Target Audience: Principals and other educational leaders
Dates: September 26, 2018; 8:30 am registration; 9-3:30 pm
Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities that our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only on what we know, but what we do with what we know.
In this workshop, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset” (as discussed in the book of the same title and is included in this workshop). He’ll share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. This full day workshop is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. It is not focused on the “how to” of technology, but is more focused on the conversations that will help staff move forward in a way that they will be excited yet feel supported in their journey.
George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking. They will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this day. He will start the day with an inspiring talk and then have an open reflection break, allowing participants to share their needs for the day and giving him the opportunity to personalize the rest of the day for Vermont’s leaders.
* Includes meals and the book: Couros: The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity
This workshop is a collaborative effort between CVEDC, the Vermont Principals’ Association and Vermont ASCD. We are proud to bring this dynamic speaker and educational leader here to Vermont.
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school–from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, school and district administrator, and is the author of the book “The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity.” see more…
Instructors/Facilitators: Stuart Weiss, Former South Burlington Schools Director of Learning and Linda Keating, FWSU Director of Curriculum
(October 2018 – May, 2019) 3 Graduate St. Michael’s Credits
Target Audience: New and Aspiring Curriculum Leaders, Teacher Leaders
Dates: October 5, 2018, November 30, 2018, January 18, 2019, March 15, 2019, May 7, 2019
Hours: 9 -3:30 pm (includes light breakfast & Lunch) *Additional participation in online discussion and reflection on learning and growth required for course.
Text: Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn
The learning opportunities are designed to align with Michael Fullan’s four components of the Coherence Framework:
· Focused direction to build collective purpose;
· Cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles;
· Deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation;
· Securing accountability from the inside out.
The sessions are structured to highlight and dig deeper into what drives and shapes a “successful and sustainable approach” to the work of curriculum leaders along the calendar year. Using an “experts in the field” approach, participants will connect with skilled practitioners who can speak to meeting the varied expectations of curriculum leaders across districts, along with the strengths of networking, systems design, improvement cycles, contemporary approaches to curriculum, instruction, and assessments, and communication. Participants will also have opportunities to address problems of practice, review resources, design solutions, and create responsive action plans that will lead to greater success.
Participants will receive guidance in the following areas:
· Vision and Systems-Design
· Relationship Building and Distributing Leadership
· Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Design
· Continuous Improvement Planning and Measuring Progress
· MTSS Models
· Professional Learning and Capacity building
· Grants Development and Management
· Contemporary Education Issues: Local, State, National Personalized learning
· Digitally-Powered Communication (including social media)
|Date:||August 28, 2018|
A 2-day institute tailored for Vermont
Dates: November 7 & 8, 2018; 8:30 registration 9:00-3:30
*Includes 2-day institute, meals, Jim Knight’s book & materials: The Impact Cycle bundle and Instructional Coaching to Increase Engagement workbook
Target Audience: Instructional Coaches, Principals, Professional Developers, Curriculum Directors and other educational leaders
This two-day institute will take your leadership skillset to the next level. The teachers and faculty in schools that make a difference have meaningful dialogue, exciting professional learning opportunities and leaders who are connected to the school community. How can your presentations or teacher workshops inspire and deliver a powerful message? How can your work with teachers show them how to increase student engagement so that you have a high impact school?
Day 1: How to Create High Impact Presentations and Workshops
• Use effective design to develop your presentation
• Designing slide decks (Jim worked with the woman who created Al Gore’s slide deck for a presentation that lead to the Nobel Peace Prize.)
• Apply the learning to real life
• Powerfully deliver your message
• Connect with and read your audience and adapt!
• Keep the energy high throughout.
• Telling stories to bring the learning home.
Day 2: Engagement: What is it? Why is it important? How can we foster it?
Research is quite clear that when students are not engaged, they are more likely to drop out. Engagement is an equity issue. Whether teaching students, adults or each other, engagement matters.
• Why engagement is important for healthy relationships, happiness, and success
• What engagement is, and the difference between behavioral engagement, cognitive engagement, and affective engagement
• How different approaches to engagement can be measured through time on task, experience sampling, and student qualitative responses
• How positive relationships, thinking prompts, effective questions, cooperative learning, quality assignments, stories, and experiential learning can be used to increase engagement
• How the impact cycle can be used to help teachers set goals and implement teaching strategies that increase engagement
|Date:||June 20, 2018|
Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by
Corwin and Learning Forward (2007). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management. He also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives.
Knight has authored articles on instructional coaching and school improvement in publications such as The Journal of Staff Development, Principal Leadership, The School Administrator, Kappan, and Teachers Teaching Teachers.
Several research projects directed by Knight include an IES-funded qualitative and quantitative assessment of coaching and Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, districtwide school reform project for the Topeka Public School District in Kansas. Knight also leads the coaching institutes and the Annual Instructional Coaching Conference offered by the University of Kansas.
Frequently asked to guide professional learning for instructional coaches, Knight has presented and consulted in more than 35 states, most Canadian provinces, and in Japan. He has a PhD in Education and has won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards. He also writes the popular radicallearners.com blog.