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ASCD is fully committed to your professional success, and our broad and in-depth programs consistently feature a vast variety of topics designed for that advancement. Creating a custom learning path will help you organize sessions you wish to attend in a meaningful way. This year, ASCD will have sessions centered around six areas of focus. You can further customize your learning path based on your role in education and level of experience, as well as a variety of new session types.
Use the online conference planner to browse sessions by date, area of focus, topics, or speaker to plan your unique conference experience. The sessions are listed in order of start times in both the online conference planner and in the ASCD Empower17 app.
My name is Emily. I am a teacher leader with 13 years of experience. I lead in various capacities at my school. I am the professional learning community (PLC) team lead for our grade level and serve on our district's teacher advisory group. I’m interested in developing my knowledge, skills and dispositions as a leader in a non-administrative role; empowering other teacher leaders at my school to take on leadership roles, and growing my teacher leader network.
These are some of the sessions I’m planning to attend at Empower17:
1132 Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher-Led Innovation in Schools
We all hear a great deal about what needs to change and why. The Education Changemakers (EC) team focuses on the how to make change. In this session, the presenter will share practical concepts from his 2016 book Edupreneur; participants will walk away from this session with a smile, a set of powerful innovation tools, and real ideas to take back to their unique education contexts.
1228 Focused Learning Walks That Build Teacher Leadership
Focused learning walks can play a constructive role when school and district educators make their purpose clear and carry them out in a climate of trust and understanding. As one of several strategies designed to influence high-quality instructional practice and guide conversations, focused learning walks can help build a school's learning community. The focused learning walk model has shed fresh light on instruction and student engagement for teachers who have participated while providing an environment of collegiality and continued student achievement. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to implement focused learning walks, how to enhance dialogue about the data gathered from the walk within a PLC, and how design and use a protocol for conducting an initial focused learning walk.
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2116 Teacher Educator Network Global (TEN Global)
Sean Slade, Emily Davis, and Steve Snider
Education is a public good, a fundamental human right, and the basis for developing a better world. It is the cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the foundation of personal, societal, and international development. Yet as stated in the 2030 SDGs, access to education is not enough; it must be access to an inclusive, high-quality education. This project represents a groundbreaking mapping and typology of existing teacher networks and the support and resources they provide. The goal is to gain insight into teachers' peer-learning needs, the effect of existing networks on teacher leadership, and the steps needed for a truly networked global teaching profession. Learn how teachers are leading this network and how to gain access to a world of ideas that will help teachers develop a sense of their own professional worth as well as provide access to research. Presenters
2227 Beyond EdCamp: Change Management Through Collaborative Leadership
Michael Ritzius and Daniel Callahan
Many schools across the world are now using the Edcamp model for their professional learning. Edcamp has shown that self-organizing can bring people together in meaningful ways. The next step, then, is to extend this principle further to examine how to distribute leadership in all areas throughout an organization. The hosts of this session, Edcamp cofounders, will explore patterns and practices now being used in schools and other organizations to shift to distributed leadership models that empower all professionals to make key decisions collaboratively. Participants will discuss these patterns by experiencing some of the practices the session will cover. Participants will leave the session with strategies they can implement in their next staff or committee meetings so that they can begin to shift their change model from buy-in to ownership.
2326 PolicyTogether: Bringing Policymakers into Classrooms for Positive Change
Kari Patrick and Sarah Yost
In this session, participants will learn about PolicyTogether, an educator-led initiative that helps teachers and their state legislators develop authentic, solutions-oriented relationships, based in schools and at the state capitol, to allow for meaningful dialogue about the design and implementation of education policy. Teachers will share the training plan they created and delivered for their in-state colleagues, along with development strategies for the larger project. Participants will leave the session with tangible strategies for policymaker engagement, resources they can use to develop relationships with decision makers to influence student learning at the classroom level, and a framework for how they might how implement a similar project in their area.
3127 What's Next in Teacher Leadership? An Educator-Led Discussion
How can leaders at the school, district, and state level honor teachers' perspectives, expertise, and ideas? How can we distribute leadership to strengthen the work of all education roles? How can we continue to build teacher skills and knowledge? In this session, we'll employ a unique discussion method to engage participants in a discussion of the roots of teacher leadership, where the movement stands now, the effects of teacher leadership to date, and how the movement might grow in the future. Participants will engage in a facilitated discussion with their peers about how intentional, well-defined efforts to increase teacher voice and influence affect student engagement, students' connections to the community, and other aspects of the student learning experience. They'll also have the opportunity to reflect, both individually and together, on how schools, districts, and states can build a continuum and capacity for teacher leadership in sustainable ways. Presenters
3216 Leading Educational Change
This session will provide a step-by-step approach to successfully implementing any change that you would like to occur in your education setting. Whether you are turning your organization around or just making a good setting better, you will leave with specific strategies you can immediately implement. Additionally you will understand how to successfully bring about any changes in people or programs in the future. The presenter will share where to start the change process, ways to make sure it has widespread support, and how to diminish resistors' influence. Whether it is a change you hope to make or a new mandate you have to implement, you will learn how to bring everyone in your organization on board.
3325 Leading from Within: Finding the Teacher Leader in You
Billy Krakower and Robert Pennington
Leading from the middle can be challenging. How do we support teachers, build administrative trust, and move whole schools forward? In this session, the presenters will discuss specific ways they led in their schools, districts, and community. Participants will explore building relationships as a teacher and learn different strategies for using technology to develop these relationships.
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Attendees must be 18 years of age or older to attend ASCD Empower17 and the Pre-Conference Institutes.
Special Announcement: ASCD's 2017 General Membership Election closes April 30.
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