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, coaching, data-driven, 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, professional development for adult learners, goal-setting and reflection, TTESS, and PLCs.

Content and Curriculum

Content and Curriculum can relate to a specific content area, curriculum and/or skill that will provide immediate information for participants to take back to their campuses. The sessions in this strand will address the instructional standards, data informed instruction, rigor and relevance, vetting processes, 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, content/curriculum, and CATE.

School Culture

School Culture targets creating a positive environment for students and community using a whole child approach. This strand focuses on setting high expectations that encompass the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, physical needs for all students. Positive school culture embeds community engagement which 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.

Session topics for School Culture may include: family/community outreach, engaging various stakeholders, leveraging your PTA, wrap-around services, equity, and community partnerships.: SEL, equity, trauma-informed instruction, restorative practice, mindfulness, culturally responsive pedagogy, and community services.

Systems and Innovation

Systems & Innovation - 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 for Systems & Innovation may include: school redesign, transformation, data-driven leadership/instruction, school policy, human capital.