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Leadership Institute Series 2020-21

This is a green event.  All resources will be electronic.  Download our app at 2020-21 Leadership Institute Series includes seven seminars hosted in north, central, and south Alabama locations.  CLAS offers system subscriptions for an unlimited number of employees within the subscribing system to attend any or all of the Leadership Institutes in a given year. This year’s Leadership Institutes address Phase I PLU requirements for Standard II: Teaching and Learning, Standard IV: Diversity, and Standard V: Community & Stakeholder Relationships for those holding Instructional Leadership certification. A clock-hour certificate will be provided for those not working toward a PLU.

Remember:  System subscriptions do not offer the benefits of being a CLAS member.  If unsure you are an active CLAS member, please contact our office at 800-239-3616.

Any subscribing systems may send an unlimited number of employees at no additional fee.

2020-2021 Leadership Institute System Subscribers 

September 2020 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    September 9 - 11, 2020
  • How to find us: Virtual Event

Empathy in Instruction: Strategies for Working with English Language Learners

September 9, 10, 11, 2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am CST daily

Presented by: Tery Medina 

Being an English Language Learner in the classroom can be a very overwhelming experience for students, regardless of age. Therefore, it is important for educators to build an atmosphere that fosters a safe and empathetic environment for their EL students. In this institute, Tery Medina will take participants on a journey to explore myths and facts of teaching English Language Learners, clarify responsibilities as well as empathy in serving these students, and use content, process, and product, to build a framework for what works. Come ready to participate, co-create, and grow your wealth of knowledge and strategies.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the September Leadership Institute will be offered virtually. 



October 2020 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    October 7 - 8, 2020

Mixed Messages: The Changing Face of Discipline


Presented by: Dan St. Romain

October 7 or 8, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Although behaviors in the school system have changed a great deal in the past few decades, our strategies for supporting those behaviors have not. By examining information learned about the brain, we are in a better position to understand how to best create long-term behavior change in our students. In this interactive session, participants will learn nine principles for positively shaping student behaviors. The information in this training has specific implications at both the classroom and school-wide levels, complements PBIS/behavioral RTI efforts and is applicable for pre-K through high school.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the October Leadership Institute will be offered virtually. 


November 2020 Leadership Institute (VIRTUAL)

    November 4 - 5, 2020

Supporting Students to Succeed with Text Dependent Writing

November 4 and 5, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Two Day Event)

Presented by: Jennifer Kincaid

Imagine students wanting to improve their writing - just because! Join Jennifer Kincaid and learn evidence-based and standards-aligned writing practices and strategies to engage students in the writing process. These strategies will help students organize ideas, craft powerful sentences, develop voice, elaborate on their thinking, and revise with purpose while crafting authentic writing. Leave this institute with knowledge to grow writers and support students in giving and receiving formative feedback around writing.

 Registration Closed November 2, 2020

  • To obtain credit for this event, you are required to participate in both presentations. If you are not able to attend both of the sessions live, a recorded version will be available following the event.
  • The recording will be available to view for PLU or clock hour credit through November 30 only.
  • Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, live participation is encouraged. Access to the recordings will be sent to all registrants following Thursday’s presentation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the November Leadership Institute will be offered virtually.

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January 2021 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    January 13 - 14, 2021

Be Real: Educate from the Heart (Virtual Event)

Presented by: Tara Martin 

January 13 AND 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

This invigorating message interweaves Tara Martin’s experiences transforming from an “at-risk” student to a thriving educator who has successfully served in many roles. Tara will share how educators must embrace our life to fulfill our purpose and inspire those we serve. Through stories, humor, science, and practical application, Tara empowers educators to stay true to our unique strengths, talents, and life experiences–to Be REAL. This inspirational message will leave you seeking ways to keep the life source flowing through the REAL heartbeat of education.

 To receive credit for this event, you are required to participate in both of the sessions below. If you are not able to attend the sessions live, a recorded version will be made available following the event. Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, live participation is encouraged. Access to recordings will be sent to all registrants following each day's live session. The recordings will be available through January 31, 2021.  


February 2021 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    February 9 - 9, 2021

Staying Out of Legal Hot Water: Practical Tips for Avoiding Special Education Legal Disputes (What to Say; What Not to Say!)

February 9, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event

Presented by: Julie Weatherly

The rapidly changing landscape of special education and the impact on current and future practices is a consistent hot topic among educators, parents, and stakeholders. With disputes over IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) violations becoming all too common, it is imperative to have the most recent information regarding current laws and practices. Participate in this highly informative institute to learn what to say and not say to avoid legal challenges.


March 2021 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    March 10 - 11, 2021

Help Me, Help You - The 3-Step Approach to Problem-Solving with Kids that Every Teacher Needs to Know (And Use)!

Virtual Event
March 10 AND 11, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Both Days

Presented by: Julia Rose Polk

Did you ever wonder how to repair a major rupture with a student? Address an ongoing issue or problem in a relational way? In this training, participants will learn an effective 3-step approach for problem-solving with students while building rapport. Learn to move away from superficial "behavior modification" strategies for classroom management and prioritize the creation of safe and loving relationships with students. Leave with techniques to generate meaningful momentum and build classrooms of impact in the career you love.


April 2021 Leadership Institute (Virtual)

    April 13 - 15, 2021

Social Fatigue (Virtual Event)

April 13 - 15, 2021 (1 hour session each day)
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Presented by: Jerri Haslem

Join health educator, Jerri Haslem, in this unique institute designed to expose participants to a holistic approach to social fatigue. This term is the culmination of isolation, the unknown, and the relation of stress to health, and academic or work performance. Jerri will make you rethink your health with knowledge of why your health is non-negotiable. Return to school rejuvenated with knowledge and skills to combat social fatigue and be the best version of yourself both inside and out.


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  3. You will receive an email to verify your account and redirected to your online portal.
  4. You may browse Events for a listing of all available registrations.