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Spring 2017: San Francisco

Chief Academic
Officers Academy

Upcoming Cohort: Spring 2017 in San Francisco

Increased state and federal accountability systems have radically shifted the focus of schools and the role of educational leaders. While high standards for students are important, in and of themselves they don’t guarantee student success. Many students in fact are not succeeding. Schools have not changed enough to meet increased expectations. We continue to see that the preparation and professional development for school leaders is outdated and based conditions that no longer exist. Before we can redesign schools, we must redesign the systems and programs that prepare our educational leaders and teachers.

Session 1: February 23-24, 2017
Session 2: March 23-24, 2017
Session 3: April 27-28, 2017
Session 4: May 18-19, 2017
Session 5: June 22-23, 2017

Academy Topics

The National CAO Academy curriculum will be a coherent program with all elements focused on preparing aspiring and novice CAOs who want to help build accountable, high-performing school systems. The following sessions will be provided in the upcoming Spring 2017 Cohort in San Francisco.

Session 1
February 23-24, 2017

Employing Meaningful Change and Accountability

  • Leadership is a shared responsibility distributed across an entire school system
  • Accountability for school improvement requires leadership structures with a collective focus on full and sustained implementation
  • Using structured processes and tools to review and analyze relevant data will improve decision making
  • All learning, including teachers learning of instructional practices, depends on changes in behavior that respond to precise and relevant feedback

Session 2
March 23-24, 2017

Collaboration and Partnerships Require Relationship Building

  • Connect to our learnings from Modules 1&2: Effective leadership skills and competencies
  • Engage in a book study: Leading Quietly
  • Gain understandings of collaborative leadership
  • Examine factors impacting collaborative relationships

Session 3
April 27-28, 2017

Evidence-Based Learning

  • Understand the relationship between improvement and learning
  • Examine models for the design of high quality instruction
  • Aligning curriculum and instruction to CCSS
  • Exploring the improvement of district curriculum

Session 4
May 18-19, 2017


Session 5
June 22-23, 2017