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Navigating Change: The Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Education

Equip you and your team with strategies to tackle your toughest and most entrenched challenges, and revamp your educational systems to propel students and staff toward their potential and beyond.

Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Managing Partner, Center for Model Schools

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This cohort is brought to you in partnership by RocketPD and the Center for Model Schools, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Overview

District and school leaders have honed their skills in technical leadership, efficiently resolving straightforward problems using existing resources. However, in a dynamic educational landscape where the needs of students and educators continually evolve, this approach, while valuable, should be multifaceted.

Join former school superintendent and Managing Partner at the Center for Model Schools, Dr. Joshua P. Starr, in this five-session cohort as he encourages your leadership team to embrace an asset-based approach to leadership. Unlike technical leadership, which addresses straightforward issues, adaptive leadership focuses on navigating complexity and uncertainty. It requires innovation and openness to change, and reimagining organizational systems and processes to effectively meet their needs.

Don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate with Model Schools nationwide as Dr. Starr guides you and your team through a research-based process. Learn how to gather feedback, initiate change, monitor and adjust your approach over time, scale your successes, and develop future leaders to sustain your vision.

Dates

Weekly Tuesdays, starting in February, 2025

Cost

$495 per person
(discounts available for teams)

Who should attend

District and school leaders focused on driving a transformational teaching and learning agenda; superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers, building principals, curriculum directors

Meet your instructor

Dr. Joshua P. Starr believes all students should have the ability to learn at high levels in safe, supportive, and equitable schools. As managing partner of The Center for Model Schools, Starr aims to be a source of strength and learning for teachers and school and system leaders as they advance equity and excellence agendas in their schools and districts. Before joining The Center, Starr served as CEO of PDK International, one of the oldest professional membership organizations for educators. During his time at PDK, he led the expansion and implementation of Educators Rising, a national program that inspires high school students to become educators. Prior to joining PDK, Josh was superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland for four years, and superintendent of Stamford, Connecticut schools for six years. As a superintendent, Josh led system-wide transformation efforts grounded in equity, excellence, and engagement. He is the author of Equity-Based Leadership: Leveraging Complexity to Transform School Systems.

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The experience

Join former school superintendent and Center for Model School Managing Partner Dr. Joshua P. Starr for a collaborative, practical and action-oriented virtual cohort-based learning experience.

90-min. live interactive video sessions

Engage with Dr. Joshua Starr and school district colleagues from around the world via a series of (5) live, 90-min. virtual learning sessions, conducted online via Zoom, featuring discussion, interactive polls, breakout sessions & more.

Access to the RocketPD Learning Portal

Access session recordings and related practical learning resources, including tools, learning guides and discussion boards, via your own password-protected learning portal.

Plus, our downloadable guide: Leveraging the Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Schools

You’ll also receive a shareable PDF of our guide on adaptive change leadership in schools.

The outcomes

K-12 school leaders and their teams will come away from this guided journey equipped with a robust framework to develop and sustain:

  1. A compelling vision and a well-aligned strategy for transformation
  2. A culture of collaboration and dedication that encourages involvement among leaders, educators, students, and families
  3. Collective accountability for supporting healthy, secure, and nurturing learning environments
  4. Avenues for continuous learning and development through best-in-class assessments, curriculum, and teaching practices

The sessions

Session #1

February 11, 2025 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST)

Proactively gather insight & feedback

  • Create context for transformational leadership
  • Develop a system and a process for community feedback
  • Use multiple sources of district and school data to address critical needs
Session #2

February 18, 2025 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST)

Launching change-based initiatives

  • Vision & strategy: Craft ‘the story’ of your vision
  • Culture: Foster buy-in and relationships through reflective practices
  • Teaching & learning: cultivate a focus on the classroom
Session #3

February 25, 2025 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST)

Monitoring and adjusting your approach

  • Vision & strategy: Assess progress toward your vision
  • Culture: Measure the impact of key relationships
  • Teaching & learning: Gauge the impact of your instruction
Session #4

March 4, 2025 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST)

