2020 Academy Strand Descriptions


(2020 Academy Registration)

Spend the day with FranklinCovey’s Senior Education Consultant, Gary McGuey who will provide an overview of The 4 Disciplines of Execution and 4 Essential Roles of Leadership

  • Learn how to achieve your Wildly Important Goals with The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  You’ll learn how to focus on the wildly important, act on lead measures, create a compelling scoreboard and create a cadence of accountability.  It takes incredible discipline to execute a strategic goal in any organization with excellence.  But it takes even more discipline to do so again and again.  The afternoon will focus on the 4 Essential Roles of Leadership which are Inspire Trust, Create Vision, Execute Strategy and Coach Potential.   Even in the most turbulent times, there are four roles that leaders play that are highly predictive of success.  FranklinCovey calls them essential because as leaders consciously lead themselves and their teams in alignment with these roles, they lay the foundation for effective leadership.

Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive & Transformational Organizational Culture with Dr. Luvelle Brown

  • The  days of learning will focus on inspiring and enhancing the capacity of district and school leaders to foster school environments and promote cultural responsiveness and inclusion to meet the needs of all learners. Workshop participants will be engaged in a series of activities designed to evoke individual and collective abilities to self-reflect, engage in productive conflict, and change policies. In addition, participants will explore ways to cultivate positive and productive organizational culture. While developing the mindset and skillset needed to enhance cultural responsiveness and inclusion, those attending the workshop will also enhance their individual leadership skills in these areas as well. Participants will reflect and engage with these complex topics as a community of education leaders with a singular focus on cultivating equity and excellence for all students.

How Can Vermont School Leaders Build Toward Equity & Inclusion with CQ Strategies

  • Vermont Schools are “Anchor Institutions” in our towns and cities. They both influence and are influenced by the families and members of our communities. School Leaders have a critical role to play in increasing equity. In this strand, participants will work with skilled facilitators from CQ Strategies, LLC, a Vermont-based training collective, to identify strengths and growing edges, and to develop skills and strategies for school and community leadership toward equity. Participants will build awareness of equity concerns in Vermont communities and ways to increase equity literacy: to recognize, respond, and redress bias, and then to create and sustain bias-free and equitable classrooms, schools, and institutional cultures. Together we will develop accountable leadership strategies for engaging Implicit Bias, Diverse Identities, Cultural Differences, facing history, and creating an equity-centered school culture. www.cqstrategies.org

Practical Strategies for Reducing Anxiety & Defiant Behavior in Our Schools with Jessica Minahan

  • NIH reports that 31.9% of teenagers have had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Heroic teachers are facing this challenge with virtually no training in mental health and behavioral principles. Administrators are often in the difficult position of mentoring a distressed teacher who is struggling to support an anxious student.  It is optimal for administrators to be able to know and suggest practical and effective interventions that allow students to gain competency and reduce inappropriate behavior. With these skills, administrators may be able to avoid punitive measures or restrictive settings by supporting their teachers to respond in more effective ways.  Through case studies, humorous stories, and common challenging situations, this workshop will translate clinical information into easy-to-implement strategies for reducing student anxiety and negative thinking, while increasing self-regulation skills. By empowering teachers with effective, clinically-sound strategies, administrators can help build school and district capacity for this ever-increasing population of students.

Restorative Practice for Difficult Times: Addressing Implementation Challenges with Jon Kidde, Annie O’Shaughnessy & Principal Elijah Hawkes

  • This strand creates time and space for participants to reflect on the unique challenges of restorative leadership. Introducing change in schools and their surrounding community is not easy. Learn about common challenges facing Vermont schools implementing restorative practices and effective strategies to overcome them. Participants will experience restorative practices firsthand, access new resources, collaborate with others, and map next steps for their own work with restorative practices.

The 10 Non-Negotiables of MTSS with Michaela Martin

  • Building an equitable, comprehensive academic and social/emotional system that supports all learners, requires school leaders having a strong understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of these systems so that they can design realistic, sustainable, and community responsive programming. In addition, leaders need to understand the identified non-negotiables of effective leadership in order to implement a highly effective system of supports. Using their school and district as a proven model, the presenters will share how they have built an effective system in the areas of: culture and climate, assessment, instruction, intervention, effective collaboration, and professional learning. They will also share specific decisions, scenarios, and strategies that all systems can utilize as colleagues bring a comprehensive MTSS plan to life.