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Fall 2018 Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 18th, 2018 McKimmon Center, Raleigh
THE POWER OF ONE: ONE STORY, ONE VISION, ONE ACTION

QUOTES:
The mandate was clear. Write about one thing at a time. One good idea, clearly and convincingly presented, was better than a dozen so-so ideas strung together. When we obeyed that rule, our essays were stronger. When we ignored it, they were not as powerful as they could have been. ~ Michael Masterson, speaking on the “power of one” in writing and advertising

The power of one may be viewed through a strategy lens. Strategy is about focus and uniqueness. It involves choices, and in every situation, trade-offs must be weighed and priorities determined.Ming-Jer Chen, “Case in Point: Using the Power of ‘One’ as a Business Practice”, Washington Post https://wapo.st/2AdwZu6

Essential Questions
  • What A+ story do I have to tell and how am I telling it and to whom?
  • How can I help my school community to share in one vision of a creative and engaging teaching and learning experience?
  • What is one action I can take personally to help strengthen A+ implementation at my school from wherever it is now?


View the Agenda

View the Power of One Slide Show

View the Leadership Update Slides

View the Unconference Slides

View the Partner Share Slides

View the Handouts
1.Liaison Assignments and PD Options

2.A Sampling of Your Reflections

Spring 2018 Regional A+ Leadership Meetings

April 12th, 2018 at Scotts Elementary and April 17th, 2018 at Mary McArthur Elementary

BETTER NETWORKING: THE COMMUNICATION QUOTIENT

QUOTES:
The art of communication is the language of leadership. - James Humes

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. -John Marshall


Essential Questions
  • What is my communication style and how does my school community communicate?
  • How can effective communication impact the creative culture at my school?
  • How might strengthening our communication skills also strengthen the capacity and sustainability of our network?
View the Agenda

View the Powerpoint Slides

View the Handouts:
1. Seven Levels of Listening

2. Notes on Listening

3. "Listening is the Secret Weapon of Leaders" Article

4. Effective Listening for Leadership

5. "Abundant and Prosperous Communication" Article

6. ESSA and the Arts Document

7. A+ LiveBinder Walkthrough

Fall 2017 Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 19, 2017
McKimmon Center, Raleigh

THE POWER OF THE NETWORK: STRENGTHENING A+ CULTURE THROUGH SHARED PRACTICE

QUOTES:
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are,
you need one. —Jane Howard


Networking is more about ‘farming’ than it is about ‘hunting’– it’s about planting seeds and cultivating relationships with the people you know. —Ivan Misner

Essential Questions
  • How can the A+ Network support the strengthening of creative culture at my school?
  • How can sharing successful practices help to develop the quality of each unique A+ school?
  • How can we create purposeful and intentional networking across our schools?

View the Agenda

Bingo Introductions

Fall Art Collection Instructions

Poem for Two Voices Structure Used for Closing




Spring 2017 Regional A+ Leadership Meetings

March 21, 2017 at Davenport Elementary
March 23, 2017 at Wendell Elementary
FORWARD GROWTH AND FAILING FORWARD: EXPLORING THE DISCIPLINES OF A LEARNING ORGANIZATION

QUOTES:
  • Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. ~John F. Kennedy
  • The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. ~Vince Lombardi

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How are we growing forward and using failures as opportunities for learning and growth?
  • How are we working as learning organizations to ensure the success and sustainability of A+ at both the school and Network level?
  • How do our personal visions impact our leadership capacity?


View the Agenda
View the Powerpoint Slides




Fall 2016 Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 13, 2017
McKimmon Center, Raleigh
DESIGNING A+: ENGINEERING YOUR CREATIVE A+ SCHOOL

QUOTES:
  • Experimentation. Wayfinding. Prototyping. Constant iteration. ~From Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Dave Evans and Bill Burnett
  • Today you hear people talk about ‘thinking outside the box.’ But Walt would say, ‘No! Don’t think outside the box! Once you say that, you’ve established that there is a box.’ Walt would refuse to accept the existence of the box. ~Disney historian Jim Korkis from How to Be Like Walt: Capturing the Disney Magic Every Day of Your Life, Pat Williams & James Denney

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How are we maintaining a growth mindset as we continue to design and grow our A+ schools?
  • How can the design process help us to deepen our creative quality?
  • How will we continue to engineer transformation that creates positive impact for our students and community?
View the Agenda

View the Powerpoint Slides




Spring 2016 Regional A+ Leadership Meetings

April 12, 2016 at Meadow View Elementary
April 14, 2016 at University Park Elementary
TWENTY YEARS OF A+: REFLECTING, RETHINKING AND RE-TOOLING FOR TWENTY MORE

QUOTES:
  • Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ~John D. Rockefeller
  • Success is never owned, it’s rented. And the rent is due every day. ~Anonymous

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • As we reflect on twenty years, what A+ processes and practices might need re-thinking?
  • How does each school’s growth and success support broader A+ sustainability?
View the Agenda

View the Powerpoint Slides




Fall 2015 Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 8, 2015
Durham Convention Center, Durham
CELEBRATE ˜ SHARE ˜ THINK FORWARD ˜ INSPIRE ACTION

QUOTE: You can't force commitment, what you can do... You nudge a little here, inspire a little there, and provide a role model. Your primary influence is the environment you create. ~ Peter Senge

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How do we value and celebrate the importance of A+ practice and philosophy?
  • How can we cultivate deeper connections by sharing innovative practice with our colleagues?
  • How are we thinking forward to plan for integration, collaboration and creative school culture?
  • How will we work to inspire others within and outside of our school community to take action towards the vision of a complete education that includes the arts for every student?

ACCESSING THE A+/ VIF GLOBAL ARTS MODULES
For Principals

For Teachers

View the PPT

View the Agenda

View Article from meeting

Liaison School Assignments




Spring 2015

Regional A+ Leadership Meetings

March 17, 2015 Oaks Road Elementary,
New Bern
March 19, 2015 Black Mountain Primary, Black Mountain

TRANSFORMA+ION: LEADING YOUR CREATIVE A+ SCHOOL


QUOTES:
  • If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • People don’t resist change…they resist being changed. Consistently invite others to co-create the world you share with them. ~Sam Chaltain, American Schools

Essential Questions for the Day::
  • How has A+ helped you to transform your school?
  • What are the unique celebrations and challenges of leading a creative A+ school?
  • How do we lead our community through change, assessing our success, continuing to push forward through on-going transformation?

Michelle Burrows with Updates and News

Carolyn Florence, 2015 A+ Educator or the Year - Sum Hullabaloo

View the PPT

View the East and West Agendas


View Documents from the Meeting





Fall 2014

Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 7, 2014
McKimmon Center, NCSU

The heART of A+: Embedding and Sustaining A+ Practice

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How are our school’s mission, vision and values getting to the heART of A+?
  • How does creative leadership support positive growth and creative culture?
  • How is each of us at the heART of what makes the A+ Schools Program successful and
sustainable?

Michelle Burrows with Network Updates
Hi Tech High Video on Making Student Work Public
Amy Cruz from Reynolds HS on Curating Your School
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View the Agenda




Spring 2014

Regional A+ Leadership Meetings

March 18, 2014
ECU, Greenville

March 20, 2014
ArtSpace Charter, Swananoa

Arts Research & Best Practices by Age Band
iew the PPT

View Documents from the Meeting





Fall 2013

Statewide A+ Leadership Meeting

October 10, 2013
Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
ENVISIONING AND SUSTAINING CREATIVE A+ CULTURE

Quote: Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. ~ Edward de Bono

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How are we crafting our A+ vision and why is this important?
  • How does creative leadership support positive growth and collaborative culture?
  • How are we building collective impact in our schools, in the A+ community and across the nation?

Michelle Burrows - Transforming School Culture
Brenda Whiteman - 2012 A+ Survey Results
Banu Valladares - NCDCR Arts in Education
Kristen Terry - Creating an inviting school environment
Upcoming Network Dates
Tenative 2014 Summer Trainings

View the Meeting PPT

View the Meeting Agenda


Meeting Materials

From Brenda Whiteman




From Kristen Terry (Bugg Elementary)

Prezi - Examine the Possibilities
Smilebox - How Can a Bulletin Board be Transformative?

From Banu Valladares (NC Arts Council)

NC Arts Council: Arts in Education



Spring 2013

A+ Principals & Coordinators Retreats

April 16 & 18
R.N. Harris Elementary, Durham
Claxton Elementary, Asheville
KEEPING TO THE ROAD AMIDST A CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Quote: Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” ~Charles Lindbergh

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How do all the changes in the educational landscape impact our school and how can our A+ practice help us to “keep to the road” in the midst of change?
  • How is A+ philosophy and practice helping us as we design a landscape of creative learning?
  • How can we develop a roadmap for assessing ourselves, determining our pressing needs and continuing to drive ourselves forward as an A+ School?

Considering Creative Leadership with Michelle Burrows
Art as Complex Text with Brenda Whiteman
Talking about Title 1 Funding and the Arts
View the Agenda

Documents from the Meeting:



Title 1 Funding & the Arts

ANIMALIA
Interview with Graeme Base
Common Core & Academic Vocabulary



Fall 2012

A+ Principal and Coordinator's Retreat

September 18, 2012
McKimmon Center, NCSU

GROWING THE A+ GARDEN: CULTIVATING A+ COMMITMENT

Quote: We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. ~ Abraham Lincoln

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How is our A+ garden growing?
  • What do we need in order to cultivate our A+ vision and commitment?
  • How do we plan strategically to expand our A+ gardens?
View the PPT

View the Agenda

Document from the Meeting




Spring 2012

Principals & Coordinators Retreats

March 22, 2012
Bugg Elementary, Raleigh
March 27, 2012
Saluda Elementary, Saluda
GROWING THE A+ GARDEN: CULTIVATING A+ COMMITMENT

Quotes:
  • What is a weed? A plant whose virtue have never been discovered. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. ~ Hugh Johnson

Essential Questions for the Day:
  • How is our A+ garden growing?
  • What do we need in order to cultivate our A+ vision and commitment?
  • How do we plan strategically to expand our A+ gardens?

DPI Alignment & Support
Curriculum
  • Read Standards carefully to determine Intent
  • Arts Education in the midst of change
  • Two-Way Integration
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Fall 2011

Principals & Coordinators Retreat

October 6, 2011
Cary Arts Center
A+ IN FOCUS: STRENGTHENING THE VISION

Quote: Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so you shall become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. ~James Allen

Essential Questions for the Day::
  • What is our current vision for A+ at our school and how are we continuing to grow towards becoming a distinguished A+ school?
  • How do we make re-visions to our A+ implementation in order to continue to make the connection between A+ essentials and new statewide and national educational trends?


Arts Education Crosswalks
Arts Education Unpacking Tools


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