Scaling your success

  • Vision & strategy: Establish systems to accelerate change
  • Culture: Sustain transformational relationships
  • Teaching & learning: Build a high-performing instructional leadership team
Session #5

March 11, 2025 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EST (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM PST)

Leadership development in a world of constant change

  • The power of transformational leadership networks
  • Launching your principal’s academy
  • Launching an aspiring leaders academy

Packed with benefits

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Expert-led

Connect live with top people, on topics you care about

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Collaborative

Join colleagues from other schools for lively discussions

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Mobile app

Create flexibility & learn on your time with our mobile app

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Recorded sessions

Never miss a beat with available recordings (for 30 days)

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Certificates of completion

Get credit for your hard work with personalized certificates

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Individual

$495

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

Plus, the Adaptive Leadership Guide (free)

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

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Team of 5

$480

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

Plus, the Adaptive Leadership Guide (free)

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

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Team of 10

$465

per person

Access to (5) live 90-min. sessions

Practical action items

Plus, the Adaptive Leadership Guide (free)

Access to the RocketPD Portal (recordings)

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Frequently asked questions

What is Navigating Change: The Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Education— and how can it help?

Created as part of a strategic partnership with the Center for Model Schools, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and RocketPD, Navigating Change: The Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Education, features a framework that school district and school building leaders can use to move from a mindset of technical leadership to a mindset and a process for adaptive leadership in their schools.

Led by former school superintendent, author and Center for Model School Managing Partner Dr. Joshua P. Starr, the program is designed to lead school leaders and their district and site-level teams through an actionable framework for adaptive leadership that includes: gathering feedback & insights, launching change-based initiatives, monitoring & adjusting your approach, scaling your success and developing future leaders to secure your vision.

The the program features (5) virtual, 90-min. sessions, all over Zoom and teams are encouraged to attend.

Why do this as part of a cohort?

The live-virtual cohort experience is designed to give school district leaders an actionable, affordable and convenient way to facilitate difficult but necessary strategic conversations and initiatives at a time when schools and school communities face both intense initiative fatigue and competing distractions. Scheduled live-virtual sessions ensure that participating educators have an opportunity to collaborate with the instructor and with colleagues from around the world. Though live attendance is highly encouraged, the sessions are recorded and made available for a limited time via our secure learning portal, in the rare event that you (or a member of your team) has to miss a session.

What’s included in this program?

Delivered over five weeks, the program includes (5) expert-led scheduled structured learning conversations, delivered virtually over Zoom and led by former superintendent and the Center for Model Schools Managing Partner Joshua P. Starr. Plus, password-protected access to the RocketPD Learning Portal, where participants can access recording and other resources as directed. Upon completion, all attendees receive a personalized certificate of completion with the number of learning hours printed on it.

Who should participate?

Navigating Change: The Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Education is an (5)-session (90 minutes each) collaborative professional-learning experience for district and school leaders focused on driving a transformational teaching and learning agenda; superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers, building principals, curriculum directors.

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How will this help my team?

The cohort experience provides a unique opportunity for school district leadership and their staff teams to have candid conversations with former superintendent and the Center for Model Schools Managing Partner Joshua P. Starr. Unlike one-off seminars and keynote speeches, the live-virtual cohort model provides a clear opportunity for change and the basis for a framework that school leaders can use to create stronger, more supportive learning environments.

What is the schedule?

This (5)-session cohort-based experience will take place between February and March 2025. View the full schedule, including session dates and time above. If you want to participate in this cohort, but the dates and times do not work for your schedule, keep in mind that, while live participation is always encouraged, the sessions are recorded and accessible via the RocketPD Learning Portal for a limited time. If you have a large team (10 or more), reach out using the form below to inquire about large group pricing discounts.

How can I participate?

If you’re interested in joining the Navigating Change: The Power of Adaptive Leadership in K-12 Education cohort, save your spot now by following the button on this page. Once you sign up, you’ll receive more information about the program, including payment and invoicing details. You’ll also receive a detailed follow-up email with information about your cohort, including scheduled session dates and times as well as calendar invitations as the event gets closer. Should you have questions at any time throughout the process, you’ll receive the phone and email of our project coordinator to ensure a positive experience.

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