All main topic sessions will be facilitated by a REACH(c) consultant or REACH(c) sponsored facilitated.  The topics for the sessions were specifically identified to address the 2018 Whole School Reform Conference focus of Coaching Through Systems that Work.  There are 16 ways to engage in one or more of these riveting sessions, register today to secure your spot!

School Leaders' Appreciation Luncheon         Monday, February 19, 2018 at Noon

The school leaders' appreciation lunch is open to all school leaders.  Lunch and panel discussion about critical issues school leaders are facing at this time.  What's different about this luncheon?  The panel are all authors and will discuss how they managed their experiences in the public school system.  Don't miss this riveting experience.

Call to Action Luncheon                           Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The final luncheon is open to all attendees and is included in the registration fee.  During our final hours together, the participants will have an opportunity to hear from our final guest speaker and enjoy discussions with their newly formed thought partners.  This will surely energize attendees and entice them to initiate their conference-created action plans.

Awards Dinner and Keynote Address

The awards dinner will be a fun and entertaining event for all in attendance.  During the event, an intriguing keynote speaker, Nationally Acclaimed Roland Martin, will address the attendees and encourage everyone to think differently about their role in education.  This is a special event and requires addition registration, if the attendee has not selected to register for the full experience package.  You absolutely won't want to miss this event.  

*the superintendents' round table

Facilitator:  Selected Superintendents 

Suggested Audience:  Superintendents

Whole school reform begins with inspired superintendent leadership.  This session will offer the opportunity to network with your peers, hear stories from superintendents who have changed their organization’s culture to where every aspect of the schools’ work is focused on building instructional capacity.

*building effective District-wide coaching systems

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Gioe, PhD

Suggested Audience: Assistant Superintendent, Director of Professional Development, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Student Support

District instructional teams will explore the systems and structures necessary to establish and build capacity among district curriculum leads and school based instructional coaches.  We will discuss strategies to leverage best practices across schools to expand professional development options to meet a wide range of professional needs.  Participants will envision the creation of a yearlong, district-led, instructional coaching professional development plan to support various coaching models that can be implemented in schools to support data inquiry; theory and practice; embedded job support; reflection and growth.

critical conversations

Facilitator: Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  All participants

At times, it is the willingness and ability to conduct critical conversations that influence school progress the most.  These conversations are not always reserved for school leaders, as engaging in critical conversation can be necessary at all levels of a district and school organization.  During this session, participants will learn how to conduct these important conversations and use communication techniques that can shift school members’ thinking about their contributions towards improved district and school outcomes.

*A change is coming: executive coaching techniques

Facilitator:  Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  Instructional leaders, coaches, district staff, principals, assistant principals, leadership cabinet members

Transformation! Personal Development! Effective Feedback! Compelling Communication!

During this session, participants will explore the core coaching competencies to build a guiding structure for their work. Participants will develop their coaching mindset and coaching presence to support the achievement of individual and organizational goals. Participants will practice both an executive and an instructional coaching conversation that demonstrate effective feedback.

coaching vs. mentoring

Facilitator: Michael Selkis

Suggested Audience: Teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals, district staff

In the field of education, a crucial human capital development area that creates much confusion is the difference between Coaching and Mentoring. Though mentoring and coaching are distinct, they do share many common and integrated elements. A failure to understand these differences will often lead to disappointing results and a missed opportunity to cultivate your people for success. In this workshop, we will explore the relationship between mentoring and coaching through the eyes and experiences of both the one providing these important services as well as through the lens of the individual receiving these services.

getting the most from peer coaching

Facilitator:  Dr. Lori Allen, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  Teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals, district staff

Have you ever been asked to provide coaching or guidance to a peer?  Have you ever asked a staff member to work with his/her colleague and provide guidance to improve pedagogy or increase student achievement?  If so, this is the session you don't want to miss.  

