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Thursday, November 17, 2011

ISU Ed. Leadership Faculty "ON THE ROAD"

Indiana State University’s Department of Educational Leadership will be presenting at the Indiana Association of School Principals State Conference in Indianapolis on Monday, November 21, 2011. 

Join us in session for the following:

Improving Your Culture and Climate

Dr. Steve Gruenert and Dr. Todd Whitaker offer substantive information on school culture and climate. At the end of the session participants will be able to have a more effective communication tool they can use in their own school setting; they will also be more effective at motivating and leading their faculty and staff and will understand how to infuse their personal belief systems throughout their school.

Navigating the “New Normal” – Surviving and Thriving in Education

Dr. Terry McDaniel, Bobbie Jo Monahan, and Dr. Ryan Donlan provide relevant and engaging information regarding recent legislative and legal initiatives in Indiana affecting job requirements of building principals and their staffs, as well as strategies that will help building leaders operate in an increasingly competitive educational environment.  The new “big picture” will have “building-level relevance” in this presentation.

Friday Focus: A Staff Memo That Works

Dr. Todd Whitaker presents the "Friday Focus," a weekly staff memo that motivates, organizes, sensitizes, and can be the impetus for change throughout the school. Principals will learn how to use an existing tool – the staff bulletin or email – to help establish expectations, build belief systems, and provide a tool for continuous school improvement. Samples will be shared, along with specific techniques that will enable all principals to infuse energy and excitement into their buildings and staff on a continual basis.

Dealing with Doorknobs: Motivating Non-Performers to Succeed

Dr. Ryan Donlan shares how school leaders can effectively deal with those in the organization are causing trouble – the critical, suspicious, defiant, manipulative, mistake-prone, and aloof … both students and staff!  Watch how he brings to life the different personalities in your schools and offers a cookbook of connection in how to deal with them.

Launching the Principalship: Enhancing and Extending Your Honeymoon

School leaders new to their roles often find that the demands of the positions lend themselves to challenge, as well as the use of extensive personal time juggling the learning curves involved.  Dr. Ryan Donlan offers strategies for fostering "Camelot" to those new to the principalship, interestingly relevant to seasoned principals looking to become superintendents as well.  A detailed, one-page road map will be shared with all session attendees.

                                                              Travel safely to Indy, everyone!!

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