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Executive Leadership Academy

 
The Montana Executive Leadership Academy prepares career leaders and rising leaders to transform organizations by optimizing opportunities both external and internal to the organization. 
 
The cohort program of learning utilizes a practitioner-scholar model of professional development that emphasizes experiential learning from world-renowned faculty members who are experts in their field.  
 
Program learning and performance outcomes ensure that every Executive Leader understands and applies practices in leadership to (1) collect and analyze data effectively; (2) assess needs, and design appropriate learning experiences; (3) apply tools of appropriate technology; (4) integrate theories and practices into problem-solving; (5) create economic value and efficiency to organizations; and (6) intentionally connecting the strategy of the organization with the professional identities and the personal development of the members of the organization. 
 
 
Are you interested in joining the second Cohort? Reach out to Tristen Loveridge for application details! 

 

Montana Executive Leadership Academy Cohort I with Dr. Marguerite Roza

 

Meet our World Renowned Faculty

 

 



  

 

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Teacher Leader Academy 

 
The Teacher Leader Academy is designed to empower teacher leaders to stay in the classroom, not move into administration. Qualities of teacher leaders include high-level classroom practitioner, active engagement in the profession, passion and commitment to excellence, and readiness to re-imagine the profession.
 
Flipping the script on what it means to advance professionally, the Teacher Leader Academy re-imagines career advancement as not just vertical but also as expanded impact and influence. The Academy recognizes that teacher leaders have extensive training and skills in curriculum, pedagogy and instructional methods. The Academy brings a roster of faculty that includes renowned scholars and leading practitioners from Montana and across the country. Participants work closely with Academy faculty and their K-12 peers to practice teacher leader skills and competencies focused around leadership, engagement, influence/advocacy, problem-solving, and the lessons learned from teaching and leading in a pandemic riddled environment.
 
Are you interested in joining the second Cohort? Reach out to Tristen Loveridge for application details!

 

 


 

Executive Leadership Academy

Meeting Information

The Executive Leadership Academy is held one Thursday afternoon (5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and Friday (8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) each month. Course sessions are held monthly from October through May during the school year. The total duration of the first leadership academy cohort is eight months, and the completion ceremony is an evening event held in June.

October 28 - 30, 2021

  • Course 1: Conflict Resolution
  • Instructor: Dr. Greg Dern, Superintendent, Circle Public Schools
  • Outcomes:
    • Identify a conflict while simultaneously investigating its source

November 18 - 20, 2021

  • Course 2: Creativity, Innovation, & an Entrepreneurial Mindset - A Must for Today's Leaders
  • Instructor: Dr. Kerri Cissna, Professor, University of Miami Ohio
  • Outcomes:
    • Identify and use your creative strengths to lead innovation in your school district.
    • Apply the tolls & techniques widely used in the Creative Problem-Solving/Design Thinking Process in both individual and group activities.
    • Explore frameworks that cultivate a "culture of yes" to build on the creative solutions of others and make them better.
    • Design a plan/goal/vision for transferring all of your learning to your team and end-users (students).

December 16 - 18, 2021

  • Course 3: A Pandemic is a Terrible Thing to Waste
  • Instructor: Dr. Yong Zhao, Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas
  • Outcomes:
    • Identify and determine the lessons of this pandemic.
    • Develop understanding of the "why" of personalized learning.
    • Empower leaders to take action/create change.
    • Ensure students take ownership of their learning and become partners in educational change.

January 13 -15, 2022

  • Course 4: Utilizing Resources to Better Serve Students
  • Instructor: Dr. Marguerite Roza, Georgetown University
  • Outcomes:
    • Leveraging budgets to drive change: Linking financial priorities with academic achievement.
    • Communicating school finance with a focus on student outcomes.
    • Using resources (time, talent, tools, dollars) strategically for students.

February 3 - 4, 2022

  • Course 5: Family and Community as Partners in Education
  • Instructor: Dr. Karen Mapp, Harvard University
  • Outcomes:
    • Utilizing families as resources to strengthen school ethos.
    • Mobilizing families as allies and engaging them in the school community.
    • Utilizing families as agents for school improvement.
    • Improving perception among families that schools are transparent and open.

March 3 - 4, 2022

  • Course 6: Leading Great Instruction
  • Instructor: Dr. Liz City, Harvard University
  • Outcomes:
    • Understanding effective teaching through the teacher, student and curriculum triangle.
    • Leveraging instructional rounds and the role of task to improve student outcomes.
    • Leading efficient professional learning and meetings.
    • Using data effectively to improve student outcomes. 

