How to Build High Performance Teams, and Advance Innovation and Collaboration to the Next Level to Increase Student Learning – Two-day program
High performance teams can solve complex problems at a much deeper level than individuals working alone, or typical teams in schools. In this workshop, participants will learn about the latest research on high performance teams and what distinguishes them from most school or district teams. Dr. Ash will discuss the five characteristics of extraordinary teams from all other teams (high genuine vulnerability trust, willingness to engage in conflict, team commitment, mutual accountability, and focusing on results). As school leaders, participants will also learn 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.
Audience: K-12 Educators, Administrators
Member Fee & Member Guest $395
Non Member Fee$425 (fee includes two days and Dr. Ash’s book)
Dates: October 24th and January 9th
Presenter: 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. In 2015, his leadership in the area of professional development was further highlighted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education http://www.doe.mass.edu/pd/casestudies/LPS-study.pdf
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.