Welcome to the CONVERSATION. Former Harvard Professor and renowned school leadership author ROLAND BARTH will be present for personal interactions throughout the Conference, November 6, 7, and 8, 2013.

INPC Essential Questions Learning Topics

*We will discuss  how the presence or absence of feedback loop conversations may impact school organizational planning, implementation of ideas,  and evaluation.

OPEN SPACE SESSIONS
We will provide time for role-alike groups and target topics to be explored in more detail.

TABLE TOP SESSIONS
We will provide time for those who wish to share "Best Practices" to have an audience to introduce their topic to target audience participants.

MEALS
Wednesday's and Friday's lunches will be buffets and/or plated. Thursday's lunch will be a box lunch with ample time for you to go off and eat with the colleagues of your choosing and also choose your own location/indoors/outdoors/beach/pool.  Thursday late afternoon we are having a poolside get together with substantial appetizers.



Essential Questions

ARE ALL CONVERSATIONS CREATED EQUAL?
*We're going to talk about conversations that don't go anywhere vs. conversations that might make a difference; explore tell-tale signs of time-wasters or "It's all about me conversations, and weigh those against conversations that will seek ideas, solutions, and make a difference for students, staff and community, and we will invent creative ways to "shift" the conversations from meaningless to meaningful without insulting the participants.

HOW CAN LEADERS DEVELOP A SCHOOL CULTURE OF CONVERSATION?
*We're going to explore the idea of conversations that support learning, inquiry, and growth through a smooth exchange of information, collaborative building of ideas, and giving and receiving thoughtful feedback. We will learn to recognize characteristics of generative and non-generative conversations and ways to incorporate them into our repertoire when conversing with our staff and constituents ....

HOW DO YOUR VALUES AND USE OF DATA DRIVE STUDENT OUTCOMES AND TEACHER LEARNING?
We will be guided through a facilitated exercise based on InTASC Standard 9: "Professional Learning and Ethical Practice" to help you discover how your personal values align with your professional values and the choices you make as an educator. We will learn about looking at data to guide professional learning and positively impact student outcomes. The "Connections" protocol (National School Reform Faculty) will be used to guide the conversation.

WHAT FACTORS RELATED TO CONVERSATION AFFECT SCHOOL CULTURE AND ULTIMATELY CAN ESCALATE SUCCESS OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS?
*We will review four models of how the leader gets to decide who gets to decide. *We will review furniture arrangements and indoor and outdoor environments, in school and out of school environments and how they may impact productive conversations. *We will use a communications survey to self-assess starting points for participants.