Staples, Minn.,
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Register for the 2019 Minnesota Summit for Learning & Leading

Join us on Aug. 13-14, 2019

Join us this August for two days packed with sessions to help you create a culture of learning for all students. You’ll hear from top education consultants from around the country and leave with practical tools you can start using today.

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Aug. 13-14, 2019

Madden's Resort
11266 Pine Beach Pen. 
Brainerd, MN 56401

Personalized and project-based learning

Dive deep into teaching methods with a superintendent and a licensed educational psychologist who will present the latest on personalized and project-based learning. These sessions include the latest research, a look at schools who have led the way, and your active participation.

Dr. Michael McDowell

Dr. McDowell is the superintendent of the Ross School District in California. He is a national presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership, and innovation. He has provided professional development services to large school districts, state departments of education, and higher education.

  • Rigorous PBL by design­: The why, the how, and the what of PBL. This session presents a framework for designing and implementing problem and project-based learning. The session begins by exploring the research on problem and project-based learning and then shifts into three key practices that substantially impact student learning.
  • Developing expert learners: Steps to developing efficacy in learning. This session translates the two most influential innovations in education – student and teacher efficacy. Discussion will focus on three key areas for students and staff including orientation to learning, activation of learning, and collaboration in learning.

Barry Sommer

Mr. Sommer is a licensed educational psychologist, certified school psychologist, and marriage and family therapist and serves as the Director of Advancement for the Lindsay Unified School District. In this position, he is charged with scaling the Lindsay performance-based, mass-customized model to educational entities poised to transform public education to a personalized, learner-centered delivery system.

  • Beyond reform: Systemic shifts toward personalized learning. Robert Marzano said, in the foreword to the recent 2017 book, Beyond Reform, “In a relatively short period of time, Lindsay Unified School District transformed its system into one that can and should become the model for K-12 education for the next several decades.” Why was the transformation necessary? Is it working? In this workshop, we’ll unpack the story of Lindsay’s performance-based system and make meaningful connections to your work to create The Ideal Learning Experience for every learner.
  • Sharing the vision: empowering others to be uncompromisingly learner centered. Education has not kept pace with the cultural and societal changes that shape our world. How do we influence others, and share the vision, of an education reimagined—where every learner reaches his/her full academic and human potential? In this participant-active workshop, we’ll identify some key levers to empower others to embrace the vision.

Social-emotional learning

Students are much more than test scores. Social-emotional learning encompasses the whole student from understanding their emotions to goal setting to maintaining positive relationships.

Greg Wolcott

Mr. Wolcott is the assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Woodridge School District 68 in Illinois. He consults throughout the United States and Canada on a variety of subjects including social emotional learning, developing innovative practices in the classroom to engage all learners, and multi-tiered systems of success. He will be offering three sessions at the Summit:

  • Knowing leads to growing: The power of relationships in school and life. Every great classroom starts with strong relationships: student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and with oneself. Do you know enough about each student to teach them well? Learn how to create and enhance relationships to boost student comfort and success.
  • It takes two wings to SOAR: Developing student social, emotional, and academic skills. Learn how to teach students the skills they need to navigate the four worlds of their educational ecosystem:
    • the “ME”
    • the “WE”
    • the “US”
    • the “OUR”
  • Tools for tomorrow: Strategies for implementing social emotional learning in the classroom. You will leave with dozens of easy-to-implement tools and techniques to increase student social, emotional, and academic skills.

Student achievement

All educators want the best for their students and to ensure they are continually improving throughout the school year. Three Marzano Research Associates will present on a variety of topics throughout the Summit that focus on student achievement. These sessions align with the High Reliability Schools framework, yet can be used in any classroom to get results today. Session topics include:

  • Effective Collaborative Teams
  • Standards-Based Grading
  • How to Write Proficiency Scales
  • Creating a Highly Engaged Classroom
  • Writing Quality Assessments
  • Effective Formative Assessment Strategies
  • Designing Units of Instruction
  • How to Become a Reflective Teacher

Jeff Flygare

Mr. Flygare has served as a classroom teacher, professional development presenter, and English language arts specialist. He led the movement to a standards-based education for Academy School District 20 in Colorado. He also helped develop a secondary standards-based curriculum at the building and district levels, including an innovative online English language arts curriculum. 

Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Dr. Heflebower is a highly sought-after school leader and consultant with vast experience in urban, rural, and suburban districts throughout the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Australia. She has served as a classroom teacher, building leader, district leader, regional professional development director, and national and international trainer.

Dr. Phil Warrick

Dr. Warrick is the associate vice president of Marzano Research. He was an award-winning administrator in Nebraska for nearly 12 years, most recently as principal of Round Rock High School. He is passionate about school leadership and has earned recognition for his commitment to his students.

  • 2005 Nebraska State High School Principal of the Year
  • 2004 Nebraska Secondary School Principals Region One Principal of the Year
  • 1998 Nebraska Outstanding New Principal of the Year
  • 1998 Nebraska Secondary School Principals Region One Assistant Principal of the Year

Multi-tiered system of support

A systematic, continuous improvement framework can help educators support students not meeting grade-level expectations. Whether utilizing multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) or response to intervention (RtI) framework, many schools are tempted to jump straight to intervention. However, the critical first step is evaluation. Dr. Kim Gibbons will lead two sessions addressing this issue:

  • Effective universal instruction: Setting the stage for evaluating and improving universal practices. This session will address why it is so hard to focus on instruction, and why beliefs and mind frames matter. Attendees will also discuss the infrastructure necessary to create actions plans to improve universal instruction.
  • Effective universal instruction: An action-oriented approach to improving Tier 1. This session introduces an action plan that answers five questions:
    • Is universal instruction effective?
    • What needs must be addressed to improve it?
    • How will identified universal instruction be addressed?
    • How will universal instruction improvements be monitored over time?
    • Have universal instruction improvements been effective?

Dr. Kim Gibbons

Dr. Gibbons is the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the St. Croix River Education District. She has also worked as a director of special education, staff development coordinator, and school psychologist. She is active in state leadership and is the past-president of the Minnesota Association of Special Educators.

About Sourcewell

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota’s nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 300 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.