2013 Presentation Topics
Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman
International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc.
The presentation topics below can be tailored to meet the needs of the audience. They can also be combined for half-day and full-day presentations.
- Preparing Students for the 21st Century
The skills, knowledge, and attitudes today’s learners bring to our schools and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they will need to be successful in the technological, globally driven world in which they will live and work have changed dramatically. Dr. Daggett will describe what schools must do to prepare students for their future rather than our past.
- Leading Change During Challenging Times — Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools
Three evolving challenges are about to accelerate simultaneously, causing the perfect storm for K-12 education. Dr. Daggett will describe the implications of 1) the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Assessments, and teacher evaluation systems, and how they will fundamentally change what and how we must teach; 2) the increasing financial pressure that schools will be forced to deal with; and 3) the challenges/opportunities that emerging technologies and tech-savvy students will pose for all K-12 educators. He will then provide a snapshot of how the nation’s most rapidly improving schools provide solutions to these complex challenges.
- Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready
To successfully meet the growing demand to make all students college and career ready, K-12 educators must overcome a series of challenges. Schools will be required to make a fundamental shift in both what is taught and how it will be taught. Students will be assessed on standards that are far more rigorous and much more applied than in the past; therefore, teachers will need to match their instruction to those higher levels of rigor and relevance. Dr. Daggett will lay out why these changes are being made, the impact they will have on curriculum and instruction, and ways that the nation’s most rapidly improving schools have developed and used a blueprint to meet these challenges successfully.
- Creating a Culture of High Expectations
The nation’s most rapidly improving schools have created a culture of high expectations for all students, not simply because of the pending demands of the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Assessments, and new teacher evaluation requirements, but rather because they understand the need to prepare their students for our increasingly technological, globally competitive society. Dr. Daggett will explain the imperative for high expectations and provide suggestions on how schools can achieve them.
- Creating Systemwide Focus on Effectiveness and Efficiency — The Daggett System for Effective Instruction
To improve student performance, especially during times of declining financial resources, the nation’s most rapidly improving schools have found that it is essential to align priorities and initiatives, and work of all levels of the system, from classroom to school to district; around instructional effectiveness. The design of the Daggett System for Effective Instruction incorporates the best practices in these schools and is based on an extensive review of research and a deep understanding of what schools can reasonably afford and reasonably impact. Dr. Daggett will describe the system and specific tools and strategies that schools can use to improve the performance of all students, even during times of declining financial resources.
- Preparing for the Challenges and Opportunities of the Common Core State Standards
Over the next few years, schools will face a series of challenges and opportunities that will have a major impact on both students and teachers. Fueled by moving to the Common Core State Standards and, more importantly, new assessments tied to these standards, schools must make a fundamental shift in both what is taught and how it will be taught. Students will be assessed on standards that are far more rigorous and much more applied than in the past; therefore teachers will need to match their instruction to those higher levels of rigor and relevance. Dr. Daggett will lay out why these changes are being made, the impact they will have on curriculum and instruction, and ways that the nation’s most rapidly improving schools develop and use a blueprint to meet the challenges successfully.
- Rigor and Relevance for ALL Students
Highly successful schools have academically rigorous curricula that also incorporate real-world relevance. These schools understand that rigor, while essential, is not adequate to lead all students to high levels of achievement. Dr. Daggett will provide an in-depth look at the Rigor/Relevance Framework®, created by the International Center for Leadership in Education, which has become a cornerstone of curriculum and instruction throughout the country and abroad. Two additional Rs, which are also critical to maximizing student success, will be described: relationships between student and teacher, student and student, and teacher and teacher, and opportunities for reflective thought on what is being taught and learned.
- Teacher Evaluation – Take Control or Be Controlled
Over the next two years, the most intensely debated issue in and around our schools will be teacher evaluations. Pending federal legislation will require it, governors are calling for it, and the media are embracing it. As educators we can either take control of the teacher evaluation process or be controlled by external demands. Dr. Daggett will highlight essential considerations that will ensure teacher evaluations focus on instructional improvement. Specific strategies to meet school and district goals through a teacher evaluation system will also be identified.
- CTE at a Crossroads
For both academic education and career and technical education, the next few years will be “the best of times” or “the worst of times.” The last decade has presented great challenges for all educators, brought about first by No Child Left Behind and now by Race to the Top, coupled with dramatic changes in the workplace. Dr. Daggett will describe how outstanding programs have responded to the challenges by well preparing students for academic and workplace success by making CTE and academic education a seamless system.
- Literacy Across the Curriculum
Both the workplace and postsecondary education are demanding higher levels of literacy. This reality is behind the higher expectations that underpin the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessments. Meeting these demands means literacy must become a bell-to-bell responsibility of all educators. Dr. Daggett will describe the nation’s most rapidly improving schools’ best practices for driving literacy across the curriculum.
"Thank you for an outstanding presentation at our Spring Meeting and celebration of our 50th anniversary. You made the event one to remember. The evaluations of your presentation are among the best we’ve ever received for a presenter. I especially appreciated your message about the need to shift from 'learning to do' to 'doing to learn.' It drove home one of my favorite comments – there is no merit in doing something well that doesn’t need to be done at all. I have reviewed my notes a couple of times, and feel that I personally have a lot of 'take aways' from your presentation. "
John Ellis, Executive Director
Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
"The only feedback I have is that it was perfect. Dr. Daggett just gets “it” about schools and how administrators and teachers think so much that his message is even more impactful than the facts he presents."
Sam Varano, Principal
"I would like to thank you for your outstanding presentations in our school district on Friday, May 2, 2008. Your morning program for all school staff members provided a thorough overview of the challenges we face in providing an educational program that will properly prepare our students to achieve success in a global society. Also, your in-depth overview on educational reform for our high school professional staff members served to reinforce the significance of the efforts necessary to achieve this goal.
As we continue to strive to provide educational excellence for our students, it is increasingly important that we address the much broader and more complex educational area and its impact in order to deterrmine our program planning and development. We greatly appreciate your efforts in delivering this timely and pertinent information. "
Karen E. Jez, Superintendent
Titusville Area School District, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Daggett’s work has been an inspiration to anyone who wants to make the changes needed to move education into the 21st century and beyond. He has given concrete direction and asset the stage for why we need to change and helped with process that lead us in the right direction.
Dr. Daggett’s work has been most effective in demonstrating why the schools need to change."
Mary Bruno, Director of Career, Technical and Community Education
Volusia County Schools, Florida
"Thank you very much for helping make the 2007 SAANYS Annual Conference a success. Your keynote presentation was a highlight of the conference! Attendees repeatedly told us the keynote was not only informative but inspirational. Participant comments such as "great insight", "so pertinent", "great presentation", "we need his voice!", "one of the best speakers I’ve ever heard", "inspirational" and "should be Commissioner" indicated the groups appreciation of you and your message. You certainly helped make the conference professionally rewarding for all of us.
The Conference is designed as an opportunity to foster the growth of school leaders. Session presenters like you certainly made this growth possible. We appreciate the quality of your thoughts and your energizing presentation style."
James H. Collins
Director of Professional Development
Magellan Foundation/SAANYS, New York
"The support of Bill Daggett and the International Center has helped move our district forward with critical initiatives which has resulted in improved academic achievement. Bill’s work has been the foundation upon which we developed our strategic plan which includes our mission, vision, and values. These drive our district as we continue to welcome the challenges of educating students for the 21st century. It is refreshing to work with a company that stays on message. "
Ada Grabowski, Ph.D., Superintendent
Albion Central School District, NY
Prepare all students for college-level work and ensure they understand college-readiness standards.
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