WRESA 2017-2018 Administrators’ Institute

All Sessions:  Time: 9:00-3:00      Location: WRESA

Lunch Break: 11:30-12:30       Cost:  $275 –All Five Sessions $75 – Per Individual Session                       

Schools may register for all five sessions and rotate attendees such that you send one from the school per session.

September 26, 2017           The Principal as Instructional Leader and Instructional Coach

Presenter:  Dr. Deborah Jones  retired principal and consultant “Be Ready To Lead”

Successful principals assume the duties of instructional leader and instructional coach to improve teacher and student performance.  They also clearly define and communicate the differences in these roles when evaluating their teachers by establishing expectations, procedures, and a timeline to perform the necessary tasks for each role.  Participants in this workshop will receive practical information, strategies, and tools to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge as instructional leaders and coaches. Principals will practice walkthrough observations by viewing video clips of teacher lessons.  Additional topics include:

  • Coaching vs. Evaluating Teachers
  • Job Descriptions and Instructional Leadership
  • Student Achievement Data
  • Walkthroughs and Feedback
  • Rigor: Instruction and Assessment
  • Analyzing Student Work Samples

Principals will leave the workshop with an outline of tasks and strategies to create a 45-Day Instructional Leadership/Coaching Plan that will improve instruction and student learning.   Note:  Participants should bring 1-2 examples of Math or English student work. 


October 17, 2017              Data Digs:  How and When to “Dig” with Purpose and Effectiveness

Presenter:        Dr. John Bryant, Associate Superintendent, Henderson County Public Schools

With seemingly infinite data sets available to schools and school leaders, it is often difficult to decide what data are most beneficial to consider at any given time.  This session will offer strategies and solutions for identifying, targeting, and analyzing data across situations and strategic objectives.  Focus will be given to EVAAS analysis, increasing student achievement, enhancing professional growth, and improving school culture.


November 28, 2017     The Principal’s Role in Shaping School Culture

Presenters: Dr. Jan King and Henderson County Principals

This session focuses on the school administrators’ influence on the creation of a positive, productive school culture. Facilitated by Dr. Jan King and a group of Henderson County principals representing the K-12 span, participants will explore strategies for creating consistent schoolwide expectations that foster engagement and school pride, developing strong professional teams that value discourse and continuous improvement, leading a digital learning culture, and empowering teacher leadership.


February 20, 2018      Managing Personnel:  A Comprehensive View

Presenters: Campbell and Shatley, PLLC, and Cynthia Lopez, HR Director, Buncombe County Schools

Managing personnel from bus drivers to teachers is not an easy task.  Understanding hourly employees and salaried employees, requirements set by law, and documenting issues that arise are all part of a principal’s job.  This session will focus on the legal obligations in the morning and guidelines from the human resources department in the afternoon.


March 20, 2018          Equity in Schools

Presenters: Dr. Jess Weiler, Assistant Professor & Program Director

Educational Leadership, WCU and Melissa Hedt,  Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Asheville City Schools

This session explores Integrated Comprehensive Services for Equity™ (ICS) adopted by 200+ school districts throughout the country and, recently, by the Asheville City School system in Asheville, NC. ICS is a framework supported by 45 years of research, intended to eliminate system-wide inequities to reduce the opportunity gap and advance achievement for all students, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized.  By the end of this session, participants will be able to: (1) identify the four cornerstones of ICS including, a focus on equity, aligning staff and students, transforming teaching and learning, and leveraging policy and funding, (2) understand the implementation process of ICS with Asheville City Schools as a case-study, and (3) identify leadership competencies for school and district leaders engaging in equity work.