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Leadership Institute Series 2018-2019

This is a green event.  All resources will be electronic.  Download our app at 2018-2019 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.

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

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September Leadership Institute

    September 11 - 13, 2018

Become a STEM Certified School or District

By: Winfield City Schools       

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Today more than ever, schools must prepare students for careers by fostering enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Learn the tools of a distinctive STEM program and its significance for integrating in the curriculum. Winfield City Schools will share specific steps to prepare your STEM program for AdvancED STEM Certification. Through valid and reliable processes, tools and training, AdvancED STEM Certification ensures that even the most effective educators and programs continually assess and improve to meet the needs and demands of the real world.

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

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September 11, 2018 - Embassy Suites, Birmingham-Hoover
September 12, 2018 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
September 13, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile

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October Leadership Institute

    October 23 - 25, 2018

Fostering Collective Efficacy to Ensure Improved Student Outcomes

By: Jenni Donohoo

When educators believe that as a team, through collective actions, they can impact student achievement, they share a sense of collective efficacy. Educators with high efficacy show greater effort and persistence, willingness to try new teaching approaches, and attend more closely to struggling students’ needs. Join best-selling author and leader in school change, Jenni Donohoo, to gain practical strategies and tools for increasing student outcome through the collective actions of teachers. Learn dynamic professional learning structures and evidence-based leadership practices to employ in your school to foster collective efficacy.

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

October 23, 2018 - Battle House, Mobile
October 24, 2018 - Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville
October 25, 2018 - University of Alabama In-Service Center, Tuscaloosa

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November Leadership Institute

    November 27 - 29, 2018

Hot Topics in Special Education Law

by Julie Weatherly

 Preventing Legal Troubles: Effective Instruction for Students with Disabilities

by Khristie Goodwin

The changing landscape of special education and the impact on current and future practices is a consistent hot topic among educators, parents, and stakeholders. Participate in this dual delivery institute to learn the latest updates in Special Education law and how to effectively teach students with disabilities. Gain legal knowledge plus tips and tools to provide high-quality instruction for students with exceptionalities!

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

November 27, 2018 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
November 28, 2018 - Auburn University In-Service Center, Auburn
November 29, 2018 - University of North Alabama (EAST CAMPUS) - Not located on Main Campus

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January Leadership Institute

    January 15 - 17, 2019

Motivate and Manage a Differentiated Classroom

By Brian Mendler

Classrooms are composed of students with a wide range of challenges: various learning problems, different levels of English proficiency, divergent interests, various skill levels, and unique learning needs without a label. How can teachers face the demands of serving such a variety of student educational needs? Brian Mendler will demystify differentiated instruction to motivate and maximize student learning. Participants will leave with practical strategies to manage the differentiated classroom and effectively awaken student motivation.

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

January 15, 2019 - Battle House, Mobile
January 16, 2019 - Troy University Montgomery Campus, Montgomery
January 17, 2019 - Jacksonville State University In-Service Center, Anniston

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February Leadership Institute

    February 12 - 14, 2019

Improving Parental Involvement in Schools

By Ako Kambon

Research shows that family engagement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. What must educators do to help link schools’ family engagement planning with ongoing school improvement efforts? In this interactive training, Ako Kambon will share strategies to improve parental involvement and strengthen the home-to-school connection. Gather with colleagues and explore skills to partner with parents resulting in the best education possible for Alabama’s children.

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

February 12, 2019 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
February 13, 2019 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
February 14, 2019 - Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

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March Leadership Institute

    March 12 - 15, 2019

Mental Health in Schools: The Hidden Crisis

By Kristen Berthiaume and Denise Reimer

Statistics show up to one in five children living in the U.S. experience symptoms of a mental health disorder annually. These issues can be tied to schools through chronic absences, low achievement, disruptive behavior and dropping out. Hear from an expert in the field of mental health as she describes the nature and extent of disorders experienced by students and what educators need to know to help. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to learn how a large, urban school district is working to align behavioral health initiatives for effective support to promote student well-being and resiliency.

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

March 12, 2019 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
March 13, 2019 - Clarion Inn & Suites, Auburn
March 14, 2019 - Embassy Suites, Birmingham-Hoover
March 15, 2019 - Marriott at the Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

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April Leadership Institute

    April 16 - 18, 2019

Disrupting Poverty to Create High Performing Schools

By Kathleen Budge

Join the conversation with award-winning author, Kathleen Budge, and learn what schools with students living in poverty do to help students succeed to high levels. Discover a research-based framework for action by gaining insight into how high-performing, high-poverty schools located in urban, suburban, and rural settings can make a dramatic turnaround. Acquire strategic action steps and planning tools to guide improvement in your school or district to create a culture of high achievement for all students.

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

April 16, 2019 - Riverview Plaza, Mobile
April 17, 2019 - Marriott Legends, Prattville
April 18, 2019 - Marriott Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville

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