Academy Session Descriptions


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Strand Path or Workshops Path? Participants at the 2022 academy will have the option to choose a strand path or the workshops path during their registration. Sessions will fill quickly, switching after initial selection may not be possible, so please read carefully and plan to attend the choice(s) you select during registration.
*Note, for any participant planning to attend for only one day should choose the workshops path.

A Strand Path is: Participants choose between 1 of the following 3 strands and spend each of your breakout sessions with the same presenter on the given topic, for a total of 6 hours.

As of 6/2/22: This Strand has limited added capacity for participants, Leading at the Speed of Trust with FranklinCovey’s Michael Swenson

  • (6 hour strand, Tuesday Afternoon & Wednesday)

Water is the vital substance that sustains all life on this planet. When it’s there, everything flourishes and grows. When it’s not there, everything withers and dies. The same is true for trust. Where there is no trust, relationships decay, projects fail, customers go to competitors, initiatives under-perform and work grinds to a crawl. Like a ripple in a pond, trust begins with you. This highly interactive work session will help leaders increase their personal credibility, apply specific behaviors that increase trust, and learn to engage and inspire their people. (flyer)

As of 6/24/22: This Strand has limited added capacity for participants, Strand Choice 2: Harnessing the Power of Racial Affinity Groups for Antiracist School Transformation with Joe Truss

  • (6 hour strand, Tuesday Afternoon & Wednesday)

There is one major pitfall in leading antiracist work in schools. That pitfall is leading all of the work together, across racial difference. This often prevents white educators from necessary growth and causes additional harm BIPOC/Mixed Race educators. However, with the strategic use of racial affinity space, we can better differentiate learning. In this workshop you will learn how to do that as well as experience the power of racial affinity space. You will also make plans on how to incorporate racial affinity space into your context.

As of 6/24/22: This Strand has reached full capacity for participants: Leading the Implementation of Universal Design for Learning in Schools with Kelly True of Novak Education

  • (6 hour strand, Tuesday Afternoon & Wednesday)

The implementation of the primary goals of ACT 173 means significant attention to classroom instruction. Kelly True will bring expertise not only in the core aspects of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), but also strategies and examples on how to lead teachers and your entire school community in utilizing UDL well. Kelly’s will connect UDL instructional leadership to overall MTSS structures, equity goals, and overall school improvement for your system.


The Workshops Path is: Participants who select the workshops path in registration will have the opportunity to pick their top 3 option selections of workshops to attend and spend their breakout sessions attending their 3 different selections. Each workshop will be 2 hours.

Workshop Option 1: Going Further, with Principal Kafele (Tuesday PM only)

  • (2 Hour Workshop)

For participants who are interested in hearing more from our keynote speaker, Principal Kafele will offer these additional two hours in a workshop format. Principal Kafele will share more about his experience in leading several schools in their work of school transformation and provide his insights and strategies in leading equitable school communities.

Workshop Option 2: Two Years of Pandemic and School, Lessons Learned–Looking Ahead with Dr. Joelle van Lent
  • (2 Hour Workshop)

This training will connect what we already knew about trauma and resilience before COVID-19 with the many lessons and insights gained through the past two years.  We have moved well beyond a discussion of self-care when it comes to the well-being of educators and school professionals.  Joelle will offer strategies for leaders to promote the collective resilience and wellbeing of staff with depth, sophistication, practicality, and effectiveness.  We also furthered our capacity to interweave trauma informed practices into our regular education classrooms and parent collaboration.  Joelle will offer the key strategies that will promote resilience on a universal level to our students and families as we move through the upcoming school year.

Workshop Option 3: Leading Challenging Conversations Through Leveraging Polarities with Susan Reinecke and Greg Cameron of the Center for Creative Leadership

  • (2 Hour Workshop)

Engaging in conversations that are challenging are a part of every leader’s life. The ability to have these conversations while maintaining positive relationships is important whenever possible. This session invites you to learn and practice skills to help you move from having challenging conversations to leading them. Polarities help us understand two interdependent ideas that have a predictable relationship with each other. When we engage in challenging conversations, there are often polarities at play. If we can name the polarity or tension that exists within a conversation, we can articulate how different parties are seeing the same situation. We will practice “narrating the polarities” in within our discussions.

Workshop Option 4: Youth & Adults Transforming Education Together: Building understanding and support for youth and adults working together as full partners in learning, wellness and change with Up for Learning

  • (2 Hour Workshop)

Schools and communities are realizing EVERY young person deserves and thrives in an educational experience where their voice is truly valued and every youth feels a sense of belonging, purpose, hope and agency. This is the moment to make change. Education transformation requires a fundamental shift in the student-teacher relationship to one of partnership. Similarly, the success of school redesign efforts rests on mobilizing young people — primary stakeholders in education — as partners in the change process. When youth work closely with adults toward shared goals, they gain skills and confidence for lifelong learning and civic engagement. 

Participants will:

  • Explore the WHY of Youth-Adult Partnership ( YAP). 
  • Introduce key research findings that support the impact of elevating the voices and roles of students within the educational process. 
  • Develop skills to envision a new destination in the way youth and adults interact.
  • Identify key variables of this evolving relationship when it is done with fidelity, and explore the steps along the way as touchstones.  
  • Create a new consciousness within their group or greater community about the core qualities of partnership. 
  • Surface stereotypes and barriers to partnership that can help protect the authenticity of the YAP relationship and open up new areas of personal and group goal setting. 
  • Assess where a school-wide system resides along the YAP continuum of growth
  • Identify group goals and means to assess if these goals have been reached.
  • Develop concrete steps and an action plan that can be taken to increase YAP in their school community.