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  • On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

    On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

    Imagine yourself on the highest mountain in the world. You have to deal with the physiological effects of extreme altitude–along with bone-chilling temperatures, battering winds, and a climbing team that’s counting on all of its members to make smart decisions. There’s simply no room for poor judgment — one mistake or misstep can result in an “unrecoverable error.”

    In any situation where lives on are the line or the stakes are exceptionally high–there’s no better training ground for leaders than settings where people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. Drawing on her experience as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, Alison Levine makes a compelling case that the leadership principles that apply in the world of extreme adventure also apply to today’s rigorously competitive business environments.

    Speaker Name : Alison Levine
  • The Preferred and Attainable Future of Teacher Evaluation

    The Preferred and Attainable Future of Teacher Evaluation

    This session will begin with a brief review of the expressed intentions of Race to the Top (RTT) and the failure of that effort to meet its intended goals. Those goals, in part, were to more accurately determine the strengths and areas of improvement for every teacher such that the expertise of K-12 educators could be systematically improved via the use of this information.

    Because RTT failed in this endeavor teacher evaluation currently runs the risk of devolving into a perfunctory ritual that is relatively meaningless. However, this does NOT have to be the inevitable future of teacher evaluation. We, as a profession, have learned a great deal from RTT and stand at a point where we can create a system that actually manifests the intended goals of RTT in a fair and accurate way. This session will lay out the specifics of such a system.

    Speaker Name : Robert Marzano