District Leadership that Works: A Panel Discussion with MASA Superintendents of the Year on how to Implement Research-Based Best Practices
In this session attendees will learn from MASA Superintendents of the Year on how they have utilized research-based best practices. The panel consists of superintendents from rural, urban and suburban school districts. They will share their tools, techniques, and strategies along with how they have overcome obstacles to best serve and support their school communities.
The discussion will be based on the six district-level leadership responsibilities that significantly impact the superintendent's abilities to lead: goal setting process, non-negotiable goals for student achievement and instruction, board alignment supporting district goals, monitoring the goals, use of resources to support the goals, and providing a defined autonomy to principals (based on Marzano and Waters book, District Level Leadership that Works, 2009).
Attendee takeaways from our session:
* Gain an understanding of the evidence based best practices/responsibilities that correlate to student achievement.
* Learn the techniques, strategies and tools that recognized superintendents used when implementing evidence based best practices.
* Find ways to combat the many obstacles that superintendents face when implementing evidence based best practices.
Effective Educational Practices in Top Performing States and Nations
This session will review information from the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE), who has been researching and teaching about the laws and practices of the top performing jurisdictions, such as Ontario and Finland, for over 35 years. NCEE has also worked with numerous jurisdictions around our country and world to help them research, enact, and implement effective principles in a manner that fits their culture and economy. We will discuss the similarities and differences of the top performers to Michigan’s system of public education.