Leadership for Student Achievement
Leadership for Student Achievement is designed specifically for district teams interested in working together on improving their district's student achievement and features top educational experts from around the world. Topics are pertinent to rural, suburban and urban school districts. To guide the work of the team, superintendents are strongly encouraged to participate. Time is incorporated into each session for district planning, sharing and team-building. Teams have a unique opportunity for open discussions, reflection, and gaining understanding from experts and other school districts.
LEAF, Inc. is proud to collaborate with the Greater Southern Tier BOCES on the following session of Leadership for Student Achievement:
featuring Dr. Andy Hargreaves, Boston College
Hilton Garden Inn Elmira/Corning
Cost to Attend: $235 per person/ $220 per person for teams of ten or more. BOCES Aid available. Register using this form.
Teaching is at a crossroads at the top of the world. Never before have teachers, teaching and the future of teaching had such elevated importance. There is a widespread agreement that of all the factors inside the school that affect children's learning and achievement, the most important is the quality of the teacher. Teachers really matter. More and more people care about the quality of teaching. And this is putting teachers and teaching at the forefront of change.
But people misunderstand teachers, misrepresent them and mistreat them and this is producing wrong-headed strategies to improve the quality of teaching that are driven by the interests and perspectives of short-term business capital. The business capital perspective assumes teaching is relatively easy, does not require high qualifications, can be mastered quickly, and can depend on temporary labor.
At a time when demanding Common Core Standards are on the brink of being implemented, it is essential to have a robust strategy of professional development for teachers who are new to teaching, or who have spent many years operating a more prescriptive curriculum requiring less professional judgment. Drive-by training; individual online self-help will not give us the answers we need.
This session lays out a different and better vision for the future of the teaching profession based on the idea of professional capital that is a long term investment in the quality of teaching and that aligns with how top performing schools and countries treat their teachers. Instead of individual incentives, we need collective responsibility. Instead of concentrating on rewarding stars at the top and removing deadweights at the bottom, we need to be moving the majority of the profession forward to benefit all students. Instead of teaching being a short term engagement, it needs to become a long-term professional commitment.
Drawing on his new book on Professional Capital with Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves recovers and redefines what it means to teach, to be a teacher and to be valued as a high quality professional. In particular, he addresses with the group what school leaders and system leaders can do to ensure every child gets great teaching every year.
Sponsored by Premier Silver Partner Discovery Education
Contact: Vren Banks, Assistant Director, at 518/694-4875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.