(1) KEYNOTE TITLE:  CHANGING THE METAPHORS CHANGES THE POSSIBILITIES – Dr. Linda Henke  FullSizeRender

DESCRIPTION:  In this presentation, Dr. Linda Henke examines the role industrialization has played in shaping schools.  She suggests alternative metaphors and mental models  can help transformative leaders support change in new and more productive ways.  Henke points to the work in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights District (MRH), a school district that fifteen years ago was in the bottom twenty percent of schools in Missouri and now is considered one of the best.  MRH leaders consciously embraced work with metaphors as they began their transformative process.  Henke, Director of the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership, looks to the natural world for new images and ideas to counter the model of the machine that has held schools in the U.S. in a stranglehold for the last century.

RESOURCES:  Dr. Henke’s resources for this presentation are on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

 

(2) KEYNOTE TITLE:   A VISION FOR TRANSFORMATION – Dr. Joe Davis


DESCRIPTION:  
When the nation tuned in to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Dr. Joseph Davis took notice from his home in North Carolina.  As he began to investigate the community and its schools he discovered a school district with great potential and community support, but the performance didn’t add up.  With a transformational approach Davis knew that the underperforming district could become a top performer and provide a high quality education for all students.  In this presentation Dr. Davis shares a vision for transformation based on building a strong foundation, Joe Didentifying student learning problems, verifying causes, and generating solutions.  Utilizing the Framework for Powerful Results, District leaders must implement and monitor those solutions to achieve results.

RESOURCES: Dr. Davis’ slides are available on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

 

(3) KEYNOTE TITLE:   APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AS A LEADERSHIP MODEL – Dr. Vicki May

DESCRIPTION: Dr. Vicki May will share a dynamic the leadership model.  Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a collaborative, strength-based approach to organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations around the world.  Appreciative Inquiry is a way of thinking, seeing and acting for powerful, purposeful change. Traditional approaches to school change look for the problems, do a diagnosis, and find a solution.  The primary focus is on what is wrong or broken. By paying attention to problems, we emphasize and amplify them.  Alternatively, AI, based on work of David Cooperrider, suggest a different approach.  The assumption is that every organization is doing something that “works” and that change can be managed through the identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works. Appreciative Inquiry is not a technique but a dynamic process that we can learn and practice. In this short course we will learn and practice the 5-D Appreciative Inquiry Cycle and learn skills to lead positive, lasting change in your school.

RESOURCES:  The slides from Dr. May’s keynote are on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

Dr. James Randle and Sean Stallings from Targeted Leadership Consulting

 

Tangie Oglesby

Tangie Oglesby gears up to take notes.

TITLE:  CREATING AN ETHIC OF EXCELLENCE — Dr. Linda Henke

DESCRIPTION:  Ron Berger’s book, An Ethic of Excellence, has influenced schools across the nation to transform their visions of what is possible in nurturing rich learning environments and experiences for children.  In this workshop, we will build our skillfulness through study and practice in developing excellence as a deep cultural norm in our schools.  Our exploration will include the concepts of multiple iterations, peer critique, after-action reviews, midcourse corrections, and models of excellence.  Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their reactions to Berger’s book as part of the week’s agenda.

RESOURCES:  See the Projects/Resources page for important resources/slides for this course.

Linda Henke

(1) TITLE:  DATA AND THE INQUIRY MODEL – Dr. Joe Davis  FullSizeRender

DESCRIPTION:  Simply having more data available to schools is insufficient to improve learning for ALL children. This module is designed to provide schools with a framework to examine data as they begin their professional learning cycle. This module will clarify the role and responsibilities of the data strategists, and a process for building data teams across the District. Schools will be encouraged to open up effective practice around the use of data that can be taken to scale district-wide. This process will be tightly aligned to the Framework For Powerful Results, so participants understand the relevant connections. From building data teams and focusing on equity, to having deep discussion about data, participants will have a clearer focus on the next pedagogical steps to improve teacher practice and student academic outcomes.

(2) TITLE:  PATTERNS AND PRACTICES FOR DEEP CHANGE:  DESIGN AND SYSTEMS THINKING – Dr. Linda Henke IMG_4202

DESCRIPTION:  A key premise of the Santa Fe Center is that powerful patterns embedded at all levels of the school support resiliency and agility as the organization learns and changes.  This short course explores how design and systems thinking can support the work of transformation.  Participants will select current or potential issues in their schools and apply these patterns to their work.  Finally, we will explore potential ways to implement these strategies into classrooms, departmental, and building levels.

Linda Henke on June 7RESOURCES:  These will be available on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

(3)  TITLE:  APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY AS A LEADERSHIP MODEL – Dr. Vicki May  FullSizeRender

DESCRIPTION:  Appreciative inquiry (AI) is a collaborative, strength-based approach to organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations around the world.  Appreciative Inquiry is a way of thinking, seeing and acting for powerful, purposeful change. Traditional approaches to school change look for the problems, do a diagnosis, and find a solution.  The primary focus is on what is wrong or broken. By paying attention to problems, we emphasize and amplify them.  Alternatively, AI, based on work of David Cooperrider, suggest a different approach.  The assumption is that every organization is doing something that “works” and that change can be managed through the identification of what works and the analysis of how to do more of what works. Appreciative Inquiry is not a technique but a dynamic process that we can learn and practice. In this short course we will learn and practice the 5-D Appreciative Inquiry Cycle and learn skills to lead positive, lasting change in your school.

RESOURCES: Slides from Dr. May’s presentation are available on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

(4)  TITLE:  BUILDING TEACHER LEADERSHIP THROUGH ACTION RESEARCH – Dr. Rachel Ruggirello  IMG_4232

DESCRIPTION:  This session is for those schools and leaders interested in researching transformative practices at the classroom or building level during the school year, action research is supported through FF Transformation.  If you would like, there will also be a follow up by Linda Henke, Vicki May, or one of three dedicated coaches that will be available to help you outline the research you would like to conduct in your school. There is no better way to immerse a faculty in new ideas than collecting and studying data together. Research groups will be brought together once each semester to share their learning. Writing coaches are also available to help you if you would like to write up your findings for possible publication. One hour of credit is available through Washington University for this work during the following school year. The action research will follow the simple Plan, Act, Reflect Model on the attached sheet. The goal of this research is to support leadership teams in embedding transnational practices and understandings into their work.

RESOURCES: Dr. Ruggirello’s slides are available on the Projects/Resources page of the website.

TITLE:  INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL YEAR ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT 

DESCRIPTION:  For those schools and leaders interested in researching transformative practices at the classroom or building level during the school year, action research is supported through F-F transformation.  Please contact Linda Henke during the institute or at the following email:  linda@transformationalschoolleadership.com  to discuss your action research idea and to arrange for a coach who will work with you monthly in moving your research forward.  You or your team will complete a simple action research proposal form, be assigned a coach, and have access to funds to support your research.  Linda, Vicki May, or one of the three dedicated coaches are available to help you outline the research you would like to conduct in your school.  There is no better way to immerse a faculty in new ideas than studying and collecting data together.  Research groups will be brought together once each semester to share their learning.  Writing coaches are also available to help you if you would like to write up your findings for possible publication.  One hour of credit is available through Washington University for this work.

RESOURCES:  An Action Research Proposal form is on the Projects/Resources page. Go to the last button “Action Research in the District” -> Action Research Proposal Form.

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Institute Schedule

CANDACE GLASS from Southtown Yoga helps participants strrrrretch into a new way of being!

 

 

 

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