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Leadership Institute Series 2019-2020

This is a green event.  All resources will be electronic.  Download our app at bit.ly/myclasappThe 2019-2020 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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September Leadership Institute

    September 10 - 12, 2019

Hope Institute: Partners for Creating a Culture of Character

By: Jodi Newtown & Elizabeth Huntley

At the core of the nation’s most pressing social problems is the absence of good character. Schools must learn to develop a strong moral environment or culture in which student character is shaped. The Hope Institute partners with school leaders to cultivate character development by providing school leadership teams with ongoing professional learning experiences. This institute will discuss the inspiring rationale for character education and provide practical ways for leaders to assess a school’s current work and guide future progress in character development.

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

September 10, 2019 - Mobile
September 11, 2019 - Prattville
September 12, 2019 - Birmingham

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October Leadership Institute

    October 15 - 17, 2019

Operationalizing Growth Mindset

By: Anthony Colannino

Join this highly engaging and interactive Institute with Anthony Colannino and engage in a message of hope and optimism focused on creating a district and school culture where growth mindset thrives. Draw explicit connections between building this type of culture and attracting and retaining effective, happy teachers and staff. Anthony will challenge you to evaluate personal experiences and mindsets while examining how they relate to your daily practice.

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

October 15, 2019 - Mobile
October 16, 2019 - Prattville
October 17, 2019 - UNA

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November Leadership Institute

    November 5 - 7, 2019

Social Media: Balancing Safety and Reality

by Leslie Wheeler and Kristie Bush

Social media is an interactive outlet for students, one in which they are both consumer and creator. Take part in this comprehensive look at the current social media landscape - current apps students are using, behavior causing children to reach for social media, and effects of constant screen time. The Institute will review sex offender and cyberbullying laws and model appropriate and inappropriate device contact with students. Numerous tools and sites will be presented to empower schools when working with students.

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

November 5, 2019 - Mobile
November 6, 2019 - Auburn
November 7, 2019 - JSU

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January Leadership Institute

    January 14 - 16, 2020

Structuring for Success: Positive and Proactive Classroom Management

By Andrea Hanford

You will not want to miss this engaging, collaborative session designed to help teachers and instructional leaders plan and implement effective classroom management practices which are proactive, positive and instructional. Join Andrea Hanford as she presents content based upon years of reliable and consistent findings regarding how effective teachers manage student behavior and enhance student motivation. Leave with strategies for building positive, compassionate classrooms that engage learners and reduce disruptive behaviors.

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

January 14, 2020 - Mobile
January 15, 2020 - Prattville
January 16, 2020 - Tuscaloosa

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February Leadership Institute

    February 18 - 20, 2020

Recent County Decisions: Special Education Legal Update

by Julie Weatherly

All education professionals, whether teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, or other stakeholder, play a vital role in boosting student achievement, but face a myriad of legal requirements in getting it done. Attend this training with a nationally known special education attorney and examine the most recent education court cases impacting students and schools across our state and nation. Learn how to avoid litigation as you strive to meet the needs of students with very diverse ability levels and differing physical, social, and emotional needs.


Sponsored by: 
 HMH-website

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

February 18, 2020 - Mobile
February 19, 2020 - Prattville
February 20, 2020 - Huntsville

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March Leadership Institute

    March 10 - 12, 2020

Linking the Social and Academic Child in the Classroom

By Joy Winchester and Dallas Rabig

School personnel are well trained to meet the academic needs of students; however, if their social-emotional well-being is not met then no substantial learning takes place. Children can access lower order cognitive functions such as rote memorization and basic recall, but for higher order thinking skills to occur they must feel connected and safe. Attend this training and gain tools to support social-emotional learning for your students and move learning from shallow and perfunctory to deep and thoughtful (or thorough).

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

March 10, 2020 - Mobile
March 11, 2020 - Prattville
March 12, 2020 - Birmingham

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April Leadership Institute

    April 14 - 16, 2020

Creatively Speaking: Fostering Creativity in the Classroom

By James Wells

How can schools increase creative capacity and improve culture and climate? Arts integration is a powerful strategy to impact student learning, increase family engagement and cultivate a collaborative school culture. When school teams work collaboratively to integrate content and creative approaches, it weaves a common thread across the curriculum to reach diverse learners and make global connections with families. Participate in this Institute to engage in essential questions, collaborative discussion and reflection that will culminate in making your thoughts visible through a hands-on activity.

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

April 14, 2020 - Mobile
April 15, 2020 - Prattville
April 16, 2020 - Huntsville

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