Symposium of Women Educational Leaders
Mar 31 all-day
Symposium of Women Educational Leaders @ Common Man Inn & Spa

Featured Keynote Speakers:

  • Jennifer Berkshire, co-author of The Wolf at the School House Door- “A Careful Look at School Funding and Equity”
  • Dr. Gracie Branch-Associate Executive Director for Professional Learning at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)- “Leadership Development and Mentoring of School Administrators”
  • Valerie Truesdale– Assistant Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)- “Women in the Leadership Pipeline”
  • Jennie Weiner– University of Connecticut Neag School of Education – “Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Educational Leadership”


Breakout sessions:

  • Assessing Work/Life Balance and Mental Health Needs of Women Leaders
  • Negotiation Strategies for Women
  • Women Talk Money: A Guide to Financial Wellness, for Women by Women
  • Lifting Up Inclusivity: Who Is Sitting at the Head Table?


Event Sponsors:

  • New Hampshire School Administrators Association (NHSAA)
  • New Hampshire School Board Association (NHSBA)
  • New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators (NHASEA)
  • New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NHASCD)
  • New Hampshire Association of School Business Officials (NHASBO)

Discounted Room Block information for March 30, 2023, will be available soon.

Stay tuned for more details about this event in January 2023! 


Creating an Effective School Profile: Implications for School Leaders, Teachers, and Instructional Coaches with Steve Ventura
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Creating an Effective School Profile: Implications for School Leaders, Teachers, and Instructional Coaches

Great schools move from islands of excellence to systematic impact with high levels of collective efficacy and commitment. It would seem obvious that the more we focus on the things that matter most, the more we can improve. High-quality implementation also has a qualitative component. Teachers implement best when they are prepared, when they are clear, and when they teach with enthusiasm.
Schools attempting to reform should commit to deeply implementing just two or three changes and finish those before launching other initiatives. This approach is more effective than the superficial implementation of a wide variety of strategies because deep, consistent implementation will predictably narrow achievement gaps. When educational organizations determine the most important practices and commit to sustaining those practices, costs will actually decrease because of better-informed resource allocation and a drastic reduction in student failures. At the same time, they will be implementing a culture of collective teacher efficacy.
In this highly interactive and engaging keynote, participants will examine the most contemporary research available on specific teacher and leadership behaviors that have the greatest influence on student achievement. This involves promoting and participating in teacher learning and development and fostering effective instructional coaching.

Breakout Session

Shifting from Planners of Instruction to Designers of Engaging Learning Experiences

Planning for high-impact instruction plays a significant role in facilitating, improving, and promoting student growth. When educators act with agency, school leaders, teachers, and instructional coaches create practices that significantly improve student outcomes. This includes lofty expectations for all students, a laser-like focus on instructional planning, promoting and participating in teacher learning, and creating the conditions that advance collective teacher efficacy. In this highly interactive and engaging session, participants will learn practices that can considerably accelerate student learning, including the use of an Engagement Rigor Matrix combined with 25 research-based instructional strategies. This session includes additional resources and tools that are available via QR codes.

About the Presenter

Steve Ventura is the president and lead consultant at Advanced Collaborative Solutions. He is a highly motivational and knowledgeable speaker who approaches high-stakes professional development armed with practical, research-based strategies. Steve is a former elementary and secondary teacher as well as both a school and district-level administrator. Steve has published multiple books and articles, and regularly presents and keynotes at major global education events.
De-Implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works featuring Peter DeWitt
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

When it comes to school initiatives, more isn’t always better.

Today’s educators are buried under old practices, new ideas, and recommended initiatives. The problem? With such an abundance of strategies, it’s hard to recognize what, if anything, is working.

Before you’re tempted to add just one more idea to the pile, take a step back—and an objective look—so that you, central office leaders, building leaders, and teachers can decide which practices to keep, which to modify, and which to eliminate altogether.

Ineffective practices don’t just waste teacher time; they can have a catastrophic impact on student progress. Use de-implementation to shine a light on the path forward—one where teachers can focus on what works, and students can focus on learning.

More information will be available in the near future.