2013 Summer Leadership Institute

June 26 - 28, 2013

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Wednesday, June 26
2:00pm - 3:00pmRegistrationGrand Ballroom Foyer
3:30pm -5:00pmGeneral Session - Cage-Busting Leadership: Combating the Culture of Can’t in K-12
Rick Hess, Resident scholar and Director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute


It is true, as would-be reformers often argue, that statutes, policies, rules, regulations, contracts, and case law make it tougher than it should be for school and system leaders to drive improvement and, well, lead. However, it is also the case that leaders have far more freedom to transform, reimagine, and invigorate teaching, learning, and schooling than is widely believed. In this session, Hess will highlight how leaders can leverage time, tools, talent, and money much more powerfully to cultivate and sustain outstanding cultures of teaching and learning.
Grand Ballroom A
5:00pm - 5:30pmBook SigningGrand Ballroom Foyer
6:00pm - 7:00pmReceptionGrand Ballroom
Thursday, June 27
7:30am - 8:30amContinental BreakfastGrand Ballroom A Foyer
8:45am - 10:00amGeneral Session - Why Rigorous Career Pathway Programs of Study? Heads-On, Hands-On, Career Tech + Common Core Academics = More Graduates Ready for College and Careers
Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board

GeneBottoms.jpgIn this presentation, we will share with superintendents SREB’s initiative with 10 states to create AP-like career/technical (CT) courses that result in students being given rigorous assignments requiring them to draw upon academic and technical skills to complete. We will explore why it's important to have rigorous pathway programs of study and the benefits these provide to the student, the school and society at large.
We will present information about the states that are participating with us and the different career fields under development. We will present evidence that rigorous CT program adds considerable value to students’ college- and career-readiness, both academically and with respect to career readiness. We will also present information about the signature features of these new CT courses that are rigorous, but built on a different platform of learning than AP courses.
These courses are designed around authentic projects like the ones found in the workplace that require students to apply common core academic skills to complete along with technical understanding and modern day technology. We will provide information on how districts can adopt these new types of CT pathway course sequences.
Grand Ballroom A
10:00am - 10:15amBreakGrand Ballroom A Foyer
10:15am - 11:30amGeneral Session - Assessing Teacher Effectiveness for Evaluation and Professional Growth
Charlotte Danielson, Founder, The Danielson Group

CharlotteDanielsonIn the current educational landscape, it’s essential to assess teacher effectiveness, evaluating not only what teachers do, but the impact they can demonstrate on their students’ learning. This presentation will provide an overview of the current "scene" with respect to teacher evaluation, and will offer guidance on how to design systems of teacher evaluation that are not only rigorous enough to form the basis of consequential decision about teachers, but are also “educative,” promoting professional learning by teachers.
Grand Ballroom A
11:30am - 12:00pmBook SigningGrand Ballroom A Foyer
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch & Presentation
Sponsored by Microsoft
Grand Ballroom A
1:15pm - 2:30pmBreakout Session - Principal Training Programs are Important?
Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent & Glenn Pethel, Executive Director Leadership Development, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia is committed to preparing “world-class leadership” for their school system. Participate in a discussion to learn about their innovative work in leadership preparation.
Grand Ballroom A Foyer
1:15pm - 2:30pmBreakout Session - Southern Regional Education Board
Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, Southern Regional Education Board
Let’s take a deeper dive into the Common Core Standards work and look at Preparation for Tomorrow and how we are building new CT courses. We will discuss select of the career fields around which to build these courses.
Grand Ballroom D
2:45pm - 4:00pmBreakout Session - Effective Principals in Schools Takes Commitment and Focus
Ann Clark, Deputy Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Schools, North Carolina will share their story on the amazing work they are doing in preparing the current workforce for leadership positions in the county.
Grand Ballroom A Foyer
2:45pm - 4:00pmBreakout Session - AASA Federal Policy Update
Sasha Pudelski, Government Affairs Manager, AASA
Learn how changes in key leadership positions in the 113th Congress influence the likelihood of an ESEA re-authorization and a more education-friendly budget cycle. In this complete legislative update, Sasha Pudelski, government affairs manager, will cover funding, ESEA reauthorization/waivers, rural education, school safety legislation, IDEA and more
Grand Ballroom D
Friday, June 28
7:30am - 8:15amContinental BreakfastGrand Ballroom A Foyer
8:30am - 10:30amGeneral Session - School Safety: Where you Are, Where Should Your School be Headed
Donald Smith, Jr., Emergency Planning and Response Management Coordinator, Center for Safe Schools

DonSmith.jpgPresented by a former school administrator and emergency responder; this program will focus on steps that school administrators should be doing to plan and prepare for events that could impact the safety of students and staff. Covered in the program will be: what your school all-hazards plan should look like, prevention and preparedness steps for schools, components of physical security, why pre-incident collaboration with responders is essential and a perspective on looking forward after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Grand Ballroom A
10:45am - 12:00pm

Breakout Session
School Emergency Management 101
Hamed Negron-Perez, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education Speaker
School Emergency Management-101 provides participants with an overview of school emergency management planning. This training will focus on the key components of a comprehensive school emergency management plan, and the elements central to school emergency preparedness through an all-hazards (natural and manmade) approach. The training's purpose is to expand and enhance emergency management planning efforts for both districts and individual schools.

Grand Ballroom A Foyer
10:45am - 12:00pmBreakout Session - When Peace Takes Precedence: Abington School District’s Safe School Initiative
Amy Sichel, Superintendent, Abington School District
Abington School District’s Safe School Initiative is aligned with AASA’s position on school safety. This presentation will emphasize the importance of a strong partnership between Abington School District and the Abington Township Police Department. We must prepare for school violence; however, our plans must deal with working to stop substance abuse, bullying, and other actions or threats to students or staff. Creating an environment that positively impacts students’ education with school pride, academic achievement, healthy behavior, and respectful treatment of others is the cornerstone of our initiative
Grand Ballroom D

Registration Information

Registration Fees

Non Member$499

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Housing Information 
The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
One Resort Drive, Savannah, GA 31421

Group Rate: $159 Single/Double Occupancy

Book Online
Call 912-201-2090
Be sure to mention "AASA or American Association of School Administrators" to receive the AASA discounted rate
Hotel Cut-off is May 27, 2013 to receive the discounted rate.
As we are now past the cut-off the group rate is no longer available.  The hotel is sold out, you can always check with them to see if any openings occured or we suggest looking at the Hyatt Regency Savannah which is located a short water taxi ride away.

AASA Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing no later than June 1, 2013, for a refund. Refunds are not granted for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events, early departure. AASA is not responsible for weather-related cancellations, airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by attendee that are associated with conference. A $75 processing fee applies to all cancellations.