Leadership Academy Conference clone


Day One

  • 7:45 - 8:15 AM- Tech Check 
  • 8:30 AM - Welcome 
  • 8:45 AM - District Journey Map 
  • 9:25 AM - Break 
  • 9:30 AM - Leadership Panel Discussion Panelist: Dr. Gerard Rooney, Dr. Seanelle Hawkins, Lauren Dixon, and Dr. Mark Vaughn 
  • 10:30 AM - District Debrief 
  • 11:30 AM - District Activity  
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - Keynote:  Father Greg Boyle 
  • 2:00 PM - District Activity 

Day Two

  • 8:30 AM - Job Alike Session    (separate Zoom links) 
  • 9:30 AM - Keynote: David Epstein
  • 10:30 AM - District Debrief and Group Discussion 
  • 12:00 PM - Lunch 
  • 1:00 PM - Keynote: Kim Wilkins, NYSED P-12 Instructional Support Deputy Commissioner
  • 1:30 PM - Closing

Father Greg Boyle

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship
In a nation deeply divided and plagued by poverty and violence, Boyle offers a snapshot into the challenges and joys of life on the margins. A moving example of unconditional love during difficult times, this keynote is guaranteed to shake up our ideas about people. Boyle shares what three decades of working with gang members in Los Angeles has taught him about faith, compassion and the enduring power of kinship. He also invites us to find kinship with one another and convinces us all of our own goodness.

David Epstein

The Power of Range: The Secret to Success in Any Domain
What’s the most effective path to success in any domain? It’s not what you think. Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule. Best-selling author on the science of performance David Epstein has examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields — especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. Drawing on the latest research, David shares how learners of all ages, and their educators, can thrive in an increasingly complex world — not by picking a single specialty and mastering it, but by sampling many areas, changing (and failing) often, and focusing on the kind of analytical thinking skills that transfer between domains. His talk explains how to learn, teach, and create educational institutions primed for the 21st century.

Day One District Debrief

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