Leading Schools
Fall Summit 2016

November 9–11, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina

2016 Registration Closed Leading Schools 2017 Interest Form

The best leaders are learners.

A multi-day event for principals to address common challenges and collaborate to develop strategies for better learning outcomes.

The Leading Schools Summit is a multi-day event designed to provide principals with the support and professional learning opportunities they need to lead student-centered digital learning initiatives in their schools.

Day 1

November 9, 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Downtown Raleigh

The Summit will begin in downtown Raleigh as attendees meet their peers and begin the design thinking process.

Day 2

November 10, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday Institute, NCSU Campus

November 10, 3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Hunt Library, NCSU Campus

Attendees reflect on the physical needs of their schools as they visit the internationally acclaimed Hunt Library. Explore how collaborative spaces and innovative applications of technology can inspire a new generation of students.

Day 3

November 11, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Friday Institute, NCSU Campus

Attendees dig in with hands-on workshops, and collaborate to customize what they have learned to fit the needs of their school. Walk away with a personalized roadmap created with the support of a new network of Leading Schools peers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work side by side in a design thinking framework with four experienced principal coaches in four different strands.

School Culture and Change Management

School Culture and Change Management

Creating a culture that enables and supports innovation is a critical component for schools that want to make the digital transition. This strand explores approaches to fostering a culture based on trust, in which educators feel a willingness to take risks to improve teaching and learning.

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Digital learning transitions require time for teachers to prepare. Arranging for ongoing, job-embedded professional development that builds capacity among educators is key. This strand focuses on what makes professional learning effective and examines how other school leaders have implemented innovative models in their schools.

Community Engagement and Sharing Your Story

Community Engagement and Sharing Your Story

Engaging stakeholders and building support for a school-wide shift is often an area that is overlooked. This strand invites attending principals to share their stories and examine ways to build support, communicate a vision, and leverage the power of social media.

Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces

Dynamic learning environments play an important role in creating modern schools that support digital and personalized learning initiatives. This strand focuses on understanding how to create these spaces and the role that they play in student learning.

Principal Coach

Dr. Gara Field

Director of Global Education, Moses Brown School (Providence, RI)


Dr. Gara Field recently became the Director of Global Education at Moses Brown School, after five years as the proud principal of urban PreK–5 school Pleasant View, the only public elementary school in Rhode Island to move from priority to rising status. Dr. Field has extensive experience with expeditionary, project-based, blended and personalized learning.

Principal Coach

Dr. Sandy Chambers

Principal, Brier Creek Elementary School (Raleigh, NC)


Sandy Chambers, Ed.D., is the principal of multi-track, year-round Brier Creek Elementary School. As a twentieth-year educator, Dr. Chambers is leading her school through the journey to BYOD and digital learning as well as implementing MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support), a cultural change for student success.

Principal Coach

Tim Lauer

Director of Digital Learning, Evergreen SD (Vancouver, WA)


Tim Lauer recently became the Director of Digital Learning for Evergreen School District. Prior to taking this new position, he served thirteen years as the Principal of Lewis Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. Lauer has presented nationally and internationally on the uses of technology to enhance learning and professional growth.

Principal Coach

Jay Thomas

Principal, Albemarle High School (Charlottesville, VA)


Jay Thomas is currently serving his eighth year as principal at Albemarle High School. He holds a license in administration and supervision as well as a B.S. in Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in serving students with emotional disabilities and learning disabilities.

Michael Armstrong

Former Principal, Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet School (Raleigh, NC)


Michael Armstrong has worked as a classroom teacher, drama specialist, and school administrator, and is currently on sabbatical working with school districts on how to reconnect to a passion for public schools. Armstrong is also completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Darren Hudgins

Director of Instructional Technology, OETC (Salem, OR)


Darren Hudgins is a former teacher, staff developer and Google Certified Innovator that joined the OETC team in 2007. As Director of Instructional Technology, he develops, leads and facilitates technology integration programs and events to foster unique learning experiences.

Nancy Mangum

Digital Learning Lead, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (NC State University)


Nancy Mangum’s experience as a teacher, technology facilitator and district leader informs her work at the Friday Institute, which includes providing leadership development, strategic planning and coaching for principals and district leaders as they implement digital transitions.

Dr. Mary Ann Wolf

Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (NC State University)


Dr. Mary Ann Wolf is the Director of Digital Learning Programs for the Friday Institute. She was Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, and has worked closely with federal, state and local education leaders on personalized and digital learning.

Jennifer LaGarde

Lead School Library Media Coordinator, New Hanover County Schools (Wilmington, NC)


Jennifer LaGarde is the Lead School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for New Hanover County Schools, with over eighteen years of experience in public education. LaGarde is also the author of the award-winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl.

Greg Garner

Design and Computational Thinking Lead, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation (NC State University)


Greg Garner became the Design and Computational Thinking Lead at the Friday Institute after seven years of classroom teaching and instructional coaching. He also serves as co-facilitator for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network and the NCSSA Digital Learning Institute.

Personalized Problem-Solving

Personalized Problem-Solving

A three-day, community-supported experience addressing the specific challenges facing you and your school in the transition to digital and personalized learning.
Tangible Examples of Innovation

Tangible Examples of Innovation

Tested leadership strategies and opportunities to visit spaces of innovation in the North Carolina community.
Design Thinking Framework

Design Thinking Framework

Each attendee is able to explore their problems of practice, and reflect, ideate and experiment with mavens and peer leaders.
Continued Network of Support

Continued Network of Support

Collaborative relationships with leaders of schools with similar challenges, and a larger network of like-minded principals to continue to connect with after the summit.
2016 Registration Closed Leading Schools 2017 Interest Form

Who should apply?
Principals and Assistant Principals that are beginning, wanting to begin, or already making progress on a digital and personalized learning transition in their schools.

Where is it?
The Summit will be held at the Friday Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina. Transportation to other venues during the summit will be provided for participants.

What amenities are provided?
One dinner, two lunches and two continental breakfasts are provided. For information on hotels, dining, and more, visit our logistics page.

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OETC

Salem, Oregon

A nonprofit that makes purchasing technology simple, reliable and affordable to meet the needs of education. OETC organizes cost-effective, cooperative technology purchases through a sealed, competitive bid process, so that all 1,000 members of OETC can provide the technology access their students deserve.

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Friday Institute

Raleigh, North Carolina

A center for fostering collaborations to improve education, bringing together educational professionals, researchers, policy-makers and other community members. We conduct research, develop educational resources and programs for educators, and help inform policy-making.

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