What is the DA Leadership Institute?

The mission of the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) is to provide cutting-edge professional development to school district superintendents and other senior education executives to inspire innovation and leadership excellence in K12 education.

This mission is accomplished through top-tier live events focused on intensive networking and collaboration with innovative solution providers, and through engagement in virtual communities to promote ongoing discussion, debate, and the sharing of professional resources and leadership initiatives.

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Tue, 2014-04-08 16:14

In addition to drawing from his experience as a third-generation superintendent, Lincoln D. Lynch III, of Walpole Public Schools in Massachusetts, touches upon what drives districts' top leaders. Ten years ago, as part of an in-depth doctoral dissertation, Lynch and his colleagues explored what...

Tue, 2014-04-08 12:33

With schools across the nation consumed with STEM as well as college and career readiness, the fact that STEM is a "how" rather than a "what" may be missed. STEM is fast becoming a misunderstood vehicle for deeper, more robust critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, problem...

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:22

Understanding the actual physiology of learning (or how learning takes place in the brain) is impacting education practices across the country and internationally. This learning is helping us to understand how students can learn faster and more easily and how it can help students overcome...

Tue, 2014-04-08 08:09

In this session, Dr. Malbert Smith and Dr. Chris Belcher discuss the importance of early literacy, new research and how The Lexile Framework for Reading measures student’s reading levels and growth. The session also taps into how Columbia Public Schools are implementing programs to encourage...

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:45

Public school systems face two serious deficits — fiscal and trust. To build public trust and gain support for difficult decision-making, superintendents should promote authentic dialogue with all stakeholders. This session offers solutions to engage parents, teachers, staff, students and...

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:31

Rigor in the classroom means that students are engaged in solving challenging problems to which neither the answer nor the solution strategy are obvious. In this presentation, Nigel Nisbet, director of content creation at the MIND Research Institute, explores using tools to enable system-wide...

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:26

In certain districts, blended learning programs are growing to serve a meaningful number of students. With successful programs in place, the challenge for these districts becomes how to scale these programs without scaling costs and resources at the same rate. K12 Inc.'s Matthew Camacho and Fuel...

Tue, 2014-04-08 07:20

Districts are finding it increasingly challenging to counter limited financial and labor resources with growing expectations regarding network service. Scott Bennett speaks about meeting both requirements while building a sustainable network solution that supports the myriad of education...

Tue, 2014-04-08 06:51

We just concluded our 2013-2014 series of DALI summits late last month with a very successful event at the beautiful Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix. Over the course of this latest series of summits, we added a fifth annual event to our schedule, hosted 369 superintendents and...

Mon, 2014-04-07 09:54

According to a 2013 Pearson study, seven in 10 students would like to use mobile devices more often in class. The desire is already in the classroom, but is the infrastructure?

Tue, 2014-04-01 14:10

DALI member Christine Marie Syriac, superintendent of Seymour Public Schools in Connecticut, is one of five educators selected to participate in AASA’s Discover China program. The delegation will travel to Beijing on June 23 and will stay in China for two weeks.

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Tue, 2014-03-11 14:39

Iowa’s Clinton Community School District has incorporated two cutting-edge programs into its learning environment. The Innovation Classroom, the first of its kind in a U.S. public high school, enables teachers to partner technology resources with inquiry-based, collaborative learning. The...

Mon, 2014-03-10 14:28

We just wrapped up our spring summit in La Jolla and what an exciting event it was. The kick-off theme, “What if technology were free?” served as a great jumping off point for discussions on the rapidly plummeting cost of technology and how tech is helping teachers facilitate great learning...

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:30

Tres Tyvand and the Bend La Pine School District in Oregon are utilizing automated key processes in their online learning programs, from enrollment and on-boarding students to providing weekly academic progress reports to students, teachers and administrators. In addition to saving thousands of...

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:29

With technology-enabled learning, more Quakertown students are taking advanced placement courses than ever before, and their ACT and SAT scores are the highest they’ve ever been. Hear Dr. Lisa Andrejko, superintendent of schools at the Quakertown CSD, talk about how the district’s 21st-century...

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:27

In the last few decades, research in second-language acquisition and cognitive psychology has shown that to be successful in foreign-language learning, students need exposure to authentic, comprehensible input that will drive rich and frequent opportunities to interact in the target language....

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:20

Four years ago, the Putnam County School System made a data-driven decision to implement curricular alignment, pacing, aligned benchmark assessment and coaching for systemwide instructional coaches to revive stagnant student achievement. The perfect storm included a shift toward Common Core...

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:15

Public school systems face two serious deficits—fiscal and trust. As social media empowers vocal naysayers, district administrators lose ground, ultimately risking the very future of education. To build public trust and gain support for difficult decision-making, superintendents must promote...

Mon, 2014-03-10 00:14

Advances in technology allow us to personalize education for students. How can we leverage the same technology to personalize learning for teachers? The Cajon Valley USD in Southern California created a digital learning academy to allow teachers flexibility over time, space and structure during...

Sun, 2014-03-09 23:50

This session focuses on how to challenge children through the concept of schemas as a cognitive framework for understanding as children learn mathematics by persistence and visually manipulating and interacting with technology. Instead of teaching math as a series of topics that are covered...

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