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Annual Leadership Forum

Annual Leadership Forum

2015 SREB Annual Leadership Forum Agenda

Jon Schmidt-Davis
Director, SREB Learning-Centered Leadership Program

The Annual Leadership Forum convenes teams of state educational leaders and policy-makers to focus on progress and challenges in providing every school with effective leaders who can help improve student achievement.

Annual Forum Archives


Getting to Both “C’s”: Leadership to Prepare Students for Both College AND Careers

SREB held its 12th Annual Leadership Forum at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel on April 30-May 1, 2015. Featured presenters included Michelle Dillard, assistant superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky; MaryEllen Elia, former superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida; Bonnie Fusarelli, professor of educational leadership at North Carolina State University; Fiona Johnson, principal of Charter School of Excellence, Riverland Campus in Florida; Philip Lanoue, superintendent of Clarke County Schools in Georgia and 2015 National Superintendent of the Year; Maria Medina, principal of South Dade Middle School in Florida; and Aileen Vega, principal of Flagami Elementary School in Florida.

Getting It Done: What It Really Takes to Turn Around a SIG School – And Keep It Turned Around, Michelle Dillard

Literacy Strategies That Work in Advancing Achievement in All Subjects, Daniel Rock and George Johnson

Math Strategies That Work to Prepare All Students for College and Careers, John Squires and Amanda Merritt

Readiness Courses, John Squires

Creating the Link Between Strong Principal Pipelines and Teacher Effectiveness, MaryEllen Elia

Preparing Principals Who Can Lead Challenging Middle Grades and High Schools, Jon Schmidt-Davis and Betty Fry

What Have We Learned About Teacher Effectiveness?, Andy Baxter

A District Strategy for Turning Around Low-Performing Middle Grades Schools, Deborah Bass and Scott Warren

Building Leadership Bench Strength: A Radically Different Program to Prepare Principals for High-Need, Rural Schools, Bonnie Fusarelli

Beyond Tinkering: Design for Whole School Reform, Cindy Van Buren

Develop Principals Who Know What Teaching to College- and Career-Readiness Standards Looks Like, Lauri Johnson

If You Believe It, You Must Lead It, Philip Lanoue


Deepening School Leaders’ Understanding of College and Career Readiness Standards

SREB held its eleventh annual Leadership Forum at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on May 8-9, 2014. Featured presenters included Paul Fleming, Executive Director for Leader Effectiveness at the Tennessee Department of Education, Candice McQueen, Senior Vice President and Dean of the College of Education at Lipscomb University, and Matt Clifford, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research.

Connecting College and Career Readiness Standards with Teacher Evaluation, Paul Fleming

Connecting College and Career Readiness Standardswith Teacher Evaluation, Candice McQueen

Leadership Challenges and Opportunities, Judy Frank

Supporting Principals’ Development of Common Core Leadership, Matt Clifford

Preparing Principals to Turn Around Low Performing Schools, Betty Fry-Ahearn

Florida Turnaround Leaders Program, Joy Gordon Fernandez


Deepening Student Learning through Teacher-Focused Principal Leadership

SREB held its tenth annual Leadership Forum at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel on May 9-10, 2013. Featured presenters included Michelle Young, Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration, Fred Brown, Director of Strategy and Development at Learning Forward, and Eleanor Dougherty, author of Assignments Matter: Making the Connections that Help Students Meet Standards.

2013 Forum Agenda

2013 Forum PowerPoint Presentations

Designing Purposeful and Coherent Leadership Preparation Curriculum: A Curriculum Mapping Guide

Developing Evaluation Evidence: A Formative and Summative Evaluation Planner for Educational Leadership Preparation Programs


Strategies for Saving Struggling Schools: What Works

SREB’s ninth annual Leadership Forum was held at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta Airport on May 3-4, 2012. Dr. Tierney Fairchild, author of The Turnaround Mindset, was a featured presenter, along with Dr. Stephen Fink, the director of the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington.

2012 Forum Agenda

2012 Forum PowerPoint Presentations


The Principal Factor in School Improvement: Implications for States and Local Districts

2011 Forum Agenda

Opening Message and Conference Objectives, Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President, SREB

A Conceptual Framework for Principal Succession Planning: Key to School Improvement, Jon Schmidt-Davis, Research and Evaluation Specialist for School and Leadership Improvement, SREB

Building a Pipeline of Effective Principals, Jodi Spiro, Senior Program Officer, The Wallace Foundation

2011 Forum PowerPoint Presentations


Working Together to Develop the Leaders Our Children Need

2010 Leadership Forum Program Booklet

2010 Forum PowerPoint Presentations


2009 SREB State Leadership Forum Report

Forum Agenda and Presenter Bios

2009 Forum PowerPoint Presentations


2008 Leadership Forum Report

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