Instructional Leadership: Supporting Exceptional Distance Learning

Instructional Leadership: Supporting Exceptional Distance Learning
Instructional Leadership: Supporting Exceptional Distance Learning

Date(s):
Time: 11:00am ET -

Private schools always strive to deliver their mission with excellence— but what does excellence look like when learning occurs remotely? How do schools maintain a strong faculty culture and high morale when our interactions occur via a crowded Zoom screen? What modalities can schools use to provide the necessary predictability and support for teachers who have been charged with implementing an unfamiliar approach to teaching and learning?

Join this online workshop to discover important leadership strategies that can help you bolster your school’s distance learning approach. Whether you’ve already been offering distance learning or are preparing for the uncertain winter months, you and your team can always implement new practices to positively impact student learning.

  • Are you unsure that your distance learning approach is working for students and teachers?
  • Do you feel you need more knowledge to best support your teachers?
  • Are you looking for new strategies and tactics to support distance learning at your school?

The roles of private-independent school academic leaders vary from school to school. Yet one responsibility is universal—instructional leadership.

First and foremost, academic leaders must focus on learning to create an environment of predictability and support in which teachers can create and deliver exceptional learning experiences.

In this workshop, we will explore a critical question: How do academic leaders shift their mindset and practices from what worked in brick-and-mortar learning to what is needed during remote learning?

You will learn how to:

  • establish clear goals that define exceptional online learning;
  • focus on learning and how it might look as we move forward;
  • help teachers maximize student engagement;
  • use approaches that lead to higher teacher efficacy;
  • tackle alternative approaches to assessment and ways to make learning visible; and
  • employ strategies to support great student learning.

After this online workshop, you’ll be:

  • better prepared to lead and support your teachers in their work;
  • able to articulate practices that support the learning goals or your program;
  • equipped with strategies for instructional leadership in an online setting; and
  • connected with other instructional leaders you can turn to with questions during this unprecedented year.

This online workshop is for:

Academic/instructional leaders, current or aspiring Division Heads, and School Heads.

Mike Gwaltney

Mike Gwaltney

Director of Online Learning | ISM Consultant

Expertise

Mike is one of the pioneering leaders in online learning within the American private-independent school community. He is a recognized thought leader in developing constructivist learning experiences that connect students to each other online in highly collaborative, "high-touch" projects. Mike shares his expertise in blended, online, and project-based learning, along with faculty development and evaluation, high quality project-based learning, mission-based curriculum development, and transformative school leadership.

Current Role

As a Consultant for ISM, Mike advocates for progressive school approaches that include project-based and inquiry-based learning, equity-focused and evidence-based leadership, and connecting students with online communities and other learners around the world. Mike presents at regional and national conferences, and facilitates on-campus trainings and workshops for private-independent schools.

Prior Experience

Over his many years working in schools, Mike has led a variety of strategic academic initiatives while providing leadership and mentoring to scores of teachers. As a previous Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, RI, Mike helped lead school decisions on all issues related to academic and co-curricular programs.

Mike is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including recognition as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles six times. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, the New York Times Learning Network, Edutopia, and in several recent books.

Mike was given the annual Friends of the Muslim Educational Trust Award in 2016 for envisioning and designing project-based blended-online learning opportunities between students at an Episcopal independent school and students from the muslim community in the Pacific Northwest. In February 2017, Mike was given the OESIS “Innovation Leader” award for Digital Citizenship, Project-based Learning, and Interdisciplinary Learning, and in 2020 Mike was named a OESIS Faculty PD Pathways Leader.

Education

Mike received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

 

Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor, Ed.D.

ISM Consultant

Expertise

Andrew shares his expertise in school management, professional growth and development, project-based learning, faculty evaluation, and more. He worked in private-independent schools for 22 years before joining ISM in 2017.

Current Role

As an ISM Consultant, Andrew:

  • Writes for ISM’s advisory letter Ideas & Perspectives, distributed to school leaders in almost 1,000 schools
  • Leads and co-leads of ISM workshops in student-centered scheduling, leading effective lower schools, executive leadership, and summer program development
  • Co-facilitates ISM’s annual Heads Retreat
  • Hosts webinars in the areas of leadership, change management, and learning theory
  • Presents at association conferences
  • Conducts national and international on-site consultations
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats.

Prior Experience

Andrew previously served as Head of Tower School, MA, where he was charged with rationalizing the operating budget, right-sizing the staffing model, and reconfiguring the school schedule to facilitate interdisciplinary instruction and project-based learning.

Before that, he was Head of Lower School at St. Paul’s, MD, where he oversaw the school’s adoption of the International Primary Curriculum. He also facilitated the creation of a project-based learning initiative, implemented a re-defined teacher observation process, and supported asynchronous, online professional development.

Andrew began his career as an undergraduate instructor in Human Genetics, Human Social Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He also taught Biology at the high school level.

After immigrating to the United States, he taught science at Brentwood School, CA, where he developed its Lower School Summer Program. Later, he was Director of Admission and Assistant Head of School at St. James’ School, CA, with significant involvement in fundraising and growing enrollment. Andrew was also the Assistant Headmaster and Director of Summer Programs at the John Thomas Dye School, CA.

Andrew has presented at CAIS, SAIS and NAIS Conferences.

Education

Andrew earned his Doctorate of Education at UCLA, and his master’s degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge. Andrew’s two bachelor’s degrees are in Human Biology and Science Education.

This is a distance learning event.

How it works:

  • Synchronous learning will be held:
    • Thursday, January 14, 2021
      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
      • 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET)
    • Friday, January 15, 2021
      • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET)
  • The rest of the time will be flexible for independent work, connecting with peers, and group learning

This workshop will deliver the same high-quality learning and takeaways you expect from an ISM workshop. 

This workshop will be held virtually.

You'll receive login information after you register. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?

It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:

  • workshops@isminc.com
  • marie@isminc.com

You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these e-mails.

What does my registration fee include?

All workshop materials are included.

Event Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

We take the health and safety of our school leaders seriously.

In an abundance of caution and to protect the health of all participants, ISM will hold only distance learning events until further notice.

Should ISM cancel an event, we ensure a 100% money-back guarantee for all registrants—so you can buy with confidence. You can feel free to direct any questions to workshops@isminc.com.

Confirmation and Cancellation Policy

Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for ISM’s Professional Development Events

Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the event. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.

Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing workshops@isminc.com, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Event Experience Manager, ISM, 2207 Concord Pike, #417 Wilmington, DE, 19803.

  • Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations received less than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will not be refunded.
  • Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.

The Substitution Option and Wallet Option

If a member of your team can no longer attend a workshop for which they have registered and it is past the cancellation window, your school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at any time for cancellations. 

  1. The school may substitute another employee.
  2. The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Event Experience Manager at 302-656-4944 x152.

*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.

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