The West Michigan Education Leadership Conference held at Kent Intermediate School District is an opportunity for area leaders to gather together to share and learn.
The first leadership conference was held last fall and there were over 150 leaders throughout the region in attendance. This conference allows educators to learn from one another and share strategies and programs that are demonstrating success. There are so many amazing things happening locally, we need a venue to collaborate.
Comments from last year include:
“It was a great conference! Every session I attended was truly a learning experience! Thank you so much for planning it!”
“This was a very good day. Thanks for all the hard work to pull this off. Looking forward to the next one!”
The sessions consist of presentations from local and intermediate school district principals, superintendents, and teacher leaders. This year, Dr. Mike Shibler, Superintendent from Rockford Public Schools, will be sharing the RAMS strategic plan process. This process has shown results and been replicated in a variety of districts including Hudsonville, Grand Ledge, and Fruitport. We will also have Steve Seward, an Assistant Superintendent at Cedar Springs. He is a nationally recognized presenter and will be sharing his knowledge regarding curriculum and instruction. Another great speaker at this years’ conference is David Britten, Superintendent of Godfrey Lee Public Schools. Dr. Britten is a leader in technology and has over 5,700 Twitter followers.
Technology sessions will be running throughout the day for leaders to dig deeper into skills for the 21st century. Other topics include reviewing school data, building teams, digital leadership, technology integration, observing classrooms and conducting evaluations, instruction and standards and using data to drive instruction.
The day is filled with energy and learning. Area administrators meet in the Kent ISD hallways and open areas to share ideas from the sessions they attend throughout the day. The excitement is contagious and participants will leave the day with many strategies and techniques to take back to their school building and district.
There will be on-site exhibitors demonstrating products, as well as chances to win door prizes. Lunch is provided by the culinary arts students at Kent Career Technical Center. Many of the learning sessions continue after the conference is over on Twitter, blogs, and from presenters working directly with districts.
Please plan on joining us at this premier leadership event in the fall! CLICK HERE to learn more about the West MI ELC and to register.