Scaling Up Student Success 2012

Join superintendents and other education leaders for an interactive day focused on improving student outcomes, effectively tying teaching to learning, and fundamentally scaling up the effective management of schools districtwide.

At Scaling Up Student Success you’ll dialogue with keynote speakers, experts, and colleagues while enjoying an interactive forum designed to help you make smart decisions in 2012 and beyond.

Featured Speakers:

author, Failure Is Not an Option and The Answer Is in the Room, and president, The Hope Foundation
Alan M. Blankstein
Author, Failure Is Not an Option® and
The Answer Is in the Room,
and President, The HOPE Foundation
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senior partner and founder, November Learning
Alan November
Senior Partner and Founder,
November Learning
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You will be energized by practical solutions to issues you face every day:

  • Using technology to maximize teacher PD and student engagement
  • Organizing a “deep dive” into common standards and developing new curriculum
  • Meeting state and federal demands for student progress
  • Identifying the data that matters for improving achievement

See the full agenda for Jersey City and Columbus.

A Day-Long Interactive Forum for Education Leaders. Register today.

Alan M. Blankstein
Author, Failure Is Not an Option and The Answer Is in the Room,
and President, The HOPE Foundation

Alan M. Blankstein is the founder and president of the HOPE Foundation (Harnessing Optimism and Potential through Education), a not-for-profit organization whose honorary chair is the Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The HOPE Foundation has a more than decade-long track record of helping leaders create school cultures in which “failure is not an option” for any student.

Blankstein launched the “professional learning communities” movement through HOPE, first by bringing W. Edwards Deming and, later, Peter Senge into the educational arena, and then by publishing seminal works on the topic through Solution Tree, which he founded in 1987 and directed for 12 years. His Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles that Guide Student Achievement in High Performing Schools won the National Staff Development Council’s Book of the Year award. With more than 300,000 copies in circulation, it is now the gold standard in creating and sustaining learning communities.

Blankstein also is the publisher of four Failure Is Not an Option® (FNO) video series and, with Paul Houston, is senior editor of the 13-volume The Soul of Educational Leadership series. His most recent publication, The Answer is in the Room: How Effective Schools Scale Student Success has met with international acclaim. In addition, he has delivered keynote addresses throughout the United Kingdom, South Africa, the Middle East, and Canada, as well as for virtually every major education organization in the United States.

A former “high risk” youth, Blankstein began his career in education as a music teacher and has worked since 1983 in such youth-serving and educational organizations as the March of Dimes, Phi Delta Kappa. He has served on the Harvard International Principals’ Center’s advisory board, as a board member for the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, as co-chair of Indiana University’s Neal Marshall Black Culture Center’s Community Network, and as adviser to the Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence (FASE) mentoring program. He also served as a trustee of the Jewish Child Care Agency, where he was once a youth in residence.

Alan November
Senior Partner and Founder, November Learning

Alan November, an international leader in education technology, began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While November was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass., he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project online in 1984—a database for people with disabilities. He has been the director of an alternative high school, a computer coordinator, a technology consultant, and a university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments, and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy November’s wit and humor as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across the curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building, and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada, and throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and Central America.

November was named one of the nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech & Learning magazine. In 2001, he was listed as one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007, he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students With Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. November co-founded the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Jersey City, NJ April 2, 2012
Columbus, OH April 16, 2012