2021 Curriculum Leadership Academy July 28

    July 28 Agenda
   8:30 am Sign in & make name tag
9:00 am   Welcome! 
  1. Goals for the Curriculum Leadership Academy; review schedule for the two days; housekeeping items &  licensure credit requirements. ~ Kevin Vidergar, Director of Teaching & Learning, Perry CSD
  2. Presentation: The 8 Functions of a Highly Effective Curriculum Leader 
    The primary responsibility of curriculum leaders is to develop the collective capacity of the organization to assure that all students are successful.  We will explore the eight functions of our work to assure the capacity of the system to achieve that goal - the success of all in achieving our students' success. ~ Lou Howell, Executive Director Iowa ASCD
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  3. 8 Functions Resources

   9:50  am  Break 
10-11:30 am

        Room 107
  Iowa Core, Curriculum and Instruction
Function: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)

During this session, investigate current trends/research-based best practices, consider myths/misinterpretations in curriculum and instruction and identify areas of need of attention in your district/school

Presented by:  Dr. Darcie Kress, Curriculum Director, Iowa City School District

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Room 112
Understanding the Reality of Change

Function: Change & Professional Learning

Learn strategies for selecting and managing the changes that will make a difference for your students

Presented by: Lowell Ernst, Director K-12 Instruction, Pella School District

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Room 113
Leveraging Teacher Leadership

Function: Relationships & Professional Learning


Learn from
three districts how they continue to build capacity for curriculum leads and instructional coaches.

Presented by: Annette Jauron, Director of Teaching and Learning, Indianola CSD, Dr. Susan Pecinovsky, Educational Consultant; & Kevin Vidergar, Director of Teaching & Learning, Perry CSD

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 11:30 – 12:10 pm Room 107   Working Lunch  Box Lunch & 8 functions Activity   
12:20–1:50 pm  Room 107

Guaranteed & Viable Curriculum

Function: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)

This session will: define a guaranteed and viable curriculum, discuss the elements, provide criteria to evaluate and offer resources.

Presented by: Corey St. John, Director of Teaching & Learning, Winterset School District;  Bret Miller, Director of Teaching & Learning, Newton School District

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 Room 112

Implementing the Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM)

Function: Professional Learning & Relationships

During this session connect your background with professional learning with the IPDM, build and refine your understanding of the IPDM, and network and share resources

Presented by: Jill Janes, Director of Innovative Learning, Boone Community School District

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Room 113

Building & Maintaining Capacity for Teacher Leaders

 Function: Relationships & Professional Learning

Learn strategies for building and maintaining capacity among teacher leaders. 

Presented by: Veta Thode, Curriculum Director, Washington Community School District & Anna Upah, Principal for Keystone Elementary and Director of Curriculum & Instructional Services, Benton Community School District

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  1:50 – 2:00 pm  Break    
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Room 107
Deep Dive into Iowa Core and Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

Function: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (CIA)

This is an opportunity to ask and answer questions of the presenters while continuing to build the capacity of everyone in the room. Create a network of colleagues. 

Presented by: Dr. Darcie Kress, Curriculum Director, Iowa City School District, Corey St. John, Director of Teaching & Learning, Winterset School District;  Bret Miller, Director of Teaching & Learning, Newton School District

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 Room 112
Designing & Implementing Professional Learning

Function: Professional Learning & Relationships

Learn strategies and ideas for designing and implementing professional learning that incorporates adult learning theory and then apply these to an upcoming event you are planning. 


Presented by: Katy Evenson, Executive Director/Educational Services, Northwest AEA

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 Room 113
Ensuring Effectiveness in Instructional Coaching Program

Function: Relationships & Professional Learning

Learn from a coach’s perspective about the components necessary to ensure sustainability of an effective instructional coaching program and identify actions you can take to ensure your district/school’s instructional coaching program is effective. 

Presented byr: Christina Woodward & Laura Nickman, Instructional Coaches, Lewis Central CSD

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    3:40 – 4:00 pm       Wrap Up Day 1:  Raffle, Reflection &  Complete the Day 1 Activity