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Principals Preconference

Ritz Carlton Hotel, Doha, Qatar

Tom Schimmer

Author, consultant and internationally-recognized expert in assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership.

Full Bio

TOM SCHIMMER is an independent education consultant from Vancouver, BC. Over the course of his 26-year career he has also been a classroom teacher, school administrator, and district level leader. Mr Schimmer is an internationally recognized leader and expert in the areas of assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership.

He has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions at several national and international conferences. Additionally, Mr Schimmer has worked directly with schools and school districts throughout Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, and the U.A.E.

He is the author of two books: Ten Things that Matter from Assessment to Grading (2013) and Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-based Mindset (2016).

Preconference Workshop for Principals, October 19, 8:30-4:30

Preconference Description

Creating Conditions – Building Capacity

The modern iteration of school leadership demands an active, instructional leader who can galvanize a staff around forward-thinking, progressive ideas that maximize the success and experience of all students.

In this preconference session, Tom Schimmer will guide leaders through the process of creating the optimal conditions that initiate and sustain the long-term focus on the most promising practices. Using sound assessment practices only as the backdrop, this preconference workshop will guide leaders toward an understanding of what it takes – both personally and professionally – to take any new idea to scale.

To create the conditions, participants will explore why vulnerability can actually be an asset, why balancing the hard and the soft of leadership is critical, and how new ideas naturally progress through an organization. To build capacity, leaders will explore the eight steps for transforming any organization and how to respond to the typical challenges and roadblocks should they arise.

The morning of the preconference will balance both presentation of leadership principles and extended activities and discussions involving both divisional and cross-divisional groupings in order to deepen the collective network of leadership and support. The bulk of the afternoon, after the foundation of capacity building is laid, will focus on expanding the leadership toolbox through an unconference process of peer-to-peer learning where leaders will share and discuss the best of what they do in a variety of important areas.

Through a combination of content, group discussions, and thought-provoking activities, you will come away feeling more confident and comfortable with leading the implementation of any new idea designed to enhance the outcomes for all stakeholders.

Cost/How To Sign Up

  • Preconference fee: US $125 (includes coffee breaks and lunch)
  • How to Sign-Up: Please register for the Fall Leadership Conference via the online registration form (as a member, affiliate or non-member), and check the appropriate box under the heading 'Pre-conference Registration’. (Note: All preconference participants must also be registered for the Fall Leadership Conference itself. Thank you.)


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For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

Creating Conditions - Building Capacity

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