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District Leadership That Works (TOSS/MCREL)

TOSS is pleased to partner with MCREL to bring District Leadership That Works to you and your district leadership team. 

We will convene on December 14-15 in the Ezell Center at Lipscomb University, with a third follow-up day in the spring. 


  • It is expected that the superintendent will attend and participate with the district leadership team.
  • The superintendent may attend as the sole participant from a district.
  • All materials and meals during meeting hours will be provided.
  • CEO and TASL credit will be awarded.
  • If this session fills up and there is sufficient interest, a summer cohort will be added.
  • December 14-15 will be led by Dr. Matt Seabaum, MCREL Senior Director, and Jay Harnack, Superintendent in Sublette County, WY.


Day 1: School District Leadership that Works: An Overview (December 14, 2016)

8:30am - 4:00pm CST

In this module, district leaders and their leadership teams are introduced to McREL’s meta-analysis of the strength of the relationship between leadership at the district level and student achievement. This research identified six leadership responsibilities, which, when fulfilled effectively, have been shown to have a positive impact on student achievement in the district. During the afternoon of this day, participants will work to connect district and school leadership responsibilities to student achievement. The findings from each of the studies are presented and the leadership responsibilities associated with improved student achievement at both levels compared, with an emphasis on how each set of findings (district and school level) is incorporated into The Balanced Leadership Framework.


Day 2: A Systems Perspective for District Level Leadership (December 15, 2016)

8:00am - 3:00pm CST

Effective school districts operate as an integrated system in order to support high-quality instruction and drive towards consistent high achievement in all of the schools and classrooms in a district. In this module, district leaders and leadership team members will study examples of complex social systems as they relate to the leadership responsibilities and practices. Session participants will also be introduced to the characteristics of High Reliability Organizations (HROs) and assess the operation of their district as a high performing school system. This session will culminate with a protocol and planning based on the research presented towards next steps for application of participant learning within their local contexts.

Earlier Event: December 7
TETC-TETA Pre-Conference
Later Event: January 5
Centralized Finance