Leading Schools
Summer Summit 2017

August 1–3, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

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The best leaders are learners.

A multi-day event brought to you by the Friday Institute and OETC, for principals to collaborate and develop strategies in order to address common challenges that they are tackling in their schools.

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.

This event provides school leaders with a unique opportunity to collaborate and network with other principals from around the state/country. Throughout the sessions, principals work through individual problems of practice and gather feedback and insight from colleagues.

Participants also spend time reflecting on their practice and identifying innovative strategies to use moving forward.

100% of participants from the Fall 2016 cohort said they would return again and that they would recommend the experience to a colleague. Come see what the excitement is all about!

"The networking and discussions that we had the opportunity to have were invaluable! Ideas galore to bring back to my school and my faculty!”

Kristen Clausen, M.Ed.

Assistant Principal
Countryside High School
Clearwater, Florida

"Very thoughtful plan. There was a good mix of play, discovery, team work, learning, and fun."

Michael Comiskey

Kettle Moraine Middle School
Dousman, WI

"One of the BEST experiences I've ever had as an educator."

Cyndy Bliss

Castle Hayne Elementary
Castle Hayne, NC

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.
Job-Embedded Training

Job-Embedded Training

Support from experienced principal coaches in four different strands: school culture and change management, professional learning, community engagement and sharing your story, and learning spaces.
Tangible Examples of Innovation

Tangible Examples of Innovation

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

Design Thinking Framework

The ability to explore your 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.

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

4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

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

Day 2

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Attendees dig in with hands-on workshops, and collaborate to customize what they have learned to fit the needs of their school. They will also reflect on the physical needs of their schools as they visit locations that showcase tangible examples of innovation.

Day 3

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Explore how collaborative spaces and innovative applications of technology can inspire a new generation of students. Participants will walk away with a personalized roadmap created with the support of a new network of Leading Schools peers.

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Who should apply?
Principals and Assistant Principals at any level with any amount of experience 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 a location TBD in Boston. 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. More information coming soon.

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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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