Des Moines Schedule


Friday, September 30, 2019

7:00 – 8:00: Registration/Sign In/Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 9:05: Jeff Zoul: Lead for Excellence: Start. Right. Now.

9:05 – 9:15: Break

9:15 – 10:20: Todd Whitaker: What Great Leaders Do Differently

10:20 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:35: Jimmy Casas: Culturize for Success

11:35 – 12:35: Lunch (On Your Own)

12:35 – 2:20 Leading Change Collaborative Workshop

2:20 – 3:20: Todd Whitaker: Leading Change

3:20 – 3:30: Closing


Jeff Zoul
Lead for Excellence…Start. Right. Now.
Excellent teachers lead and excellent leaders teach. Excellent teachers and excellent leaders have much more in common, including the 4 key behaviors they exhibit on a daily basis: They Know the Way, Show the Way, Go the Way, and Grow Each Day. Whether leading students or staff, these amazing educators know that in order to lead effectively, we must Start. Right. Now. In this session, you will explore the importance of leading from a framework of core values and discover ways to act upon these values to improve the climate and culture of your classroom, school, or district. Learn new ways to inspire others, build capacity, model success behaviors, and grow professionally each and every day.

Todd Whittaker
What Great Educators Do Differently
What are the specific qualities and practices of great leaders that elevate them above the rest? This session reveals what the most effective leaders do differently than their colleagues. Participants will focus on what the most successful leaders do . . . that others do not. Everyone will leave knowing what great leaders do differently, why these things make them more effective, and learn how to immediately implement each of these into your own classrooms, schools, and districts.

Leading Change
Make positive and immediate changes in your classroom, school, or district. This session will explore concrete steps for getting colleagues to champion and work toward the changes we need to make to continuously improve. We will look at specific strategies for overcoming resistance, building cooperation, and recruiting hands-on help.

Jimmy Casas
Culturize for Success
Eradicate Average! CULTURIZE Your School. Average schools don’t inspire greatness–and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners. In this presentation author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. His stories reveal how these “soft skills” can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning and re-define the purpose of the work you do so you will aspire for nothing short of excellence!