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Understanding Effective Leadership and School Systems Conference – Newark, New Jersey

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  •  March 21, 2018 - March 22, 2018
     8:15 am - 2:45 pm

International School Leadership in Partnership with Center Educational Consulting


Hybrid Delivery: 2-Day Onsite Conference; 6-hours Online

Onsite Wednesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 22, 2018

8:15 AM – 2:45 PM


Online March 24 to April 24, 2018

Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center

230 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104


Professional Learning for Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents and other School District and Charter Management Leaders and School Board Members

“Think ‘system’ and not ‘individual school’ if the goal is to fundamentally change the culture of schools.” Dr. Michael Fullan

Module 1: Leadership for System Improvement

Participants will understand school-level leadership; and examine practices of an effective school leader for 21st century teaching and learning using international school leadership frameworks and research;

Will understand system-level leadership required to support schools; examine system-level leadership frameworks and research; and explore the roles in terms of processes, providing and aligning resources, developing leadership capacity and ensuring productive relationships.

Will collectively apply their new knowledge to develop a draft system-level leadership framework by reflecting on the literature and other frameworks.

Module 2: Effective School Systems

Participants will understand the characteristics of effective schools and the supporting research; and review frameworks for the analysis and support of schools.

Participants will understand the characteristics of effective systems and practices that support 21st century teaching and learning in schools; examine the potential impact of PISA results; and probe levers for change.

Participants will collectively apply their new knowledge to develop a draft system-level effectiveness framework by reflecting on the literature and other frameworks.

Your Instructors

Mitch Center

Mitch has spent the past 20+ years working in a variety of roles in the field of education, in both district and charter schools. He began his career in the field as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in 1996, and worked as a teacher, camp director, VP, principal and coach before joining Newark Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent in 2012. In that role Mitch coached and supported 18 school leaders who lead pre-K-8th grade schools across the city of Newark, New Jersey.

In the summer of 2016 he launched Center Educational Consulting where he continues to support schools, districts and education organizations with communication, leadership development and school turnaround strategies. As a father of school age kids, and as someone who has visited hundreds of classrooms and schools, he believes deeply that all great schools have one thing in common: outstanding adults who make magic for the kids they serve.

Paul Tufts

A demonstrated leader with 34 years of service in the education sector, Paul is committed to leading with integrity and modeling a balanced approach to life while serving and inspiring others to realize their full potential.

Paul worked for 31 years with a large school board in Ontario. His roles included teacher, vice-principal and principal in the secondary panel, as well as Superintendent of Education for the final six years, bridging the elementary and secondary panels. Within these various roles, Paul has worked in rural and urban areas, and in schools of all sizes.

Currently, Paul is the Principal of Rosedale Academy – an innovative Toronto-based international school that develops and delivers the Ontario secondary school curriculum to Canadian students (online) and to Chinese students (in partnership with schools in China.).

In November 2016, Paul completed a two-year term working as an Education Advisor for a private education service provider in Malaysia. His responsibilities included: developing a team of education partners to work effectively within the schools; providing consulting services to school leaders and teachers to improve school standards; and serving as a coach and mentor to school leaders and teachers to develop their practices, skills and knowledge of effective pedagogy.


Registration Fee:    $700  USD

Fee covers program, snacks and lunch.

Deadline for Registration: February 22, 2018