Growing Leaders With The Brain in Mind

Understanding and applying key principles of learning sciences can transform instructional leadership practices which in turn can impact the instructional practices of teachers at the school level. In this session, we will highlight ways to embed research informed practices that support reflection and retention of the leader’s learning. Leave with strategies to reduce cognitive load, support metacognition, retrieval practice, and increase the retention and application of learning for leaders.

Kent Wetzel

Teacher Specialist for Leadership Development, Frederick County Public Schools

Kimberly Brandenburg

Teacher Specialist for Leadership Development, Frederick County Public Schools

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Improving Student Outcomes: From the Classroom to the Boardroom

Ever wonder why your school board meetings seem chaotic and unfocused? Or even if they seem call, do they still seem generally ineffective? There’s another way. Join us; let’s talk about how behavior in the boardroom can create the conditions for improvements in student outcomes in the classroom.

AJ Crabill

Coach, Effective School Boards

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Key Principles for Impactful Professional Growth: The Folio Method

Join us for an interactive session that looks at how to change your relationship with professional development at school. We will share Folio Collaborative’s key principles for supporting teacher growth, created from our team’s experience working with hundreds of schools, serving thousands of teachers and the leaders who support them. We believe that having a personalized approach to professional growth that maps to your school’s educational philosophy and strategic goals leads to the greatest impact for teachers. You’ll walk away with a checklist for mapping professional growth to the key principles.

Meredith Ford

Executive Director, Folio Collaborative

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Our Journey to be an Equity-Driven, Evidence-Informed School District

Scaling the insights from the science of learning in a school district of 47,000 students, this session will outline the decade-long work in Frederick County Public Schools (MD). Presenters will highlight the key strategies used to transform practice across the school system, from embedding strategies in curriculum resources to aligning professional learning coursework to shifting the structure and mindset of leadership. Consider how their approach could elevate practice in your school or district!

Margaret (Meg) Lee

Director, Organizational Development, Frederick County (MD) Public Schools

Mike Markoe

Deputy Superintendent, Frederick County Public Schools

Margaret (Meg) Lee

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Three Main Functions of Effective Leaders of Direct Instruction Implementations

This session describes the steps that school and district leaders can take to ensure a successful implementation of explicit or Direct Instruction (DI). The difference between lower-case direct instruction/explicit instruction and upper-case DI is provided. The steps for a successful implementation are presented in three broad categories: setting up the implementation initially, monitoring instruction, and responding to data and observations in order to improve instruction. Participants take data from concrete examples as a means of illustrating the importance of key implementation steps in ensuring that all students succeed.

Kurt Engelmann

President, The National Institute for Direct Instruction

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.