How to Build High Performance Teams, and Advance Innovation and Collaboration to the Next Level to Increase Student Learning (Date Change)

  • January 09, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 2480 Post Road, Warwick (RIASP Office Building 3rd Floor)


  • RIASP Member (fee includes two days and a copy of Dr. Ash's book)
  • RIASP Member Guest (fee includes two days and a copy of Dr. Ash's book)
  • Fee includes two days and a copy of Dr. Ash's Book


Audience: PreK-12 Educators and Administrators

Dates: January 9, 2019

Check In8:00am-8:30am 

Session: 8:30am-3:00pm 


Location: RIASP Office Building: 2480 Post Road, Warwick, RI. 

Cost of Session:

  • Member Fee & Member Guest $250 each.
  • Non Member Fee $275 each.
  • Team of 3 or more $230 each (code required). Email
  • Fee includes a copy of Dr. Ash's book. 
    • School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Obstacles, and Diffusing Innovation.

Overview: High performance teams can solve complex problems at a much deeper level than individuals working alone, or typical teams in schools. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Participants will learn about the latest research on high performance teams and what distinguishes them from most school or district teams. 
  • Apply the five characteristics of extraordinary teams (high genuine vulnerability trust, willingness to engage in conflict, team commitment, mutual accountability, and focusing on results.
  • Participants will also learn and apply how to design a ‘backbone committee’ that will ensure your school has sufficient support to both lead complex change and overcome potential faculty and parent obstacles.


Dr. Paul Ash Paul Ash, Ph.D. Dr. Paul Ash recently retired as the Superintendent of Schools in Lexington, Massachusetts after ten years. During his 42-year career, Paul has held a wide range of school leadership roles: Superintendent of Schools, Westwood, MA; Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Finance, and Administration, Wellesley, MA; Chair of the Legislation Committee, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, President and Negotiations Chair, Dover-Sherborn Teachers Association, Dover, MA; President of the Massachusetts Association of School Personnel Administrators, and Member of the Newton School Committee, Newton, MA. Paul is a recognized expert at the state and national level on closing achievement gaps for minority, special education, and low-income student three podcasts, human resources/labor relations, financial operations, and professional development. In 2010, the national newspaper Education Week highlighted Lexington’s professional development program as one of six national models on how professional learning can be used to improve student learning and teacher innovation. Paul is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book School Systems That Learn: Improving Professional Practice, Overcoming Obstacles, and Diffusing Innovation. The book focuses on how any school district can raise academic achievement for all students by creating an adult learning organization based on trust, collaboration in all directions, capacity building and leadership at all levels. 

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