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July 16, 2015
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines

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Handouts:

Having Hard Conversations - Jennifer Abrams
Having Hard Conversations - Part II - Jennifer Abrams

A Culture of Continuous Improvement - the TEAM - Steve Barkley

Instructional Coaching Essentials - Heather Clifton
Making the Most of the Teacher-Coach Relationship - Heather Clifton

Influencer PPT - Joseph Grenny

Building Trust - Jill Harrison Berg
Leadership Alignment Mapping - Jill Harrison Berg

Building Bridges: Connecting Teacher Leadership and Student Success - Jill Schreifer
Influence without Authority handout - Jill Schreifer
Influence without Authority PPT - Jill Schreifer
Leading from the Front of the Classroom: A Roadmap to Teacher Leadership that Works - Jill Schreifer Nuts and Bolts of Teacher Leadership: The First 30, 60, 90 Days - Jill Schreifer
Teacher Leader Competency Framework - Jill Schreifer

Agenda:

7:30 a.m. - Event Check-in Begins

8:15-8:30 a.m. - Opening Welcome

8:30-9:30 a.m.  - Keynote

Influencer with Joseph Grenny - Every leader wants to be an influencer—to create widespread and lasting change. And yet, few leaders possess more than a handful of techniques for getting others to change. What truly influential leaders understand is that influence has little to do with pep talks, bribes or system updates but rather is the capacity to systematically, rapidly and sustainably change a handful of key behaviors. By drawing from the skills of hundreds of successful leaders, thousands of successful change efforts, and more than six decades of the best social science research, Joseph teaches a proven model for leading change—a model that was named the Change Management Approach of the Year by MIT's Sloan Management Review.

9:45 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  - Deep Dive Session

A Culture of Continuous Improvement – the TEAM with Steve Barkley - When Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) function as a team rather than a meeting of individuals (franchise), they produce social capital…with the exchange of expertise and support. The benefits of trust, reciprocity, information and cooperation can flow from peer-to-peer interactions and empower teachers to take charge of continuous instructional improvement … hence increased student learning. Gain information to assess the quality of current PLCs and how to increase the building of teams focused on all students’ success.

9:45-11 a.m. - Breakout Sessions:

Q&A Follow Up with Joseph Grenny

Nuts and Bolts: The first 30, 60 days with Jill Schreifer - Effective teacher leadership marries form with function in order to create transformative change in schools. This session will discuss how to create clearly defined teacher leadership roles designed to have school and system-wide impact, touching on common pitfalls and sharing recommendations of best practices from districts across the country. Participants will discuss a teacher leadership framework to build models of teacher leadership that works by designing for impact, knowing your context, defining measures, and building strategically.

Leadership Alignment Mapping with Jill Harrison Berg - Today’s schools are facing higher and more complex demands than ever before. This challenge requires all hands on deck, but it also requires coordination of their efforts.  In this session, participants will learn how to map formal and informal leadership in their schools so that they can see where leaders’ efforts are complementary, extraneous or conflicting, and they can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their leadership alignment.

Having Hard Conversations - Part 1 with Jennifer Abrams- As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed.  What do we know about the best strategies for those moments?   Based on Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with an introduction to resources and tools for having those necessary hard conversations. 

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions:

Instructional Coaching Essentials with Heather Clifton - Improving student learning is very likely the number one priority of every effective teacher in the state of Iowa.  How can instructional coaching become the professional learning design that makes the biggest difference in teachers’ practices and students’ learning?  Participants in this session will develop a keen understanding of what coaching is and what it is not, as well as how it benefits educators in becoming more resourceful and more effective in their practices, leading to increased student learning.

Influence without Authority with Jill Schreifer - Emerging teacher leaders often lack the direct authority to compel other staff to support their goals and must instead rely on alliances and strong relationships. In this session, participants learn the importance of influence in strategic partnerships and practice analytical skills that thoughtfully develop these relationships to achieve goals. Participants leave with concrete strategies for maximizing their influence in situations where they lack formal authority.

Building Trust with Jill Harrison Berg - Trust is an indispensable element of a successful school community, beginning with the leaders who are co-performing leadership.  In this session, participants will explore Bryk & Schneider’s conception of relational trust, experiment with tools to monitor trust, and learn routines they can establish to build & sustain trust among members of their leadership team.

Having Hard Conversations - Part 2 with Jennifer Abrams - Extending the learning from Part 1, this session will go in greater depth around the use of an outcome map for action planning the conversation as well as a deeper dive into the scripting protocol, all with the goal of having a more humane, growth producing conversation.

12:30-1:30 p.m. - Lunch (on site) and Team Time

1:30 - 4:15 p.m. - Deep Dive Session:

A Culture of Continuous Improvement – the TEAM with Steve Barkley - When Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) function as a team rather than a meeting of individuals (franchise), they produce social capital…with the exchange of expertise and support. The benefits of trust, reciprocity, information and cooperation can flow from peer-to-peer interactions and empower teachers to take charge of continuous instructional improvement … hence increased student learning. Gain information to assess the quality of current PLCs and how to increase the building of teams focused on all students’ success.

