership teams work collectively to build this vision into every aspect of their strategic plan. In this interactive and engaging workshop, education leaders will be challenged to: 1) create a leadership strategy for engaging their community in the development of a Portrait of a Graduate, and 2) develop a roadmap for implementation, considering key shifts in instruction, professional learning, assessment, and school culture. Participants will leave with free tools and resources to help bring to life their vision of 21st century learning for all students.

Ken Kay

Ken is the Chief Executive Officer of EdLeader21, a professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st century education. Ken co-founded the Partnership for 21st Century Skills in 2002 and served as its President for eight years. Prior to his work on 21st-century education, Ken served as executive director of the CEO Forum on Education and Technology. Ken spent 28 years in Washington, DC, where he gained a national reputation as a coalition builder on competitiveness. He founded a landmark coalition of US universities and high-tech companies focused on research and development issues and was the founding Executive Director of the premier CEO advocacy group in the US computer industry

Launching Innovation in Schools

Every great teacher and every great school constantly work towards creating better learning conditions for students. Just as we hope our students become lifelong learners, we as educators should be constantly learning and improving. This workshop is for school leaders of all kinds (from teacher-leaders to principals to superintendents) who are launching innovation in schools—starting new efforts to work together to improve teaching and learning. Together, we’ll examine key elements of the “blocking and tackling” of leading change initiative, from bringing people together around ideas they care about, refining a vision and getting to work, empowering teacher-leaders as change leaders, and effectively creating the conditions for classroom innovation.

Justin Reich

Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.

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