Educational Excellence Presenters:
Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball
Session Description: PLCs, Data Teams, PLTs, Learning Teams – whatever you call them, these data-driven teams can quickly become a source of real frustration for all involved. Well-meaning but unintentional misteps are often made in initial implementation, setting these teams up for failure despite their enormous potential for improving student outcomes. During this session, we will take a deeper look at the reasons why good teachers sometimes hate PLCs and explore options for improving the culture of collaboration at your site. We will also examine the positive differences it has made in student achievement in Oregon schools. Participants will review the difference between critical and “nice to have” elements of successful data team implementation. Participants and trainers will also identify common pitfalls and concerns that lead to frustration and fatigue for those involved.
Leadership in action
For more information on these presentations, contact Missi Thurman
Presenter: Mickey Garrison
Session Description: A feedback and monitoring system can be a valuable tool in reaching difficult-to-teach students. These relationship-building programs are not one-size-fits-all solutions. This session will explore the essential elements of a successful feedback and monitoring system by objectively comparing and contrasting available resources. By analyzing a variety of monitoring systems, participants will better understand how these programs can help hard-to-reach students succeed, and will have the knowledge necessary to make informed choices about how to establish their own program.
Presenters: Mickey Garrison, Penny Grotting
Session Description: Building and district leadership is vital to effective PLCs/Data Teams. Learn strategies and effective practices from other leaders on how to provide feedback and to support your teams to work collaboratively in cycles of collective inquiry and action research to support the learning of each and every student.
Presenters: Penny Grotting, Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd,
Meagan Kimball, The Educational Excellence Group
Session Description: Building and district leadership is vital to effective PLCs/Data Teams, but the time to do it “right” too often feels out of reach with other demands. Learn effective and efficient strategies and practices from the work of leaders across the state on how to provide ongoing feedback and support to teams to work in ways that actually increase collective efficacy and improve student outcomes. There are five essential questions each team should ask during this cycle:
EdEx presenters: Missi Thurman, Ali Hurd, Meagan Kimball
For complete details of the all-day pre-conference session and the breakout session offered by EdEx, click HERE.
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
Tools for Teams:
Agendas, walkthroughs, team norms and roles -- we've got it all for you.
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"The downfall of low-performing schools is not their lack of effort and motivation; rather, it is poor decisions regarding what to work on."
- Richard Elmore
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