1:30-2:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions:

Instructional Coaching Essentials with Heather Clifton - Improving student learning is very likely the number one priority of every effective teacher in the state of Iowa.  How can instructional coaching become the professional learning design that makes the biggest difference in teachers’ practices and students’ learning?  Participants in this session will develop a keen understanding of what coaching is and what it is not, as well as how it benefits educators in becoming more resourceful and more effective in their practices, leading to increased student learning.

Influence without Authority with Jill Schreifer - Emerging teacher leaders often lack the direct authority to compel other staff to support their goals and must instead rely on alliances and strong relationships. In this session, participants learn the importance of influence in strategic partnerships and practice analytical skills that thoughtfully develop these relationships to achieve goals. Participants leave with concrete strategies for maximizing their influence in situations where they lack formal authority.

Leadership Alignment Mapping with Jill Harrison Berg - Today’s schools are facing higher and more complex demands than ever before. This challenge requires all hands on deck, but it also requires coordination of their efforts.  In this session, participants will learn how to map formal and informal leadership in their schools so that they can see where leaders’ efforts are complementary, extraneous or conflicting, and they can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their leadership alignment.

Having Hard Conversations - Part 1 with Jennifer Abrams - As administrators, coaches or colleagues, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed.  What do we know about the best strategies for those moments?   Based on Jennifer’s book, Having Hard Conversations, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with an introduction to resources and tools for having those necessary hard conversations. 

3-4:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Making the Most of the Teacher – Coach Relationship with Heather Clifton - Effective instructional coaches unquestionably have characteristics and attributes that contribute to their success.  More importantly, they pay close attention to developing a relationship of trust, collaboration, and shared practices with their teacher clients.  Making the most of coaching as a design for professional learning requires making the most of the relationships that encourage teacher reflection and growth in a safe environment without fear of judgment, evaluation, or breaches of confidentiality agreements. Participants in this session will learn how to nurture such relationships.

Nuts and Bolts: The first 30, 60 days with Jill Schreifer - Effective teacher leadership marries form with function in order to create transformative change in schools. This session will discuss how to create clearly defined teacher leadership roles designed to have school and system-wide impact, touching on common pitfalls and sharing recommendations of best practices from districts across the country. Participants will discuss a teacher leadership framework to build models of teacher leadership that works by designing for impact, knowing your context, defining measures, and building strategically.

Building Trust with Jill Harrison Berg - Trust is an indispensable element of a successful school community, beginning with the leaders who are co-performing leadership.  In this session, participants will explore Bryk & Schneider’s conception of relational trust, experiment with tools to monitor trust, and learn routines they can establish to build & sustain trust among members of their leadership team.

Having Hard Conversations - Part 2 with Jennifer Abrams - Extending the learning from Part 1, this session will go in greater depth around the use of an outcome map for action planning the conversation as well as a deeper dive into the scripting protocol, all with the goal of having a more humane, growth producing conversation.

Presenters:

Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant for public and private schools, hospitals, universities and non-profits. Jennifer trains and coaches teachers, administrators, nurses, hospital personnel and others on successful instructional practices, new employee support, supervision and evaluation, generational savvy, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills.

In Palo Alto USD (Palo Alto, CA), Jennifer led professional development sessions on topics from equity and elements of effective instruction to teacher leadership and peer coaching and provided new teacher and administrator trainings at both the elementary and secondary level. From 2000-2011, Jennifer was lead coach for the Palo Alto-Mountain View-Los Altos-Saratoga-Los Gatos Consortium’s Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program.

In her educational consulting work, Jennifer has presented at annual conferences such as Learning Forward, ASCD, NASSP, AMLE, ISACS and the New Teacher Center Annual Symposium, as well as at the Teachers’ and Principals’ Centers for International School Leadership. Jennifer’s communications consulting in the health care sector includes training and coaching work at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, and the Corwin Press e-course by the same name, “Planning Productive Talk,” her article for ASCD’s Educational Leadership (October 2011), her chapter, “Habits of Mind for the School Savvy Leader” in Art Costa’s and Bena Kallick’s book, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success, and her contribution to the book, Mentors in the Making: Developing New Leaders for New Teachers published by Teachers College Press. Her book, with co-author Valerie Von Frank, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community was published by Corwin Press in November of 2013. Jennifer also writes a monthly newsletter/blog, Voice Lessons, available for reading at and subscribing to on her website, jenniferabrams.com.

