Based on the premise that professional learning cannot succeed in a vacuum, Critical Conversations is designed to bring teams of school stakeholders (district and building-level administrators, teacher-leaders, and instructional coaches) together to collaborate on a vision for collaborative professional learning within your school. The Ayers Institute will partner with your school to achieve that vision through the implementation of a professional learning plan tailored to your school’s needs.
Collaborate, communicate, cast a vision:
School teams work together to learn how to transform a school through professional learning practices.
Each team member (district and building-level administration, teacher-leaders, and coaches) will attend job-alike Conversation Breakouts that focus on the particular roles and responsibilities involved in implementing change that will improve student achievement within your school.
Cast a Vision
Work with our keynote speakers to articulate your vision for a collaborative professional learning plan tailored to your school’s needs. Ideal team participants will work with an Ayers Partner who will provide continued support to help you achieve that vision.
About Critical Conversations
Critical Conversations: Transform Your School through Collaborative Professional Learning will bring school teams together for focused collaboration and conversations around the vision and purpose, the communication structures necessary, and the various practices of collaborative professional learning.
Conversation Breakouts will be tailored to the roles and responsibilities of the particular team members, then the teams will convene to reflect and cast a vision for your school.
Once the vision is articulated, an Ayers Partner will conduct two on-site visits, for ideal participants only, to support you in achieving that vision.
The conference will be held at Lipscomb University, Ezell Center, 1 University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204. On May 13, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the sessions end at 5:00 p.m. On May 14, the conference begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
We have three levels of registration for your school representatives.
Ideal Team: A team of 5 school members. 1 district leader, 1 school leader, 1 or 2 people who will explore the coach’s role, 1 or 2 teacher leaders. Ideal Team registration $2500.
Effective Team: A team of 3 or 4 school members. 1 school leader and 2 or 3 coaches/teacher-leaders. Effective Team registration $1500
Motivated Team: A team of 2 school members. 2 coaches/teacher-leaders. Motivated Team registration $750
Motivated Individual: Individual participation by coaches/teacher-leaders. Individual registration $375
The conference fee includes a Monday evening networking reception, breakfast and lunch for two days, and all conference materials. Additionally, this fee provides two on-site visits from a Lipscomb Partner to support your school in achieving its vision.
Steve draws on experience of his 40-year career as a teacher, consultant, and change facilitator, to guide districts through the process of school improvement through instructional coaching. Most recently, Steve has been focusing his efforts on leadership training, coaching skills, and providing a vision for professional learning. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a highly motivational speaker who draws from extraordinary knowledge and classroom experience to positively affect student achievement through authentic educational change.
Books by Steve Barkley:
Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind
Quality Teaching in a Culture of Coaching
Questions for Life: Powerful Strategies to Guide Critical Thinking
Tapping Student Effort: Increasing Student Achievement
WOW! Adding Pizzazz to Teaching and Learning
Mike Murphy's work is in helping schools and district achieve their goals by supporting them in the management and evaluation of their improvement strategies. Particular areas of work include educational coaching, leadership development, communication and dialogue, tracking and describing change, moving initiatives from implementation to institutionalization, and classroom tools to promote dialogue and reflection about practices.
Looking for funding? Consider using Title IID Funds, Title I Funds, or partnering with Ayers Foundation for scholarships to this colloquium.
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Registration Closes May 6th.