The 2019 PreConference Sessions

Wednesday, March 20th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Omni Hotel
Fees: $179/Member $209/Non-Member
Lunch is included in the registration


Learn the Skills to Lead Others with the Four Roles of Great Leaders™ (FranklinCovey)
Presenter: Charles Fonbuena

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
OMNI Providence Hotel: Room TBD
Lunch Included


This workshop will focus on practical skills and tools that participants can apply immediately in their schools, enabling them to align school systems with shared school vision, unleash staff talent, and become truly great leaders.
Most leaders feel that they have far too few opportunities to connect with other leaders and learn together. Experts agree that leaders need strong peer-support networks. Participants won’t just listen to a presenter but will actively participate in a learning cycle with other school leaders that includes opportunities for practice and reflection, which will hone leadership skills.
During the workshop, participants will be introduced to the Whole-Person Paradigm—a foundation for effective leadership—and the 4 Roles of Great Leaders™: modeling, pathfinding, aligning, and empowering. They will assess their own strengths and areas of improvement. Participants will learn how to use and apply powerful leadership tools, such as the 4 Disciplines of Execution®, to address chronic problems faced by their schools, with time to lay a framework to implement these leadership skills upon returning to their schools.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Adopt a paradigm of release, not control
  • Collaborate with other local principals
  • Align school systems and processes
  • Establish a shared school vision among staff
  • Engage staff members and unleash talent

About Charles

Charles Fonbuena is a consultant and master facilitator with FranklinCovey, the world’s premier personal and organizational leadership development authority. Charles joined FranklinCovey in 1991 where he has contributed to the company in the areas of management, sales, marketing, product and content development, and organizational consulting. He loves teaching principle-centeredness because it allows everyone to realize and celebrate that we are all unconsciously competent in many areas, and with a new awareness, take a deliberate approach to improvement. Clients value Charles’s expertise in personal and organizational leadership. He has been effective in consulting and coaching senior-level and mid-level managers on issues related to leadership, culture and performance. Clients also value his deep understanding of principles and facilitating the integration of principle-centered training with strategic objectives, practices and results.

Charles’s career reflects experience in a variety of areas including strategy, management, hiring, staff development, and product development. Clients who have benefited from Charles’s work represent a number of industries including education, technology, religious organizations, printing, sales, banking, insurance, branches of the military, investment, and governmental agencies. Charles received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has been a member of FranklinCovey’s President’s Club, awarded to the company’s highest achievers as a General Manager. Charles lives in Alpine, Utah, with his wife, Julie, and their seven children. He enjoys time and vacations with his family, talks with his wife, running and learning.

20/20 VISION:: VISION 2020
Presenters: Chris Toy and Monte Selby

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
OMNI Providence Hotel: Room TBD
Lunch Included

Come as an individual or as a team for a day to learn, refocus, re-energize, connect, and create a personalized plan to improve what happens for your students.

A bit worn out?  Do you feel like the very same issues or problems are complained about in the workroom, discussed in staff meetings, and recycled each month without getting solved? Ready to do something about it?  In this full day pre-conference, you will get stuff done.  It will be engaging, energizing, satisfying and fun.  With the support of the facilitators and participating educational colleagues and guided by the tenants of This We Believe - an important publication for all middle level educators, you will create a personalized, viable plan that clarifies who needs to do what by when.  Plus, you will understand a process for making effective change happen (for those other issues people are still complaining about).  This will be a focused day where you will achieve 20/20 vision on where you are now, and take concrete steps for implementing your middle level vision for 2020.

Registration includes a copy of this This We Believe along with many resources and ongoing support.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend a follow-up session on Friday at the Annual Conference for more individualized attention and time to work on their plans as well as an email check in within a few months of the conference.

About Chris and Monte

Chris Toy has worked internationally with dozens of school districts, hundreds of schools, and thousands of educators providing exceptional workshops on leadership, teaching, and learning resulting in greater student engagement and academic achievement.
If you are searching for professional development that actively engages participants through modeling best practices, provides time for meaningful interaction and reflection, and creates relevance through adaptation, transfer, and application of useful strategies and tools, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

Dr. Monte Selby has his roots in education as an award-winning teacher, principal, and professor. He works as a trainer and consultant, has keynoted numerous national and international conferences, and written music with nearly 36,000 K-12 grade students. On the creative side, he’s co-authored eight books and composed over 100 published songs, including “Check Your Attitude”, which landed on the 2012 Grammy Award winning Best Children’s Album. Over one thousand performances, workshops and leadership presentations have left audiences laughing, singing, and applauding across North America, Europe and Asia. Hundreds of participants have evaluated Monte's sessions as, "the most engaging presentation I've ever attended!"


Get Your Students Moving Talking, Reflecting and Keep them Engaged. Experiential, Brain-Based Approaches to Promote Social Emotional Learning and Academic Success
Presenter: Jennifer Stanchfield

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
OMNI Providence Hotel: Room TBD
Lunch Included


Join this interactive workshop and fill your teaching and group facilitation toolbox with experiential, brain-based techniques to engage, motivate, and connect students, create a positive, productive and supportive learning community, and maximize social-emotional learning and academic outcomes. Explore brain-based methods to engage learners emotionally, physically and intellectually in academics while practicing important social and emotional skills.

We will explore:

  • Experiential, brain-based methods to actively engage students physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually
  • Strategies for increasing buy-in and ownership of learning
  • Interactive activities to build community while enlivening academic lessons and differentiating instruction
  • Ways to cultivate social and emotional skills such as communication, social problem-solving, relationship skills, collaboration, self-regulation, decision-making, self-awareness, emotional expression, conflict resolution, and reflection
  • Techniques for developing responsive and nurturing relationships teacher to student and peer to peer
  • Novel and dynamic techniques to teach, review and reinforce both academic content and social and emotional learning that help learners apply material in meaningful, relevant ways.
  • New research from the field of educational neuroscience and its impact on learning, teaching, and social-emotional skills development
  • Reflective tools to help learners find meaning, increase depth of understanding, and application to future learning
  • The role of the educator as guide, and the importance of flexibility, attitude, adaptation, and awareness of group and individual needs and differences

These activities can be facilitated in any size space with simple materials. They can be adapted to varying ages, settings, and abilities. Participants will take away strategies that will help them build a positive environment for learning, develop social-emotional skills, actively engage learners, and promote a positive culture in their school.

About Jennifer Stanchfield:

Jennifer Stanchfield offers practical resources that come from her diverse experiences with learners of all ages incorporated with the latest brain-based research to increase meaningful engagement, integration of SEL with academic content, and community building in the classroom and beyond She is known for her work helping schools and community programs all over the world use experiential methods to develop a positive and supportive learning environment, increase student engagement, and develop social-emotional skills. She has a master’s degree in Experiential Education and Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has worked as a teacher, a clinician in treatment centers for children and adolescents, an adventure educator, and as a professional development provider for educators and counselors. Through these experiences, she has developed an extensive repertoire of experiential activities, tools, and methods she brings to her engaging and informative workshops. Jen is the author of Inspired Educator, Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community and Create Lasting Lessons and Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation.