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2017 Raise Your Hand Texas Campus to Capitol Leadership Symposium

Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2017
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, Texas

Program Overview

The 2017 Raise Your Hand Texas Campus to Capitol Leadership Symposium will allow school leaders to expand your scope of influence beyond the campus to the capitol and will empower alumni to push your thinking and practice beyond its current state.

Pre-Conference Welcome Night Session and Movie Screening

Participants from outside the Austin area are encouraged to arrive at the Renaissance Hotel on January 31, 2017 for two optional events:

  • A workshop to help participants prepare for the meeting with your legislator that will take place the following day.
  • A dinner and private screening of the award-winning documentary, Most Likely To Succeed.

Symposium Agenda

The Campus to Capitol Symposium officially kicks off at 9 a.m. on February 1. The morning focuses on networking, a brief legislative overview, and a discussion about what to expect from the capitol visit. On February 1st, the symposium concludes with a networking reception, followed by dinner and a keynote speaker. February 2nd consists of a debrief with your fellow leaders about the capitol visit, breakout sessions with experts, and networking organized by Harvard Institute attendance. The symposium closes with a call-to-action to head back to your campus and inspire your team to “Go Beyond.”

Hotel Accommodations

What to Expect

LEGISLATOR VISITS

A central component of Raise Your Hand Texas Campus to Capitol Leadership Symposium is an opportunity for attendees to visit the Texas Capitol and meet with your elected officials. The purpose of these meetings is for school leaders to to build relationships with policymakers and share successful and innovative approaches to educating students on Texas campuses.

Before the Leadership Symposium, participants are expected to schedule meetings for the afternoon of February 1 with your elected representative and/or senator serving the area in which your campus resides. Attendees can learn more about how to set up and prepare for your visit on the Legislative Visits page.

OPTIONAL SCREENING AND SESSIONS

On the evening of January 31, 2017, Raise Your Hand Texas is hosting a private screening of the award-winning documentary, Most Likely To Succeed, featuring a discussion with the film’s executive producer Ted Dintersmith.

Based on the book written by Harvard professor Dr. Tony Wagner and philanthropist Ted Dintersmith, “Most Likely To Succeed” argues for transforming the education system to prepare our students for the 21st century and spotlights a school in San Diego, CA, High Tech High, that has redesigned the school experience. Click to watch the Most Likely to Succeed trailer.

Dinner will be provided to everyone who registers for the screening.

Planning Your Capitol Visit

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Pre-symposium Keynote Speaker

Join us for the pre-symposium keynote address delivered by philanthropist, author, and executive producer of Most Likely to Succeed.

Ted speaks frequently at major events and conferences, delivering a vision of what our schools could – and need to – be. Drawing on inspiring examples garnered during his fifty-state tour, he can articulate the conditions required to let our students, teachers, and schools race forward.

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Keynote Speaker

The keynote address will be delivered by prolific writer, speaker, and educational consultant Dr. Michael Fullan. An expert in change management and maximizing impact on public school campuses, Fullan will offer insight on ways to ignite and inspire innovation in the classroom.

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Closing Keynote Speaker

Carol Dweck’s work has focused on the ideas of “fixed” and “growth” mindset, yet educators will need to go a step further with these notions to create the learning opportunities our students and schools deserve. We need to focus not only what we know, but what we do with what we know. In this talk, George will discuss the idea and characteristics of “The Innovator’s Mindset”, and share powerful examples on why this is so crucial for all educators. George’s presentations are known to be emotional, humorous, all while pushing your thinking, and will definitely connect to your heart first, in a way that will last with you long after this keynote.

2017 PROGRAM AGENDA

This is a preliminary agenda. Session information and times are subject to change.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Design Thinking for Educators
(Confirmed Attendees Only)

1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hotel Check-in
3 p.m.

Optional Workshop: Preparing for Your Capitol Visit
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie: Private Screening of Most Likely to Succeed
and chat with Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks
9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Systemic Solutions to Persistent Problems
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Preparing for Your Capitol Visit
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Load Shuttle
12:45 p.m.

Depart for State Capitol
1 p.m.

Meeting with Legislators

2 p.m.– 3:45 p.m.
(Shuttle returns at 2:15, 3, 3:45 and 4:15)

Return to Renaissance Hotel
4:15 p.m.

Cocktail Reception
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Keynote Dinner: Michael Fullan
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Breakfast
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Capitol Conversations
8:00 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.

Break
8:35 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The Importance of Culture
Kay Merseth
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Link to Pre-Reading Materials *

Break
9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Leadership for Change: Developing Effective Engagement of Families and Communities
Andrés Alonso
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Link to Pre-Reading Materials *

Engaging Teacher Leadership to Drive School Improvement
Sarah Fiarman
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Link to Pre-Reading Materials *

Student Agency, Goals-Setting, and Fostering Student Ownership of Blended and Personalized Learning
Dr. Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Transition
11 – 11:10 a.m.

Leadership for Change: Developing Effective Engagement of Families and Communities
Andrés Alonso
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.Link to Pre-Reading Materials *

Engaging Teacher Leadership to Drive School Improvement
Sarah Fiarman
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Link to Pre-Reading Materials *

Student Agency, Goals-Setting, and Fostering Student Ownership of Blended and Personalized Learning
Dr. Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer
11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Lunch
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Symposium Solutions
1:20 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

The Innovator’s Mindset
Closing Keynote: George Couros
2:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m.

Conference Adjournment
3:45 p.m.

* The password for Pre-Reading Materials will be sent by email 1/25/17.

Last year’s symposium emphasized campus-to-community partnerships. Conference sessions covering leadership development, family engagement and campus branding prepared school leaders to develop impactful campus community relations.

Participants made the trip from their public school campuses to the Texas State Capitol where they met face-to-face with their legislators. The remainder of the 3-day symposium was chock-full of sessions featuring some of the most renowned leaders in the world of public education today.

Meet Our Regional Directors

Have you met your regional director? These men and women help us maintain connections with our alums in every Texas region and serve as facilitators during the Leadership Symposium.