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Schedule for 2014-2015

September 19, 2014

November 14, 2014

January 30, 2015

May 4, 2015

June 1, 2015


Speakers 2014-2015

Speakers 2012-2013

* Dr. Theodore Gilkey

* Drs. Laurie and Jon Andes

* Cindy Harrison

*  Ruth Malone

*  Dr. Steve Barone

*  Dr. Steve Barone

SPEAKERS 2006-2008
SPEAKERS 2005-2006
Professor Wyatt T. Coger                Session I:  September 22, 2005
  • Assistant Professor, Field Service and Professional Development Coordinator, Coppin State University
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Certification-Administrative and Supervision
  • Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision, Towson State University, Baltimore, MD
  • Principal, Baltimore City Public Schools 1980-1999

Dr. Laurie Andes                                Session II:  October 14, 2005
  • Associate Professor, Seidel School of Education, Salisbury University
  • Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision, University of Maryland College Park, MD
  • Professional Certificate: Maryland State Department of Education-Advanced Professional Certificate and Elem. Grades 1-6, Middle School
  • Research Interests: Professional Development Schools, Literacy, and Teacher Leadership

Cynthia R. Harrison:                        Session III:  November 8, 2005
  • Director of Staff Development, National Staff Development Council
  • M.A. Educational Administration, University of Colorado
  • Co-Director of Learning Services, Director of  Staff Development - Adams Twelve Five Star Schools
  • Staff Development Supervisor - Adams Twelve Five Star Schools

Dr. Joan C. Buffone                           Session IV:  February 9, 2006
  • Assistant Superintendent in Kent County Public Schools
  • Ph.D. in Reading/Curriculum and Administration, Oakland University
  • Former Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, East Detroit Public Schools
  • Administrator of the Year 1993, Michigan Reading Association; Contributing Author, Successful School Improvement Programs, 1989

           Session V :  May 4, 2006 (TO BE DETERMINED)
           Session VI:  June 8, 2006 (TO BE DETERMINED)
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Mr. Tim Lucas
Professor of Practice at Lehigh University, College of Education, Pennsylvania, PA
"The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook Project:  Schools that Learn
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Dr. Stephen V. Barone, Ed.D.
President, Transformation Systems, Ltd., Camillus, New York
"Relationship of Planning to Greatness"
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Dr. Barone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Illinois State University, a Master of Science degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from the State University of New York and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Rochester.  He is also a graduate of the Newfield Network, an international program for the development and certification of life coaches.  Dr. Barone has specialized in the field of system transformation through strategic and site based planning, leadership development, team building, and staff development.  He has worked with over 250 organizations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle, Near and Far East and Africa in the development and implementation of strategic plans, division level plans, staff development and other related organizational development activities.


Mr. Tim Lucas
Retired Director, Curriculum and Instruction in the Glen
Rock Public Schools in New Jersey
"Tools for Building Learning Communities"
Friday, August 15, 2003

Tim  Lucas has been adapting the concepts of systems thinking and systems dynamics into the K-12 curriculum.  Tim is one of the co-authors, with Peter Senge, and others, of "Schools that Learn:  A Fifth Discipline Resource, published in September 2000 and was awarded the National Staff Development Council's Book of the Year Award in 2001.  He is a consultant and staff developer in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, working with teachers, school administrators, parents and community leaders.

Dr. Dennis Sparks
Executive Director
National Staff Development Council
"Habits that Produce Significant Change in Teaching and Learning begin with Significant Change in What Leaders Think, Say, and Do"
Wednesday, June 23, 2004


Dr. Paul Houston
Executive Director, American Association of School Administrations (AASA)
"Courageous Leadership in Difficult Times"
Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Dr. Paul Houston is the executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the chair of the National Policy Board for Education Leadership (NPBEA). Houston’s messages include topics such as “A Novel Notion: Best Teachers at Poorest Schools,” “From Tragedy Emerge Positive Lessons for Leaders,” “Scrooge Style Leadership with Heart” and “Treating Parents as Our Customers.” Houston asks, “In a world of a million questions, what are the most important for leaders to ask? The first is really ‘What is leadership?’” To that question Houston replies that “More than anything else, leadership is about dreams and possibilities. It is about creating the world anew.” Houston and the AASA work with members of Congress to address educational needs of school system leaders.

Dr. Richard DuFour
Superintendent, Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 (IL)
"Passion and Persistence: Professional Learning Communities at Work"
Tuesday, June 18, 2003

Dr. Richard DuFour has served as the superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 in Lincolnshire, IL, since 1991. DuFour is the only school administrator in Illinois to receive his state's highest award as both a principal and superintendent. He has been presented the Alumni Achievement Award from Illinois State University and was named as one of the "Top 100" school administrators in the nation by Executive Educator magazine. He is the author of four books, including Professional Learning Communities at Work: Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement; Fulfilling the Promise of Excellence: A Practitioner's Guide to School Improvement; numerous professional articles and a featured column in the Journal of Staff Development.

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