Shifting from “Survive to Thrive”
to “Managing Disruption”
Tools and Tactics Supporting a Culture of Excellence
Crisis or No Crisis: Making Meaningful Connections with All Stakeholders
STRONG TEAMS: A CULTURE OF VULNERABILITY IN A CRISIS
Jon Malone, Regional Director and Chief Executive
Northwestern Illinois Association, IL
Winston Churchhill said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Learn from the Northwestern Illinois Association's (NIA) courageous journey to a better culture during a crisis and how they are strenghening their team.
LEARNING TO SHIFT AND DEPLOY UNDER CRISIS CONDITIONS
Steve Herrington, County Superintendent
Sonoma County Office of Education, CA
Following three years of fires, floods, power outages, and other crises, Dr. Steve Herrington, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools, and his team have learned a great deal about managing change, communicating effectively and responding quickly during crises. Learn about the structures and processes needed to lead with empathy, sustain hope and provide direct support to educators and the community.
MANAGING SHIFTING SANDS: REENTRY IN THE MIDDLE OF MULTIPLE CRISIS (RACIAL RESPONSIVENESS AMID COVID)
Matt Hillmann, Superintendent
Northfield Public Schools, MN
We are tempted to focus on "crisis" issues, but effective leaders know hardwired processes around communication, employee engagement and stakeholder confidence are critical now. Hear about the non-negotiable practices this Northfield Public Schools team is sticking to while juggling two crises at once.
PARTNERING FOR REENTRY: EXCELLENCE IN COLLABORATION
Corey Golla, Superintendent
School District of Menomonee Falls, WI
Allison Bussler, Director of Public Works
Waukesha County Government, WI
We stand stronger together in a crisis. Learn how Waukesha County, WI. and school districts across the county developed a collaborative coalition to build stakeholder confidence across the county and simplify the communication process with constituents as schools reopened.
LASER FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS: MAKE EVERY DECISION BASED ON KIDS
Jennifer Lowery, Superintendent
Tonia Warzecha, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Tea Area School District, SD
This presentation will focus on the three leadership tactics of advanced preparation, key words at key times, and leader rounding as utilized by the Tea Area leadership team in preparing teachers, staff and parents for the best outcomes for students during times of disruption, such as COVID-19.
BUILDING AND MAINTAINING TRUST: OPENING EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE CENTERS DURING A CRISIS
Saxon Daugherty, Communication and Public Relations Specialist
Child Development Center, Inc., PA
Learn how, during the pandemic, the Child Development Center (CDC, Inc.) hardwired protocols and developed communication tools to promote safety and to reassure families and employees. State and national organizations called upon them as a model for safe schools and sought their guidance as they worked with educational systems.
TEAM CONNECTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY HUDDLES DURING SHUTDOWN
Sergio Mendoza, Superintendent
Burton School District, CA
In this session, you will see how huddles have connected leaders during the pandemic and have increased transparency and trust. See how to build a simple agenda that recognizes wins and bright spots while also keeping people informed. You’ll leave this session with a simple template to bring this effective strategy to your organization.
BUILDING A PORTRAIT OF A GRADUATE USING COMMUNITY FEEDBACK
Bruce Borchers, Superintendent
Kelly Williams, Assistant Superintendent
Holly Cross, Supervisor of Career Readiness & Communications
Oak Ridge Schools, TN
In this session, you will see how a dynamic school community built a Portrait of a Graduate weaving in the community’s hopes, dreams and aspirations for its students. After obtaining feedback from over 1,100 community members, the Portrait was developed delineating behaviors that predict success after graduation for students leaving pre-school, elementary, middle and high school. Most importantly, you’ll see how this process brought people together to bring the Oak Ridge Schools’ vision to light: “Every student prepared for college, career and life success.”
FROM STRATEGIC PLAN TO CASCADING SCORECARD
Teresa Morgan, Superintendent
Hardin County Schools, KY
Creating alignment isn’t easy and this school district is working diligently to make the work of their new strategic plan owned by all district employees. After completing a strategic plan in 2019, the district used a scorecard system to cascade the work of the strategic plan from the district to departments to all schools. See how you can create this alignment and integration using a simple tool and a short cycle check in process. What gets monitored, gets accomplished.