Peer coaching is an art and requires the appropriate pre-assessment of both the coach and the coachee.  Pairing staff members for success must be intentional. Participants will work in groups to practice the strategies and implementation steps that lead to effective partnerships in schools.  Using interactive scenarios, participants have an opportunity to apply their learning, while receiving another participant's feedback. 

using coaching to create effective student support teams

Facilitator: Dr. Bernard Gassaway, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  School counselors, teacher leaders, special education directors, coaches, deans, principals, assistant principals, district student support staff, parents, and family coordinator

This session will focus on identifying and implementing strategies that support the explicit and implicit alignment between students’ socio-emotional health and academic achievement.  Participants will work with other team members from their school community to develop a plan that provides in-school supports resulting in students taking ownership of their own learning, as well as being proactive when students need supports.

ensuring every staff member becomes a family coordinator

Facilitator:  Dr. Bernard Gassaway

Suggested Audience:  School counselors, teacher leaders, special education directors, coaches, deans, principals, assistant principals, district student support staff, parents, and family coordinator

When every staff member works towards a common goal of growing family engagement, the entire school community benefits.  Participants will learn the nuanced differences between family involvement and engagement and will leave the session with specific strategies necessary to create a robust action plan that will lead to achieving the school’s family engagement goals.

*the school leaders' round table

Facilitator:  Zina Burton-Myrick

Suggested Audience: School Principals

School leadership can be an overwhelming task. It is important that every leader creates support systems in order to succeed. In this session, participants will engage in various activities that will allow them to share their strengths and connect with each other leading to school improvement.

Identifying Goals for Coaching Improvement

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Gioe, PhD

Suggested Audience:  Principals, assistant principals, coaches

So now that you have instructional coaches, how do you capitalize on their talents to build capacity among teaching faculty?  We will discuss how to set up clear goals and expectations for instructional coaches to support their role in implementing school-wide professional development goals.  We will look at protocols to sustain and support the coaching work; and discuss multiple modalities coaches can implement change and provide support in teaching and learning.


Facilitator:  Veronica Goka

Suggested Audience: Teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals, district staff

How many times have you wished your supervisor better understood the intended purpose of your work?  Partnerships make a difference if schools are to connect all resources to create whole school reform.  This session will offer you the strategies to partner with your supervisor in building a team approach that supports you and your goals.   By coaching-up, everyone benefits and we are all critical to the implementation process.

*understanding How Adult Development stages Impact Coaching

Facilitator:  Dr. Monica George-Fields, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  Instructional leaders, coaches, district staff, principals, assistant principals, leadership cabinet members

This session will focus on exploring the adult development stages that influence the ways in which staff members work together and understand their roles in the school improvement efforts within the school.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies for identifying and supporting staff members and assisting them with their personal and professional growth.

leadership vs. management

Facilitator:  Michael Selkis

Suggested Audience: Teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals, district staff

What is the difference between Management and Leadership? It is a question that has been asked more than once and has been answered in many different ways. The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate the people who work for or follow them, and this sets the tone for most of the other aspects of what they do to contribute to the success of your organization. In this workshop, we will explore the Leadership/Management paradox that although it is seemingly relatively easy to distinguish between the two, they share a complex relationship because many people are both. The question is: How can you be effective at both?

leveraging teacher leaders

Facilitator:  Dr. Lori Allen, Ed.D

Suggested Audience:  Teacher leaders, principals, assistant principals, district staff

This session will provide participants strategies for identifying teachers who can potentially become teacher leaders and ways in which their skills can be developed to benefit other staff members in the school.  Teacher leaders have quickly become the one of the most popular approaches to provide professional supports to teachers so it is crucial that these potential and current leaders receive the appropriate supports.

it takes a village: coaching partnerships between community-based organizations and school staff

Facilitator:  Dr. Karren Dunkley, Ed.D

Suggested Audience: Principals, assistant principals, leadership cabinet members, parents, community-based organization staff

Your district’s and school’s success hinges on the personal and institutional effectiveness of its staff to develop, and leverage family and community partnerships to support student success. During this session, participants will increase their knowledge and skills of how to create innovative school partnership models and practices. Participants will explore the personal attributes needed to sustain these partnerships, with an emphasis on intercultural competence and compelling communication.

*creating school leadership teams that work flawlessly towards school improvement

Facilitator:  Veronica Goka

Suggested Audience:  School counselors, teacher leaders, special education directors, coaches, deans, principals, assistant principals, district student support staff, parents, and family coordinator

In this session, participants will identify their schools’ needs and consider the following:

  • How many teams do you need? What is the focus for each team?
  • How do you determine who is on each team?
  • What roles do they play? What will the work look like?
  • How can teams work together towards school improvement?

Participants will culminate their experience with a completed action plan that can be used in their schools to implement a more focused approach to maintaining highly effective teams. 

...And many more topics to be added as they are approved.  If you are interested in presenting your organization's best practices aligned to coaching, click below for more information.