Leadership Academy, Part One:
Creating a Culture of Collaboration Among
New Mexico Schools to Successfully
Implement the CCSS and Raise
Student Achievement

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town | Albuquerque, New Mexico
September 4–5, 2014
Save the Date! Part Two: January 21–22, 2015

PED, in partnership with Solution Tree and Knowledge Delivery Systems, is proud to invite you to a FREE professional development event as part of the New Mexico Common Core Professional Development Program. Join us as we kick-start year three, and learn about the numerous professional learning opportunitites that will be provided! A reduced hotel rate is available until August 19, 2014.

Please bookmark this page for easy access to event information. You will receive a confirmation email after registering and a reminder email one week before the event. Your registration covers the September event only; you will be contacted later to register for the January event, but please save the date now! See the FAQ for more information.

Presenters: Luis F. Cruz, Juli K. Dixon

Cost: FREE

During this two-part Leadership Academy, principals and charter school leaders will collaborate with four Solution Tree experts on school improvement and implementing the Common Core Standards to learn how to use leadership skills effectively to build a collaborative school culture focused on results.

The Leadership Academy will also highlight success stories in building professional learning communities, using conferencing and coaching skills effectively, and planning school improvement initiatives with a focus on managing organizational change and personal transitions. Updates on PARCC implementation will be threaded throughout each discussion and activity.

During the two-day session this September, school leaders will learn about the numerous professional learning opportunities that will be provided to New Mexico educators this year, including:

  • Statewide workshops in response to intervention (RTI), differentiated instruction (DI), and cultural literacy
  • Leadership support through this two-part academy and a Virtual Principals’ Coaching Network (VPCN)
  • Regional Common Core mentoring support through in-person workshops and virtual learning communities
  • Regional content-specific workshops based on identified needs of the schools
  • Whole-school participation in online course study (40 schools will be selected)
  • An Exemplary Schools Program with on-site consultation, creation of evidences of effectiveness (case studies), and a year-end Showcase of New Mexico Exemplary Schools (10 schools will be selected)

Outcomes for September session
Through an activity-based agenda, school leaders will focus on:

  • Recognizing and supporting effective instructional practices in the implementation of the Common Core Standards in mathematics
  • Identifying and supporting strong core instruction that is responsive to individual student needs and includes differentiated instruction
  • Promoting and supporting coaching conversations to ensure teacher collaboration and growth
  • Using the New Mexico–customized PD Planning Tool to provide differentiated professional development opportunities for staff aligned with their needs
  • Collecting and analyzing data to monitor both teacher and student growth
  • Strategies to develop a collaborative school culture focused on results

Download a printable version of the schedule

Thursday, September 4
7:00–8:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:00–8:15 a.m. Welcome, introductions
8:15–9:15 a.m.
Interactive Session One - Luis F. Cruz
9:15–9:45 a.m. PARCC Update - Cathy Kinzer and Sheryl White
9:45–10:00 a.m Break
10:00–11:30 a.m. Interactive Session Two - Luis F. Cruz
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00–2:00 p.m. PED Presentation - PED-Provided Opportunities for Year Three
2:00–2:45 p.m. PED Presentation - CCSS Implementation and PD Planning Tool
2:45–3:00 p.m. Break
3:00–4:00 p.m. Work Session - Using the PD Planning Tool - Luis F. Cruz
Friday, September 5
7:00–8:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:00–9:45 a.m. Interactive Session Three - Juli K. Dixon
9:45–10:00 a.m.
10:00–11:00 a.m. Interactive Session Four - Juli K. Dixon
11:00–11:30 a.m PED Presentation
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00–2:00 p.m. PED, KDS, ST Presentation - PD Opportunities for Selected Schools
2:00–2:45 p.m. PED Presentation - PED-Provided Opportunities for Year Three
2:45–3:00 p.m. Break
3:00–4:00 p.m. Closing Forum and Q&A
Agenda is subject to change.

All seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. When selecting your attire, please keep in mind that it is difficult to keep the room temperatures at levels that are pleasing to all attendees.

Events reach capacity quickly. Please look for email confirmation of your event registration before making travel plans.

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Boulevard Northwest
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
Refer to the Solution Tree/New Mexico PED event to receive the rate of $83 per day.
Deadline for reserving at the discounted rate: August 19, 2014

Q: Can I pick up all the badges for my team at registration?
A: To expedite registration, we ask that you pick up only your own badge and event materials.

Q: What if someone registered but can’t attend? Can my school or district substitute someone else?
A: We welcome and recommend substitutions for those who registered but cannot attend. If you would like to send a substitute, please provide his or her name to us as soon as possible. Substitutions are best made at any time prior to the event. To submit a substitution, please contact us at NMcommoncore@solution-tree.com. Substitutions may also be made on-site.

Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: You will receive a bag with most materials. Bring a pen and paper or a laptop for taking notes.

Q: Will there be wireless Internet access during the event?
A: Yes

Q: Will the state reimburse my travel expenses?
A: Hotel and travel costs are not reimbursable from PED. Check with your school or district.

Q: I have more questions. Who can I contact?
A: Please email your question to NMcommoncore@solution-tree.com.

More Information on the New Mexico Common Core Professional Development Program
All documents, updates, and information on the New Mexico Common Core Professional Development Program will be posted on our Common Core website at www.newmexicocommoncore.org.

Registration for this event is closed