How does one lead within an environment where there are so many questions, the answers are not clear, and the stakes are high?
"Last week was a true highlight for me - both personally and professionally ~ and in this work, for me, it doesn't get any better! I loved the conference and I have been beaming ever since. There are so many pieces of the program that really resonated with me. The stars were aligned for me and the timing was right. I have been to a number of workshops over the years and this was one of my all-time favorites, hands down."
Over the four day experience in Richmond, participants will:
Who Should Attend
School Leaders at all points in their career:
Schools that have sent school leadership teams have found this workshop to have a high impact on the work they do in the upcoming year.
This conference attracts school leaders who are excited about change and innovation and who want to think strategically and intentionally about the future of teaching, learning, and leading.
Your Team of Facilitators:
Carla Silver - Head L+Doer, Leadership+Design
Ryan Burke - Upper School Head, Allendale-Stevenson School; Leadership+Design co-founder
Kaleb Rashad, Ed.D. - Director, High Tech High
While no two programs are exactly the same, the following outline provides a general framework for the conference:
Arrive in Richmond and get started. Our conference formally opens at 9:00am, Get oriented for an action-packed four days. We'll be out and about in Richmond, meeting people on the street and getting to know one another in the process. We will get really curious about big questions like: "Why School?" and "What is innovation?" "How might we stay relevant in a global, innovation economy?" and "Is knowing obsolete?" (Sugata Mitra) Facilitators introduce key concepts, and inquiry into the nature of innovation provides opportunities to connect with other school leaders.
Day two focuses on innovation as a human skill. Using case studies and presentations by guest innovators, we will identify the traits of innovative leaders. As an individual, whole group, and in small teams, you will identify your "signature presence" and practice the conversational skills needed to navigate conflict and guide teams through ambiguity and organizational change. During day two and day three, school teams will spend most of their time in mixed groups as a way to facilitate discussion across organizations and allow participants to practice new skills in new teams.
Day three focuses on innovation in teams, using a full-day design challenge that integrates work on campus and in the city of Richmond. Participants will practice using design thinking to create an innovative solution to a real-world problem. Led by guest designers, they will learn to empathize with end users, redefine problems in more creative ways, brainstorm more effectively, and prototype possible solutions. Participants will reflect on their own participation and gain a common language to understand the team dynamics that emerge when engaging in creative collaboration with others.
Day four provides an opportunity for school teams to regroup and debrief the last few busy days. Teams will identify lessons learned and opportunities for growth when they return to school with the help of Leadership+Design facilitators.The conference ends mid-day to permit departure from Richmond in the afternoon/evening - or stay longer to enjoy beautiful Richmond in June!
The fee for the conference is $999.00 if you register before January 1, $1299.00 thereafter. This includes all materials, supplies, and meals for the duration of the conference. Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.
L+D has secured a block of 25 rooms at the Hyatt House Richmond West, near the Short Pump Mall. The block runs from June 25-30, and includes rooms with king beds for a rate of $149 per night.
To secure a room, call the hotel directly and ask to book a room under the Leadership+Design block for those dates. To receive the reduced rate, you must book the room prior to one month before the date of the conference.
Hyatt House Richmond-West
11800 W. Broad Street
Henrico, Virginia, USA, 23233
( 804) 360-7021
L+D reserves the right to cancel this seminar if there is insufficient enrollment. In this unlikely event, participants will be notified well in advance of the institute and given a full refund. L+D, however, cannot be responsible for any financial obligation incurred by participants because of travel cancellations.
When requested in writing, L+D will refund registration fees as follows: 75% of registration fee when requested 45 days or more from first day of institute; 50% of registration fee when requested 31–44 days from first day of institute; no refund within 30 days of the first day of institute.