2019 Summer Leadership Institute
July 30 @ 10:00 am - July 31 @ 3:30 pm$299
“MEMSPA SLI Palooza: ”Exploring Leadership, Creativity & Innovation “ this Summer Leadership Institute has sessions that offer content matched to the needs of our MEMSPA leaders and teams!
The Institute is an in-depth and practical learning opportunity for practicing and aspiring principals as well as teacher leaders. School leaders will leave with the knowledge and confidence to implement key concepts and new skills.
Tuesday, July 30 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Keynote Presentation with Kristen Anderson
The amalgamation of decades of research from multiple sources clearly demonstrates that the educator and the instructional leader are the greatest influences on student achievement, and that what we do instructionally supersedes anything a child may come to school with. If we truly choose to own this well-proven and empowering fact, then we must also embrace the notion that educators are indeed infinitely powerful. What if we truly tapped into and released that force? What if we realized what we are truly capable of? In this session, participants will learn about the many benefits to fostering one’s belief in their individual capabilities, suggest possible sources to access and strategies to use to increase their self-efficacy, and receive tools to embed these concepts into their daily practice in order to fully unleash their personal power.
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Tues 1pm – 4:15pm
Intensive Learning Sessions (Choose one 3 Hour Intensive -OR- two 75 Minute Sessions)
Debbie McFalone and Derek Wheaton will offer a unique 3-hour session at Summer Leadership Institute, especially focused on support for Early Career Principals.
We’ll help you “Set Up For Success” if you’re in the first years of your leadership role! Our session will include:
- Beginning with self-awareness and the foundation of relational trust
- Understanding the transition to being a leader of adults, rather than students
- Strategies for time management and setting priorities, and
- Communication examples and ideas to help you connect with your school community.
We hope you’ll join us for this time together, as you’ll have an opportunity to meet and network with other principals from across MI who are also beginning their careers!
Parenting is challenging. A majority of young children and adolescents are exhibiting signs of anxiety and depression. Parents’ schedules are full and they have demands and pressures that can make it a challenge to be fully present for the issues that their children experience. Parents reach out to school leaders for answers for their preoccupied and distracted children while psychologists warn of impending mental health crises for students.
Mindful parenting has some answers that can help parents:
- Listen more effectively to what their children are saying and not saying
- Help children to learn how to self-regulate and parents to do the same
- Be fully present for their children
- Offer compassion for themselves in the parenting role, while expressing compassion for their children who experience the challenging of growing up in a world that is more connected and yet more isolating
School leaders will leave with a plan for offering Mindful Parenting programs in their schools, as well as information that can be shared with parents about the anxiety that is so common in students.
Dina Rocheleau, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Many times we hear that SEL are the ‘soft skills’ students need, but in our school family we know and believe they are essential. Our systemic district wide plan is based on the 5 SEL competencies – Self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. (CASEL) Ferndale Public Schools is leading the state of Michigan in SEL implementation strategies and are a vital partner in the development of Michigan’s SEL resources. Goal #1: Knowing that our brains are goal oriented participants will walk away with a pep in their step after being provided intentional ways to implement a true, systemic SEL plan that will build coherence from class to class, grade to grade, and school to school. Goal #2: Knowing that adult learners learn best when the subject is of immediate use participants will walk away with a smile on their face after learning specific ways to support the necessary, but difficult process to putting SEL at the core of their work.
Addressing SEL by Building Relationships: P2 – 75 Minute Session
Michael Domagalski, Principal, East China School District, Jonathan Swegles, Principal, Lakeshore Public Schools, Adam Weldon, Principal, Lake Orion Community Schools
By having an ALL-IN mentality of empowering students to build positive relationships, it creates a platform of collaboration to address the social emotional needs of the students, staff, and community. Experiences and examples will be shared of how The Positivity Project addresses these needs in our schools…. AND IT WORKS!
Rebecca Emmerling, Manager, Placement, Growth and Retention Unit, Michigan Department of Education
Teacher mobility and attrition getting in the way of your building’s growth? Leverage systems you may already have in place differently to grow and retain the excellent educators on your staff. Resources and strategies for growing and retaining professional educators will be shared in this session, along with relevant updates on educator workforce issues in the state including new research, legislative updates and rules changes that you need to know to better understand some of the issues you may be facing in your own district.
Leading in Literacy – 75 Minute Session
Kailonnie Dunsmore, Director, Literacy Organizational Capacity Initiative (LOCI)
Improving literacy achievement K-8 requires leaders to implement an approach to building teacher capacity that balances appropriately teacher accountability, expertise, and personal ownership. This session is designed for school “leaders” (principals, coaches, lead teachers) to help them understand the research, practices, and key actions needed to build school wide shared agreements about what good instruction looks like and how it is assessed and to create strong implementation for the standards and practices identified as core to student literacy success across the disciplines. The session is designed as a practical overview of a 4 day network sponsored by MEMSPA in which participants will build skills through hands on practice; leave with tools to take back and use in one’s own setting and identify key research based practices on effective literacy that will support the curriculum in leaders own settings. This session is designed to be an immediate useful and practical approach to building leader expertise and participants will leave with rubrics that can be immediately used to support collaboration between teachers (e.g. in self and peer observations) and shared accountability (through classroom observations) to ensure rigorous and research based approaches to instruction.
Wed 8:45am - 10:00am
Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)
Wed 10:15am - 11:05am
Breakout Sessions (Choose 1 of 4)
Summer Spotlight on Innovation!
Attendees will be given the choice to attend one 50 minute, hands-on opportunity to dive deep into topics like Principal Wellness, Time Management, Early Career Success, Amplifying Student Voice and more with MEMSPA experts! Topics and Presenters to be uploaded at a later date. Attendees will choose their sessions when they arrive. Expect to walk away feeling energized and ready to innovate your way through the 2019-20 school year!
Wednesday, July 31st | 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Closing Keynote Presentation with Sean Gaillard
Sean Gaillard is a middle school principal, author and podcaster. He will take you on a journey towards discovering how to Make Your School a Masterpiece. Sharing his passion for Music and Education, Gaillard will draw parallels to his leadership journey as a principal and the creative mindset of The Beatles. Using the four major riffs from his book, The Pepper Effect, Sean Gaillard will share inspiring tales to the value of vision, the mindset that builds masterpieces of our schools, the power of collaboration and the key to overcoming naysayers in favor of creativity and progress. A passionate portrait for enhancing school culture will be shared in order to motivate for next steps for applying to any schoolhouse.
The App for MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute is Coming Soon!
Our quest to enhance the event experience for our attendees & speakers is never-ending. We wanted this year to be better than the last, which is why we created a mobile app through CrowdCompass for the 2019 MEMSPA Summer Leadership Institute.
Stay tuned – we’ll let you know when the app is ready.