Preparing Educators as Leaders

Strategies Event Series at KU Edwards Campus

To support a vision of professional development for our colleagues in the Kansas City metropolitan area, we have partnered with the KU Edwards Campus to host the Strategies Event Series, as a continuation of the summer Strategies Conference hosted in Lawrence each year.  We invite all PK-12 educators, as well as others who are interested, to join us for a free professional development event series in Overland Park, Kansas. Please RSVP online to attend, so that we can ensure there are enough refreshments, chairs, and copies of handouts provided for all.

2017-2018 Presentations

Saturday, February 24
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

English Learners: The Myths & Realities
With Karen Jorgensen, Department of Curriculum & Teaching

This session provides an experiential approach through the myths and realities as they relate to English learners. The time includes research and practice through language immersion, the stages of second/additional language learning, legal considerations, and a time to exchange resources that support English learners in the PK-16 setting.

Session Flier (pdf)

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Saturday, April 28
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The Shared Leadership Approach to Reaching a Collaborative Vision
With Joe Novak & Deb Perbeck, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Effective leadership cannot be a solo performance. Engaging a shared leadership approach through empowering staff helps lead a more collaborative effort that better produces long-term ownership in the process and a desire to continually improve. This session will focus on helping both current and future administrators along with aspiring future leaders and teacher leaders better understand the roles of “shared”, “servant” and “transformational” leadership and how that builds a recipe for long-term success and ongoing improvement.


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Saturday, November 11
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Mindset Makes the Difference | Part II 
With Reva Friedman, Department of Curriculum & Teaching & Cindy Swartz, USD 232 De Soto, Kansas

You have heard about "Mindset." You have attended presentations, or have searched online for information, and you have questions. Questions about teaching, parenting, and/or collaborating with colleagues from a growth Mindset perspective. You wonder if corrective feedback undermines growth. You wonder how to praise learners/children/colleagues. You might even have attended our Mindset Makes the Difference | Part I session earlier this year. This second presentation focuses on building as well as expanding participants’ knowledge. Participants will learn about and practice specific strategies to promote the development of healthy, functional Mindsets.

View the presentation slides | Audio recording available upon request

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