Join us for the professional development event of the year! On February 5-7, you will be joined by 425+ of your colleagues for an incredible experience. With presentations from incredible thought leaders, more than 30 sessions rooted in mental health, innovation, education equity, and leadership development, MESPA Speaks performances by your own colleagues, an Unconference in which you guide your own learning, and 80+ education-based exhibits, how could you go wrong?

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Friday, February 7 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Transform Culture and Build Schools Where Students & Staff Run to Get IN, not OUT

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Learn dynamic strategies to dramatically transform culture and build schools where students and staff run to get in, not out.  This motivational session demonstrates how to take revolutionary ideas from Teach Like a PIRATE and supercharge them for leaders so you can become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.
Through a highly interactive and fun session, participants will learn to:

Harness PASSION and encourage risk-taking in their schools
IMMERSE themselves in the work that makes the biggest impact on student learning
Build RAPPORT and relationships grounded in trust
ANALYZE lessons and ASK great questions to help move learning forward
Dramatically TRANSFORM school culture
Lead with ENTHUSIASM that is contagious

Leaders will walk away from this session with strategies and a coaching model they can implement tomorrow! Additionally, through Shelley’s intense commitment to staying connected via Twitter, participants can expect ongoing collaboration and support and are encouraged to participate in weekly leadership challenges uniquely designed to support them in taking steps to becoming PIRATE leaders.

Take-aways include:
  • Ideas to help leaders ignite passion and tap into the inner genius of their team in order to encourage risk-taking, learning and growth
  • Strategies to help leaders maximize their time and spend most of their time doing the work that has the greatest impact on teacher growth and student learning.
  • Actions to help leaders earn trust... not lose it
  • A coaching model designed to support leaders in giving feedback that teachers value and helps move practice forward
  • Models for how to transform professional learning in their schools

Link to slides: ​​​​bit.ly/MESPALeadLAP

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Shelley Burgess

Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of... Read More →
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Beth Houf

Beth Houf is passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out! To do so, Beth seeks out fun and meaningful ways to interact with students and teachers so they are excited... Read More →

Friday February 7, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am CST
Grand Ballroom