April 7 - 8, 2022

  • Course 7: Diversity, Cultural Understanding and Increased Challenges from the Pandemic
  • Instructors: Montana Tribal Elders, Leaders, and Student Panel
  • Outcomes: TBD

May 5 - 6, 2022

  • Course 8: Leveraging the Law in Education Leadership
  • Instructor: 
    • Lance Melton, MTSBA Executive Director
    • Debra Silk, MTSBA Associate Executive Director
    • Tony Koenig, MTSBA Director of Legal Services
    • Kris Goss, MTSBA Directory of Policy Services/Senior Counsel
    • Andrew Vigeland, MTSBA Staff Attorney
  • Outcomes: TBD

Membership

Christopher Averill - Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs, Strategies 360

Kimberly Barnes - Director, Region 17 Comprehensive Center

Matthew Carey - Principal, Project for Alternative Learning

Patrick Cates - Principal, Saddle Peak Elementary 

Mike Chavers - ,Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch 

Nita Crockett - County Superintendent, McCone County 

Valerie Damron - Director of Special Services, Glendive Public Schools

Dede Frothingham - Special Services Director, Belgrade School District

Paul Furthmyre - Interim Superintendent, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind

Aimee Konzen - School Improvement Specialist, Office of Public Instruction

Carrie Kouba - Director of School Improvement, Office of Public Instruction 

John Larsen - Assistant Principal, Dawson County High School

Thomas Manthey - Director of Montana Center for Inclusive Education, Montana State University Billings

Julie Murgel - Chief Operating Officer, Office of Public Instruction

Sara Novak - Special Education Director, Great Divide Education Services

Pam Pettirew - Director of Special Services, Special Services Cooperative

Trivian Rides The Bear - District Superintendent, Lodge Grass Public Schools

Cheryl Russell - Co-op Director, Flathead Special Education Cooperative

Veronica Small-Eastman - Principal, Lodge Grass School

Curtis Smeby - Board Chairperson, Havre Public Schools

Wade Sundby - District Superintendent, Glasgow K-12 Schools

Testimonials

 

Meet the Faculty

The Leadership Academy's world renowned faculty are experts in their fields. 

Dr. Kerri Cissna

Dr. Liz City

Dr. Gregory Dern

Dr. Karen Mapp

Dr. Marguerite Roza

Dr. Yong Zhao

Teacher Leader Academy

Meeting Information

The Teacher Leader Academy is held one Saturday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) each month. Course sessions are held monthly from February through June during the school year. The total duration of the first leadership academy cohort is five months, and the completion ceremony is an evening event held in June.

February 5, 2022

  • Course 1: Family and Community as Partners in Education
  • Instructor: Dr. Karen Mapp, Harvard University
  • Outcomes:
    • Utilizing families as resources to strengthen school ethos. 
    • Mobilizing families as allies and engaging them in the school community. 
    • Utilizing families as agents for school improvement. 
    • Improving perception among families that schools are transparent and open. 
March 5, 2022
  • Course 2: Leading Great Instruction
  • Instructor: Dr. Liz City, Harvard University
  • Outcomes:
    • Understanding effective teaching through the teacher, student and curriculum triangle. 
    • Leveraging instructional rounds and the role of task to improve student outcomes. 
    • Leading efficient professional learning and meetings. 
    • Using data effectively to improve student outcomes. 
April 9, 2022
  • Course 3: Diversity, Cultural Understanding and Increased Challenges from the Pandemic
  • Instructor: Montana Tribal Elders, Leaders, and Student Panel
  • Outcomes: TBD
May 7, 2022
  • Course 4: The Thinking Classroom
  • Instructor: Dr. Peter Liljedahl, Simon Fraser University
  • Outcomes: 
    • How to build a thinking classroom.
    • How to help fellow colleagues to grow professionally through shifts of attention and the process of noticing, naming, and nuancing. 
    • How to adapt a thinking classroom to meet the challenges faced due to the global pandemic.
June 21 - 23, 2022
  • Course 5: Coaching for Learning
  • Instructor: Missy Emler, Modern Learners 
  • Outcomes: TBD

Membership

Katie Christensen - 4th Grade, Whitehall School District

Natacha Doney - English, Hays Lodgepole Schools

Saundra Farman - Wyola Public Schools

Yvonne Field - School Improvement Specialist, Office of Public Instruction

Coty Good Luck - SPED, Lodge Grass High School

Michelle Jefferson - Elementary, Lodge Grass Public Schools

Joe Maraschiello - History, Circle Public Schools

Gary Stevenson - Business & English, Lodge Grass High School

Gayle Walter - K-12 Art, Whitehall School District

Kathleen Yellowtail - Wyola Public Schools

Testimonials

 

Meet the Faculty

The Leadership Academy's world renowned faculty are experts in their fields. 

Dr. Kerri Cissna

Dr. Liz City

Dr. Gregory Dern 

Dr. Karen Mapp

Dr. Margerite Roza

Dr. Yong Zhao

Dr. Peter Liljedahl