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Prioritizing Instruction

November 12, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


A Seminar Series for School Leaders in Non-General Education Settings

(This seminar is part of a series. Series event dates are shown are shown below)


School principals are becoming increasingly clear that their primary role is to lead instruction in their buildings. Recognizing that this is a challenging shift in focus for many general education administrators, it can be even tougher for those who lead Setting IV special education programs, schools for at-risk learners, or educational programs in Care & Treatment or with a Career-Tech focus.


To help leaders of these specialized schools and programs to focus on instruction when behavioral needs or other management tasks might otherwise consume most of the organizational energy, we have designed a special seminar series. The series will examine how programming can focus on instruction, offering practical ways to integrate best practices from general education while not losing the benefits of the specialized setting.

Participants will learn together how to resolve (or at least lessen) the tension between:

  • Standardizing curriculum and instruction while retaining the ability to personalize education
  • Being accountable for group gains while focusing on individual progress
  • Centralizing processes while encouraging innovation
  • Prioritizing time for instructional leadership while the required management and compliance tasks continue to mount

Along the way, specific topics will include: the top instructional practices that make the most difference in student achievement, reading/literacy for at-risk and special education learners, leading professional learning communities (PLCs), resources for personalizing learning, measuring student achievement, aligning evaluation with instruction, and other topics of interest as determined by the group.


Participants will include leaders in charge of

  • Area Learning Center programs
  • Federal Setting IV Special Education programs
  • Care and Treatment educational programs
  • Career and Technical education programs
  • Any other settings that are non-general education or include a significant number of at-risk learners
Dr. Jane Holmberg will lead the series. Jane has held many administrative roles in Intermediate District 287 and has most recently served as the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. In this capacity, she had lead development and implementation of systems that support curriculum and instruction in all areas of the district, including the Area Learning Center, special education, Care & Treatment and online learning. Jane holds a doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and K-12 Principal and Superintendent licensure. Among her many academic and professional honors, she received the 2009 Outstanding Central Office Leader award from the Minnesota Association of School Administrators.


We will meet from 3-6 PM on the second Wednesday of the month throughout the 2014-2015 school year:

September 10, 2014
October 8, 2014
November 12, 2014
December 10, 2014
January 14, 2015
February 11, 2015
March 11, 2015
April 8, 2015
May 13, 2015


Northeast Metro 916, Capitol View Center, 70 W. County Road B2, Little Canada
(Some remote participation may also be available based on group need.)


$490.00 per person/non-member rate (prorating is not available)
$450.00 per person for Northeast Metro 916 and Intermediate 287 District members (eligible districts include Centennial, Columbia Heights, Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, Mounds View, N. St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale, Roseville, S. Washington Co., Spring Lake Park, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Osseo, Orono, Richfleld, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, and Westonka)

# Continuing Education Units and Administrative Renewal Units: 3 clock hours per session
# Graduate credit is being negotiated through Hamline University

REGISTER ONLINE AT www.prepcenter.org All participants must register individually.

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment.

For non-credit card payment: please register online then forward a check payable to Intermediate District 287, or a purchase order, so we may invoice your district (P.O. number can be entered online at time of registration to save time and postage. Teams may be registered on one P.O.) Send check or purchase order to:
Important: Please include your name, site, and workshop title.
Rosemarie Valencour
Intermediate District 287
Grants and Research Office
1820 North Xenium Lane
Plymouth, MN 55441
For registration questions, email Rosemarie Valencour at rkvalencour@district287.org

If after registering you find you cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. Cancellations will not be accepted after
September 2 , 2014. Email cancellation requests to rkvalencour@district287.org.

QUESTIONS: Contact Duane Udstuen, Applying Research-to-Practice Consultant: dhudstuen@district287.org.


November 12, 2014
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Capitol View Center
70 W. County Road B2
Little Canada, MN 55117 United States
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Grants and Research Office (GRO)