Researchers and practitioners alike agree that schools will not achieve high levels of learning for all students until improvements are made to school culture.
Structural changes—policies, programs, schedules, and procedures—will only take a school so far. Achieving sustainable school improvement and increased learning for all requires educators to address long-held beliefs, habits, and expectations. Only after honestly and openly examining a school’s current reality can staff begin creating a positive school culture and climate and making improvements for students, the community, and themselves.
During this two-day school-improvement conference, leading researchers and master practitioners will share professional development and educational leadership strategies for teachers through practical advice and lessons learned from their own experiences.
- Examine the roles of equity and mindset in a healthy school culture
- Acquire practical strategies for improving inclusion for traditionally marginalized students (i.e., race, language, culture, disability, and poverty)
- Understand the role of teacher leadership in improving school climate and culture
- Learn how to create a positive environment and shared commitment in turnaround schools
- Explore the connection between a positive school culture and vital changes in teacher education and practice
- Investigate the principal as a moral leader and protector of culture
- Gain strategies for the development and maintenance of culture in a high-performing school
- Explore the use of technology as a tool for promoting equity and closing the achievement gap
- Develop the school’s Start, Stop, and Continue List
- Envision the school they seek to create and then develop a school-improvement plan for the journey
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