Leadership targets the skills needed to build and grow success through relationship building, innovative thinking, and continually looking forward to improved practices and outcomes for all. Sessions connected to this strand will build capacity in leadership at the district, campus, and classroom levels to have an increased impact for growth. Session topics on Leadership may include:district leadership, campus leadership, teacher leadership, TTESS, TPESS,and instructional leadership.

Educator Quality

Educator Quality focuses on the need to recruit and retain effective teachers while supporting and enhancing the knowledge and skills of current staff with job-embedded professional development. Sessions will focus on building capacity within staff to support a collaborative culture that facilitates professional growth. Session topics on Educator Quality topics may include: mentoring, coaching, recruitment, retention, building teacher leadership, goal-setting and reflection, TTESS, and PLCs.

Content and Curriculum

Content and Curriculum focuses on a specific content area and/or curriculum that will provide immediate information for participants to take back to their campuses. The sessions in this strand will address the instructional standards, rigor and relevance, and pedagogy needed for increased student achievement and outcomes. Session topics on Content and Curriculum may include: backwards design, UDL, project based learning, student agency, blended learning, visible learning, brain-based learning, student agency, and CATE.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement calls for increased opportunities for input and collaboration from parents and the community, as well as the necessity for effective communication and access to community services. Parent, family, and community involvement has a direct correlation with academic achievement and school improvement. Session topics for Community may include: family/community outreach, engaging various stakeholders, leveraging your PTA, wrap-around services, equity, and community partnerships.

Whole Child

Whole Child is an approach to educational practices that focuses on meeting the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and physical needs for all students. A whole child approach looks at students as diverse learners and supports, challenges, and engages them in positive dialogue and actions. Session topics on Whole Child may include: SEL, equity, trauma-informed instruction, restorative practice, mindfulness, culturally responsive pedagogy, and community services.

Systems and Innovation

Systems and Innovation is an approach to problem-solving and improvement practices that address school issues through efficient systems and processes. The strand may reflect aspects of organizational structure, processes/procedures, communication, and capacity and resources needed to create successful schools. Session topics on Systems and Innovation may include: school re-design, transformation, data-driven leadership/instruction, school policy, human capital, student learning objectives, strategic planning, and education technology.