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Session Descriptions: Day 2 AM Block: Lamson


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  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone


Being a Leader Is Not Enough: Become a Catalyst
August 9, 10:05-11:35am

Marc Lamson, President, ASLAN Training & Development

  • ​Leadership in Education, K-12, Administrators, Grade Level Leaders, Technology Coaches, Department Heads

The key to exceeding today's academic performance standards requires not just change at the student level, but change at the staff and leadership level as well. A catalyst is defined as "an agent that accelerates change." Most seem to agree that the skills today's children need to ensure a successful future are dramatically different from yesterday's lessons of cursive writing, long division, typing, and using the card catalog.

Communication, teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving are among some of the key skills for tomorrow and will require significant change for staff to teach them. Your school and/or district's ability to adapt and achieve the expected results for meeting standards is largely dependent on the staff.

As an administrator, you know that you must wear many hats to ensure the entire team is operating at a high level and driving change. That can be hard to do day after day, year after year.

This session will share best practices from the world of business leadership to help you unlock the potential your current team already has inside of them. Come to this session if you want to learn how to:

1. Identify and measure the three keys to successful change and better results: Desire (the will), Productivity (the work), and Competency (the skill)

2. Effectively "turn the dials" of Desire, Productivity, and Competency among the staff by shifting your role to:

  • Leader: Connecting an educator's success in the classroom with their personal goals - the most important factor in motivating
  • Manager: Ensuring your team develops self-accountability for things they know they need to do, but don't want to do
  • Coach: Simplifying the process to "diagnose" where a staff member needs to change and "develop" that specific skill in a way that actually drives improvement

3. Increase the levels of transparency and trust in your culture by becoming an Other-Centered® Leader

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