Master Class

Change leaders in education share how innovative approaches and unique leadership styles can improve student achievement.

*As of September 17, 2018. Check back often as we add more sessions!


Educational Equity 101: Assuring Success for All
10:30 AM
The promise of public education holds that all children – regardless of family circumstances – can be placed on an equal footing to pursue their goals for college, careers and citizenship. In this workshop, participants will explore how an “equal” education may be an insufficient goal. Rather public schools can be more effective working toward a view of “equity” which recognizes that some children may need more resources and support in order to become college and career-ready graduates. Participants will learn where they can focus their efforts to improve equity in their school districts, and leave with tools to engage their communities in this challenging but vitally important work.

Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Keys to Unleashing Resilience
1:30 PM
Resilience is something we're all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life.

Master Class: School Board/Superintendent Relations
3:45 PM
An effective school board/superintendent team is essential to a school system's success. Come hear an informative session between Executive Directors of the National School Board Association and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and how the two organizations work together to accomplish common goals.




The Secret Life of Teens: Influencing the Next Generation
1:30 PM
Perhaps the most in-depth research project America's education sector has ever seen, Shane Feldman recently completed a 2-year study that sent him into high schools, undercover as a student, to uncover the universal struggles facing today's teens. Shane's stories will help education leaders gain new insight into the hidden social and psychological worlds of today's youth. Shane's findings will ignite honest conversations about the problems facing today's teens and outline effective steps educators can take to better support their students.

Creating Contagious Cultures: The Happiness Advantage in Education
3:45 PM
Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. From leading research in the field, we know that a positive engaged brain provides the greatest competitive advantage in the 21st century in the office, and in our schools. This happiness advantage includes higher engagement levels, increased levels of optimism and well-being, greater productivity and reduced levels of stress. Best yet, happiness is contagious. As leaders, educators and collaborators, we all play a critical role in defining culture and creating the  environment necessary to promote happiness and well-being...the precursors to sustainable  performance in education. Based on Harvard positive psychology expert Shawn Achor's best-selling book The Happiness Advantage, in this masterclass you will learn how the latest research on positive psychology in education can be applied to the benefit of your district. You will discover new ways in which you can achieve greater happiness for yourself, as well as realize your potential to impact others. You will leave with the mindset and skillset to create positive change around you, enhancing your own well-being and that of others.

Key take-aways:

  • Explore the 7 principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance in education
  • Understand the behavior changes necessary to “spark” staff and faculty engagement
  • Learn core leadership and execution strategies for creating and sustaining a positive culture
  • Obtain information on the latest research regarding "Positivity in Education." 
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