Strand D

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Effective Leadership for Building and Systems Leaders

Effective middle level leaders are, first and foremost, knowledgeable and skilled at meeting the unique needs of young adolescents and implementing the appropriate and effective programs and practices. They set high standards, are collaborative, and provide leadership.
Topics in this strand may include, but are not limited to:

● Instructional leadership
● Leadership best practices & skills
● Data driven decision-making
● Organizing schools for success
● Professional learning communities
● Building support and advocacy
● Developing teacher leaders
● Establishing a climate for student success
● Community partnerships
● Parent community support
● Building positive relationships with all stakeholders
● Creating a safe and supportive school culture Instructional leadership
● Developing and supporting teacher leaders

The Sessions

A Toolkit for New School Leaders

Presenter(s): Bill Whalen, Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, Seekonk, MA

This workshop offers tips and best practices to support principals and assistant principals thrive, especially in their first few years as school leaders. Gain knowledge about proven strategies that enhance positive school culture, communication with families, educator evaluation, and distributive and instructional leadership. Learn how to best support teachers in the area of curriculum, assessment, and data-driven instruction. (58)

Design Your Own Professional Development Experience with Fund for Teachers

Presenter(s): Jenna Cinelli, Dolan Middle School, Stamford, CT

Ever wanted to design your own professional development experience? This session will teach you about the Fund for Teachers organization, where teachers design their own PD experience and apply for a grant to fund their PD dream! Come see what being a Fund for Teachers Fellow is all about! (49)

Developing "Collective Efficacy" through Peer Coaching of Evidence Based Practice

Presenter(s): Aaron Cinquemani, Dr. Maura Hart, Mary Lord and Caitlin Wright, M.Ed., Charlestown Middle School, Charlestown, NH

In this session, we will outline an implementation process by means of peer coaching to guide the use of Evidence Based practices in the classroom. There are three focus areas within this process: Peer Coaching, Evidence Based Practice, and the use of checklists to guide teacher reflection. (47)

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Building a Strong Instructional Team

Presenter(s): Christine Baldelli and Cheryl Milo, New Fairfield Middle School, New Fairfield, CT

Think about the reason pitchers and catchers report before the rest of the team. They must build trust and communication in the same manner that a principal and assistant principal do. We will focus on how to build an instructional team that works together from vision to leading forward. (49)

Social Media or Social Life: The Principal's Dilemma

Presenter(s): Jody Capelluti and Anita Stewart-McCafferty, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME

The use of Facebook, texting, Twitter, webpages, blogs, and other social media/technology tools have increased the principal’s interaction with stakeholders. But what has been the impact on the work-life balance of the principal? Participants will discuss scenarios in small groups, take an abbreviated survey, and apply findings from presenters' research. (50)

Enhancing School Leadership with iPad

Presenter(s): Matt Brooks, Apple Inc., Acton, MA

Learn how you can use iPad and the Apple ecosystem to support your role as a school leader. Join us for a hands-on experience, designed to increase awareness among school leadership about the impact of mobile learning with iPad. Assessment strategies, mobile walkthroughs, communication with your community, along with curriculum resources will be shared in this session. (57)