Professional Learning Archive

Learn with Dr. Bill Daggett

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Creating a Culture to Restore Balance to Our Schools While Preparing Students for Their Future

Audience: Central administration, building principals, and instructional leaders

Description: Several national reports have been released about the skills, knowledge, and attributes that our students will need in the immediate future to be successful in a progressively information-based and technology-driven society and workplace. At the same time classroom teachers, school nurses, counselors, principals, central administration, and superintendents are finding it very difficult to set their focus on the future needs of our students due to the multiple challenges they are facing in the wake of the pandemic. The levels of stress and burnout among educators, students and the entire school community is unprecedented. The sentiment of “please do not give me one more thing to do or to think about” is commonly heard by educators and completely understandable, as is the desire to get back to “normal.” How is it in any way reasonable to contemplate planning for the future during this time?

So how do school leaders provide the support and leadership to staff, boards, and communities to address both today’s daunting challenges while positioning their systems for future success? Dr. Daggett will shares what the nation’s most successful school districts have done to restore balance in their schools while simultaneously preparing students for the future, not our past.

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Bill Daggett Session 1

The Why, What & How for Transformational Redesign of Instruction and Assessment in the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Districts

Audience: Central administration and all instructional staff within the district

Dr. Daggett has been working with CAOs and other education leaders from across the country to review the effectiveness of instructional and assessment practices that are in place. The shared conclusion was that fundamental changes are needed because the outdated brick-and-mortar model of the last century continues to draw too much time and attention away from managing the demands of the present day. Teachers and administrators are physically and emotionally exhausted from grappling with pandemic-related challenges such as teacher and bus driver shortages, student performance at grade-level and the polarization within communities across the nation along political lines. The education leaders that Dr. Daggett has been working with have studied the nation’s most rapidly improving districts and have analyzed how they have implemented instructional and assessment practices that balance today’s challenges with their mission to provide students with the skills, attributes and dispositions that will position them for success in the rapidly changing information- and technology-driven workplace and society of tomorrow. Dr. Daggett will share many helpful examples of instructional and assessment practices being used in these districts.

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Preparing ALL Students to Be Career and Life Ready

Audience: Central administration, building principals, and instructional leaders

As long as we keep our focus on preparing students for the next test, the next grade, and the next level of education, we will continue to focus on skills that have increasingly less relevance in this rapidly changing society. In today’s world, lifelong learning and adaptability are necessary to achieve success in one’s life and career. Taking some focus off of the test and primarily academic skills requires courage and a strategic shift in the way systems and instruction works. Having studied schools that have taken such decisive action, Dr. Daggett will share how you, too, can define and close the gap between what your students need for tomorrow and what your school is providing today. It can be done!

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Dr. Bill Daggett

Dr. Bill Daggett
Founder of both the Successful Practices Network and the International Center for Leadership in Education

Bill Daggett, Ed.D., is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. For 30 years, he has crisscrossed our nation, as well as the industrialized world, to lead school reform efforts to effectively prepare students for their future.

While an avid supporter of public education, he also challenges all of us to be more focused on our children's future than on maintaining the schools of our youth. His insights and leadership have caused nearly every major education association in the country, hundreds of school districts, numerous political and business leaders, publishers, and others to seek out his advice and guidance.

Dr. Daggett began his career as a teacher, local administrator, and then director with the New York State Education Department. He spends much of his time providing leadership and guidance to the National Dropout Prevention Center and the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center, which are part of the Successful Practices Network.

He is the creator of the Rigor/Relevance Framework which has recently become the cornerstone of much of the nation's school reform efforts. He is also the author of numerous books about learning and education, textbooks, research reports, and journal articles.

Dr. Daggett has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both Temple University and the State University at Albany.

Dr. Daggett has a special commitment to individuals with disabilities. He and his wife, Bonnie, volunteer their time and lend their support to Wildwood Programs in upstate New York. Wildwood serves the needs of people of all ages who, like their daughter Audrey, have neurological impairments/learning disabilities or autism, by enabling them to become the best that they can be.