Jennifer has been a featured interviewee on the topic of professionalism for ASCD’s video series, Master Class, hosted by National Public Radio’s Claudio Sanchez, and in the lead article, “Finding Your Voice in Facilitating Productive Conversations” for Learning Forward's The Leading Teacher, Summer 2013 newsletter; as a generational expert for "Tune in to What the New Generation of Teachers Can Do," published in Phi Delta Kappan, (May 2011), and by the Ontario Ministry of Education for their Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations video series.

Jennifer considers herself a “voice coach,” helping others learn how to best use their voices - be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague, supervising an employee, and most recently in writing for the stage, as she did in her tenure as a Board Member of the National New Play Network. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Tufts University. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Jennifer can be reached at jennifer@jenniferabrams.comjenniferabrams.com, and on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

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Steve Barkley: For the past 30 years, Steve has served as a consultant to school districts, teacher organizations, state departments of education, and colleges and universities nationally and internationally, facilitating the changes necessary for them to reach students and successfully prepare them for the 21st century. A prolific published author, his weekly blog, Steve Barkley Ponders Out Loud, has evolved into a go-to resource for teachers and administrators all over the world.

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Jill Harrison Berg is the Director of Leadership Support and Organizational Learning at Teachers21.  In this capacity she directs the Massachusetts Turnaround Principals Network and the Boston Teacher Leadership Program; she provides leadership coaching and consulting support for school and district leaders who strive to create powerful, coordinated leadership systems that tap the leadership potential of teachers; and she leads the effort to strengthen Teachers21′s data routines, ensuring that the organization can share and build on what it is learning from its work in diverse schools and districts throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. Berg began her career in the classroom, teaching elementary and middle grades in public, independent, and international school settings.  Since leaving the classroom in 2001 to pursue a doctorate, Dr. Berg has been engaged in teaching teachers and leaders through various institutions of higher education and nonprofits, including the Boston Plan for Excellence where she founded the Boston Teacher Leadership Certificate Program in 2010. She has been an education consultant to several local, statewide and national agencies on issues of teaching quality including the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Research Council, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Dr. Berg has published several articles on the topics of teacher leadership, teaching quality and leadership development and is the author of Improving the Quality of Teaching through National Board Certification. She earned her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education while participating as a researcher with the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers. She also holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Ed. from Lesley University, and was one of the first teachers in this Commonwealth to become a National Board Certified Teacher (1998). She lives in Boston, where her husband is a second grade teacher and her two children attend public school.

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Heather Clifton has served in education as a teacher, curriculum and professional development specialist and elementary school principal.  She currently works in schools and other organizations as a consultant and facilitator in various aspects of school reform, organization development and professional development.  She is a senior consultant for Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), offering training and support for instructional coaches and principals.  She serves school leaders as an executive coach.  In addition, she is currently serving as a consultant to a secondary College Board school.

Heather’s strong belief in the importance of collaboration has influenced her efforts to assist staffs at all levels to understand and experience the benefits of establishing a culture of trust, collegiality and shared leadership in order to achieve improved outcomes for students.

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Joseph Grenny is a four-time New York Times bestselling author, dynamic keynote speaker, and leading social scientist for business performance. For thirty years, Joseph has delivered engaging keynotes at major conferences including the HSM World Business Forum at Radio City Music Hall. Joseph’s work has been translated into 28 languages, is available in 36 countries, and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500.

Dynamic Keynote Speaker
Joseph has shared the stage with General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Jim Collins, Daniel Pink, Patrick Lencioni, and Brené Brown at some of the world’s premier leadership conferences and organizations including:

• HSM World Business Forum
• Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit
• American Society of Training and Development • American Bankers Association

Bestselling Author
Joseph is the coauthor of four immediate New York Times bestsellers with more than three million copies in print: Crucial Conversations, Influencer, Crucial Accountability, and Change Anything.

He has contributed regularly to BusinessWeek and Forbes; appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Bloomberg, and Fox Business News; and been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.

Business Social Scientist
For the past 30 years, Joseph has conducted social science research with the goal to help leaders and organizations achieve new levels of performance. Specifically, he has focused on human behavior—the underlying written and unwritten rules that shape what employees do every day.

A protégé of Albert Bandura, the world’s most influential and greatest living psychologist, Joseph’s internationally published research led to the development of his four books as well as four award-winning training solutions of the same titles, which have helped more than one million people and 300 of the Fortune 500 companies in 36 countries change human behavior.

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Jill Schreifer, chief operating officer, Leading Educators: In her current role, Jill oversees strategic growth and business development, partnerships, and client relations nationwide, helping create excellent schools and systems improving student achievement through leveraging teacher leadership. Jill’s education and leadership experience includes roles in teacher support and development at Teach for America, Prince George’s Public County Schools, MD; and New Schools for New Orleans, LA. Previously, she served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force as a civil engineer and an instructor at Officer Training School, where she was recognized as Instructor of the Year. Jill transitioned from the military to educational leadership through the Broad Residency in Urban Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Emory University, which she attended as a Woodruff Fellow.

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