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Leadership Institute Series 2017-2018

This is a green event.  All resources will be electronic.  Download our app at 2017-2018 Leadership Institute Series includes seven seminars hosted in north, central, and south Alabama locations.  CLAS offers system subscriptions for an unlimited number of employees within the subscribing system to attend any or all of the Leadership Institutes in a given year. This year’s Leadership Institutes address Phase I PLU requirements for Standard II: Teaching and Learning, Standard IV: Diversity, and Standard V: Community & Stakeholder Relationships for those holding Instructional Leadership certification. A CEU certificate will be provided for those not working toward a PLU.

Remember:  System subscriptions do not offer the benefits of being a CLAS member.  If unsure you are an active CLAS member, please contact our office at 800-239-3616.

Any subscribing systems may send an unlimited number of employees at no additional fee.

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April Leadership Institute

    April 17 - 19, 2018

Disrupting Poverty: How Schools Do It

By William Parrett

Much can be learned from schools that have helped students overcome the powerful and pervasive effects of poverty. Gain a better understanding of poverty and its impact on student learning, as well as how to confront and eliminate practices that work against student and school success. William Parrett has co-authored nine books, the past three being best-sellers. His most recent, the award-winning ASCD best-seller, Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools, with Kathleen Budge, has provided a Framework For Action that has been adopted throughout the nation to guide lasting improvement and student success in high-poverty schools. Walk away from this training with tools to facilitate self-auditing, professional learning, and action planning to help students succeed regardless of the socio-economic climate they live in.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-in at 8:30 am)

Speaker handouts will be provided at each location 

April 17, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
April 18, 2018 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
April 19, 2018 - Embassy Suites, Huntsville

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September Leadership Institute

    September 12 - 14, 2017

An Educator's Guide to Special Education

     By: David Bateman        

Despite the prevalence of students with disabilities in the general education classroom, few educators receive training on how to meet students’ needs or how to navigate the legally mandated processes. What is their role? What are their responsibilities? What must educators do to ensure that students with disabilities and other special needs receive the quality education they are entitled? In this practical and informational presentation, Dr. David Bateman will share the educator’s role in special education law that provides a guide to instructional best practices.

September 12, 2017 - Mobile
September 13, 2017 - Prattville
September 14, 2017 - Birmingham

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October Leadership Institute

    September 12 - 14, 2017

Family Engagement:
Building Connections to Impact Student Success

By: Michele Brooks

It’s no secret that strong home-school partnerships improve student learning and development. Join Michele Brooks in this interactive training and explore the link between family engagement and student achievement. Examine essential strategies for effectively engaging families in student learning and school improvement utilizing the U.S. Department of Education’s Dual Capacity Framework as a guide. Participants will walk away with specific actions and resources for creating trusting and respectful partnerships between families and school staff.


9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-In at 8:30 am)

October 17, 2017 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
October 18, 2017 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
October 19, 2017 - Embassy Suites, Huntsville

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November Leadership Institute

    November 28 - 30, 2017

The Last Straw: Warning Signs of Destructive Behaviors
and Multidisciplinary Threat Assessment

By Chris Dorn

Now more than ever educators must be proactive in identifying behaviors that may signal warning signs of destructive behaviors impacting individual students as well as the safety and well-being of their entire school. Join Chris Dorn, author and analyst with Safe Havens International, the world’s largest non-profit school safety center, as he leads this enlightening discussion outlining the early and imminent warning signs of destructive youth behaviors. Intervention techniques and the highly proven concept of multidisciplinary threat assessment will be explicitly explained. Be informed. The safety and security of your students and staff depend on you!

9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-in at 8:30 am)


November 28, 2017 - Admiral Hotel, Mobile
November 29, 2017 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
November 30, 2017 - Marriott at Space Center, Huntsville

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January Leadership Institute

    January 9 - 11, 2018

From Chaos to Control:
Clear and Concise Classroom Management Strategies

By Pamela Bouie

It’s been said that “the best offense is a good defense.” Probably nowhere is this truer than when it comes to classroom management. Prevention is a key ingredient and this highly interactive training will explore research-based, practical and easy to implement strategies that are both clear and concise. Participants will learn how to meet students where they are and lead them to where they need to be in order to experience success!

9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-in at 8:30 am)

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January 9, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
January 10, 2018 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
January 11, 2018 - Embassy Suites, Huntsville

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February Leadership Institute

    February 13 - 15, 2018

Rules of Engagement:
Winning the War Against Student Apathy

By David Shepard

What do you do when faced with blank stares, loud groans, daydreaming minds, and sleepy nods? Exceptional educators realize that today’s youth must be actively engaged in learning. Join David Shepard, leader of all levels of learning, who will bring experience, research, common sense and practicality to the conversation. Learn how to develop strategies to differentiate classroom instruction in order to change passive sponges into active learners. Participants will leave with many “I’ll try this on Monday” ideas.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-in at 8:30 am)

February 13, 2018 - Embassy Suites-Hoover, Birmingham
February 14, 2018 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
February 15, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile

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March Leadership Institute

    March 13 - 15, 2018
  • Location: Huntsville, AL
  • Address: 800 Monroe St SW
  • How to find us: Embassy Suites - Huntsville

Using Connectedness to Empower Learning

By Steven Anderson

Recent years have provided momentous changes for educators. While collaborative learning has been a significant component in face-to-face gatherings, the advent of technology has expanded the previous limits of time and space. Bring your digital device and attend this interactive training to explore a plethora of tools used to create a positive focus on learning, navigate a culture of connectedness, and be more efficient and strategic in your use of technological skills. Steven Anderson will meet you in your digital journey and elevate you as an educator in your use of technology while teaching skills to students.

9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Sign-In at 8:30 am)

March 13, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
March 14, 2018 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
March 15, 2018 - Embassy Suites, Huntsville

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