“Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school."
That is why the Nevada Department of Education (NDE) is offering a unique professional development opportunity to leaders of Nevada’s most underperforming schools. The Leadership Network is part of the State’s overall system of support for struggling schools. It is designed to strengthen the essential skills and competencies of leaders in our neediest schools.
Who Is Eligible to Attend?
Principals of 1 or 2 star schools plus a second leadership team member are eligible to attend. The Network also welcomes district leadership from any of Nevada’s 17 school districts.
What is the Purpose of the Network?
In the spring of 2015, the Nevada Department of Education (NDE), along with external stakeholders, developed Nevada’s Theory of Action in an effort to improve and support underperforming schools with a structured diagnostic and planning process. The Theory of Action focuses on three priority areas: School Leadership, Tier 1 instruction that is aligned to state standards, and developing a system of Professional Learning Communities that will encourage administrators and teachers to analyze and use data to strengthen instruction.
The Network will empower Principals to strengthen their own leadership abilities in order to create a Professional Learning Community culture on their campuses. The goal is two-fold: 1) strengthen Leadership capacity to implement the Theory of Action elements, and 2) to create a collaborative Network between multiple district Principals for problem-solving, sharing of ideas, and support.
When Will the Network Meet?
The Leadership Network will meet for a two-day kickoff experience in June 2016, and then three additional days throughout the year:
• November 3, 2016
• January 25, 2017
• April 4, 2017
Between workshops, NDE will support leaders in implementing the strategies that are introduced in each workshop and to assist in developing a network of support between counties and schools.
Dr. Eric Twadell, current Superintendent of Adlai Stevenson High School, will facilitate this learning opportunity for Network Leaders. The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has described Stevenson High School as, “the most recognized and celebrated school in America.” Additionally, Stevenson High School is one of only three schools to win the USDOE Blue Ribbon Award on four occasions, as well as one of the first comprehensive schools designated by the USDOE as a New American High School and is recognized as a model of successful school reform. Also, Stevenson is repeatedly cited as one of America’s top high schools and the “birthplace” of the Professional Learning Communities at Work™ process.
Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Karen Seashore Louis, Kenneth Leithwood, Stephen E. Anderson, Investigating the Links to Improved Student Learning: Executive Summary of Research Findings. The Wallace Foundation (2010).