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This year's programs energizing planning for upcoming summits

We just concluded our 2013-2014 series of DALI summits late last month with a very successful event at the beautiful Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. Over the course of this latest series of summits, we added a fifth annual event to our schedule, hosted 369 superintendents and welcomed 92 new members. Our program sessions touched on all the hot topics that superintendents are facing: achievement in reading, math, STEM and world language; Common Core implementation and PD; technology and blended learning; community relations; school discipline and more. Without question, though, we take greatest pride in continuing to provide superintendents with opportunities to share ideas with new friends.

Now the DALI team begins planning for our 2014-2015 series of summits, which kicks off in October at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, RI,and continues in November at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. You can look forward to great venues, enlightening program sessions, productive networking and some laughs along the way.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our 2014-2015 summits!

Randy Collins
Executive Director
District Administration Leadership Institute

Third-generation superintendent Lincoln Lynch discusses what motivates school leaders

In addition to drawing from his experience as a third-generation superintendent, Lincoln D. Lynch III, of Walpole Public Schools in Massachusetts, touches upon what drives districts' top leaders. Ten years ago, as part of an in-depth doctoral dissertation, Lynch and his colleagues explored what motivates educators to become superintendents. Lynch found that fit, stability, heavy job demands, and risk and rewards were among the key factors that drove suitable candidates to pursue a superintendent career.

The Thought Leaders
STEM is a "How" not a "What"

With schools across the nation consumed with STEM as well as college and career readiness, the fact that STEM is a "how" rather than a "what" may be missed. STEM is fast becoming a misunderstood vehicle for deeper, more robust critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving and global citizenship. Sharing insights and results, this session focuses on how to think differently about the role of STEM in increasing student learning and achievement in all disciplines.

The new science of learning: Building capacity, fluency and proficiency
Scientific Learning

Understanding the actual physiology of learning (or how learning takes place in the brain) is impacting education practices across the country and internationally. This learning is helping us to understand how students can learn faster and more easily and how it can help students overcome some of the stumbling blocks to accelerating academic performance.

Making your literacy impact early

In this session, Dr. Malbert Smith and Dr. Chris Belcher discuss the importance of early literacy, new research and how The Lexile Framework for Reading measures student’s reading levels and growth. The session also taps into how Columbia Public Schools are implementing programs to encourage early literacy.

If we don't stand up for public schools, who will?
K12 Insight

Public school systems face two serious deficits — fiscal and trust. To build public trust and gain support for difficult decision-making, superintendents should promote authentic dialogue with all stakeholders. This session offers solutions to engage parents, teachers, staff, students and taxpayers in seamless conversations that yield positive, compelling results.

If rigor was easy, we'd all be doing it!
MIND Research Institute

Rigor in the classroom means that students are engaged in solving challenging problems to which neither the answer nor the solution strategy are obvious. In this presentation, Nigel Nisbet, director of content creation at the MIND Research Institute, explores using tools to enable system-wide implementation of rigorous, engaging learning opportunities for all students.

How to scale the best practices that make blended learning a success
Fuel Education

In certain districts, blended learning programs are growing to serve a meaningful number of students. With successful programs in place, the challenge for these districts becomes how to scale these programs without scaling costs and resources at the same rate. K12 Inc.'s Matthew Camacho and Fuel Education's Lindsay Smith focus on how several districts around the country are tackling this challenge.

Data networks and devices: How to grow and manage with limited resources

Districts are finding it increasingly challenging to counter limited financial and labor resources with growing expectations regarding network service. Scott Bennett speaks about meeting both requirements while building a sustainable network solution that supports the myriad of education technology curriculum and content strategies coming from within districts.

A BYOD revolution: Enabling high-density classroom Wi-Fi, tablets and video

According to a 2013 Pearson study, seven in 10 students would like to use mobile devices more often in class. The desire is already in the classroom, but is the infrastructure?

DALI member Syriac selected to participate in AASA China mission

DALI member Christine Marie Syriac, superintendent of Seymour Public Schools in Connecticut, is one of five educators selected to participate in AASA’s Discover China program. The delegation will travel to Beijing on June 23 and will stay in China for two weeks.

Upcoming Summits

October 8-11, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Newport
Newport, RI

November 5-8, 2014
Waldorf Astoria
Orlando, FL

January 14-17, 2015

February 18-21, 2015
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Phoenix, AZ

March 25 - 28, 2015
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO

October 7-10, 2015
Coconut Point
Naples, FL

November 4-7, 2015
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
Phoenix, AZ

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