ALIGNING PROCESSES AND HARDWIRING PRACTICES THAT CHANGE CULTURE: LEADER HUDDLES AND ROUNDING
Ryan Carpenter, Superintendent
Estacada School District, OR
This session shares tools, tactics and strategies around aligning system processes and hardwiring actions. Though short cycles of improvement and hardwiring rounding Estacada School District improved within the first six months of their partnership.
COURAGEOUS WORK: DEVELOPING A HIGH PERFORMING LEADERSHIP TEAM
Krystal Lomanto, Superintendent
Jennifer Logue, Deputy Superintendent
San Benito County Office of Education, CA
At San Benito County Office of Education, the expectations are clear for what is required to be “on the boat” or “off the boat” in terms of competency and behavior-based professionalism and performance. Being ALL IN is the always action for SBCOE leaders and is the philosophy that inspires and guides courageous leadership for everyone in the organization.
MEASURING EQUITY: IF IT'S ON OUR SCORECARD...IT MATTERS
Polly Vanden Boogaard, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Appleton Area School District, WI
In this session, you will see how the Appleton Area School District has begun to measure access and equity in their scorecard by placing the topic front and center. You will see how this commitment has influenced equity actions within the district prior to the pandemic and in response to COVID-19.
A STORY OF COLLECTIVE IMPACT
David Powell, Superintendent
Hillsboro Community School District, IL
Rex Brown, President and CEO
Hillsboro Area Hospital, IL
What makes a small town attractive to families? Come and hear the story of Hillsboro, Illinois from the Superintendent of Schools and the President of Hillsboro Community Hospital.
LEADERSHIP TRANSISTIONS IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Geronimo Rodriguez, Board President
Jacob Reach, Chief of Board and Intergovernmental Relations
Michelle Wallis, Executive Director, Office of Innovation and Development
Austin Independent School District, TX
Throughout the spring and summer, as districts across the nation responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Independent School District also confronted a superintendent transition. Listen to how the Board and internal champions ensured continuity of important commitments to students and the community in this session.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND: SERVICE AND COMMUNICATION
Deanna Ashby, Superintendent
Hopkins County Public Schools, KY
What makes a community nominate and select their school district as a "Best Place to Work"? Learn how Hopkins County School District, KY embraces the community through partnerships and acts of service. Their positive culture is contagious.
ADJUSTING QUICKLY AND COMMUNICATING TRANSPARENTLY
Bonita Coleman, Superintendent
Ocean Springs School District, MS
Pivots and adjustments are to be expected as we navigate uncertain circumstances in schools today. Ocean Springs School District will share "what will save us is our clear, intentional and transparent communication to our stakeholders and our ability to effectively build support even as we execute changes."
KEY WORDS AT KEY TIMES: COMMUNICATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS
Laura Nelson, Superintendent
School of the Osage, MO
In this session, you will see how planning and intentional messaging during the pandemic created trust and transparency. Daily communications (yes, daily) by the leader helped School of the Osage stay connected and informed during the pandemic. In this strategic session, you will learn strategies to easily communicate with clarity.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: CULTURE, EQUITY AND DATA LITERACY
Jeff Weiss, Superintendent
South Milwaukee School District, WI
In this session, Dr. Weiss will relay how he has worked with his leadership team in the South Milwaukee School District to embed these three focusing principles into their work in schools and departments. It’s changing and enriching the culture – even amidst the pandemic.
DESIGNING A RURAL LEADER NETWORK TO SUPPORT ACCESS AND BUILD CAPACITY TO IMPROVE
Chris Hartley, Superintendent
Colby Smart, Assistant Superintendent
Rosie Slentz, Learning Support Services Coordinator
Humboldt County Office of Education, CA
The demands facing small leadership teams are extensive. Hear how the CA Rural Leadership Academy, sponsored by Humboldt County Office of Education, has been designed to bring 45 leaders from across California together within a safe network for leadership development with expert support.