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Salishan Conference offers Doug Reeves, professional growth, ray of winter sunshine Print E-mail

kent-hunsakerby Kent Hunsaker, Executive Director

In the face of our relentless winter rain and wind – and the seemingly related start of the legislative session – it may seem prudent to put our heads down, put our shoulders to the wheel and press on with our responsibilities as school leaders.  At COSA, we’ll be spending a good portion of this stormy winter – as well as the spring and part of the summer – in the Capitol, advocating for school funding and other issues of importance to our members.  At the same time, we will continue to focus on COSA’s mission: “We develop and support educational leaders to ensure student success.”

Speaking of educational leaders, I want to make sure that, despite the winter weather, you have had a chance to learn about a real ray of sunshine and a tremendous professional growth opportunity – the OASE/OACOA Winter Conference, Feb. 1-3 at Salishan, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Douglas Reeves.  (Here's a copy of the conference program.)

Bringing the much-sought-after Dr. Reeves to this conference is a real coup for COSA and its members, and a real opportunity for school leaders.  Even better, it’s just one part of a bang-up conference that also includes second-day keynoter Pam Robbins, who will pick up where Rick and Rebecca DuFour left off last year and take us on the next steps along the path of implementing professional learning communities.

douglas-reevesReeves is the chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment, an international organization dedicated to improving student achievement and educational equity.  The author of more than 20 books (including “Making Standards Work,” “Classroom Instruction That Works,” “Power Standards” and “The Daily Disciplines of Leadership”), Reeves has twice been selected for the Harvard Distinguished Authors Series.  He won the Parents’ Choice Award for his writing for children and parents, and was recently named the 2006 Brock International Laureate, one of the most significant education awards in the world.  Schools throughout the United States and in several other countries are transforming their approach to standards, assessments, and accountability by using Dr. Reeves' practical and popular books and methods.

At the OASE/OACOA Winter Conference, Reeves will spend the entire first morning (Thursday, Feb. 1) discussing, “Leadership and Learning 2007: Closing the Implementation Gap.”   Reeves’ protocols bring teachers together for continuous change based on student work and analysis of student data, so naturally his presentation will be equally valuable for superintendents, curriculum leaders, district and school administrators and teacher leaders.  All registrants will receive a copy of Reeves’ most recent book, “The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results.”  As well, Reeves will share his PowerPoint presentation with participants who request it.

Following Reeves’ presentation, the afternoon will be spent taking a practical look at Reeves’ work, as Northwest Regional ESD districts share their progress in implementing his planning techniques, leadership maps and continuous assessment.  They will share how they started and what they have accomplished so far, as well as their successes and challenges.  (As an alternative, participants may opt to attend sessions focusing on instructional technology that will be offered by OETC, ODE and others.)

pam-robbinsThroughout the second morning (Friday, Feb. 2) of the conference, Pam Robbins, also an internationally-acclaimed speaker and consultant, will discuss “The Leader’s Role in Building Professional Learning Communities” and “Primal Leadership, Professional Learning Communities and Positive School Cultures: Making Connections for Student Success.”  Her work with us will provide a strong precursor to the return of the DuFours at COSA’s Professional Learning Communities Conference next November.

Robbins’ presentation will be followed by a plethora of compelling breakout sessions, including topics such as school funding, state assessments and IDEA implementation.  The conference concludes Saturday, Feb. 3, with a general session, “Key Issues in Collective Bargaining: This Year and Beyond,” with presenters Nancy Hungerford and Lisa Freiley.

As I mentioned, this conference promises to be a real ray of sunshine in our otherwise stormy winter.  I encourage you to check it out.  If you need more information, contact COSA Professional Development Director Colin Cameron.  Or simply register online.

I hope to see you at Salishan!

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