Principals of Literacy Institute

Nashville, TN • September 20-22, 2018

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About the Institute

Expand your expertise as an instructional leader and learn how to implement a strategic, school-wide literacy plan that empowers your teachers, families, and students.

Review essential strategies for high-quality literacy instruction and discuss the keys for planning, implementation, and sustainability.

September 20-22, 2018
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37203


This event promises to:

  • Explore the connection between principal leadership and effective literacy instruction
  • Target areas for district- or school-wide literacy improvement
  • Uncover practical strategies for partnering with families and communities to reach literacy goals
  • Network and connect with leadership teams from across the country and leading education leaders
  • Provide a comprehensive literacy framework to support principals, teachers, and students

Speakers & Sessions

Learn from nationally-recognized speakers, thought leaders, and practitioners from across the nation.

Annie Ward,Author and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Mamaroneck Public Schools, Westchester County, NY

Stephanie Harvey,Author and President of Stephanie Harvey Consultant

Dr. Karen L. Mapp,Senior Lecturer, Harvard
Graduate School of Education

Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin,Executive Director of School and Community Relations, Inglewood Unified School District

Dr. Mike Schmoker,Author, speaker, and consultant

Dr. Todd Whitaker,Professor of Educational Leadership,
University of Missouri

Dr. Susan Szachowicz,Former Principal of Brockton High School, Brockton, MA



12:00 – 2:00pm
2:00 – 2:45pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks
2:45 – 3:30pm
Dr. Todd Whitaker: What Great Principals Do Differently
3:30 – 4:15pm
Setting the Stage for a Comprehensive Literacy Plan
4:15 – 4:30pm
4:30 – 5:30pm
Classroom Walkthrough

8:00 – 8:15am
Introduction of the Day
8:15 – 9:00am
Dr. Mike Schmoker: Teaching and Leading with Focus
9:00 – 9:45am
Dr. Karen L. Mapp: Powerful Partnerships: Harnessing the Power of Families for Student Success
9:45 – 10:30am
General Session: Deepening an Understanding of the Planner
10:30 – 10:45am
10:45 – 12:00pm
Team Planning Session A: Identifying Problems of Practice
12:00 – 12:45pm
LUNCH KEYNOTE - Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward: Striving to Thriving: Trust, Teach, Transform into a Balanced Literacy Approach
12:45 – 1:45pm
Team Planning Session B: Identify CORE Area for Your Team
1:45 – 2:00pm
2:00 – 2:45pm
Dr. Susan Szachowicz: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses!
2:45 – 3:00pm
3:00 – 3:15pm
3:15 – 5:30pm
Team Planning Session C: Action Planning I

8:30 – 8:45am
Introduction of the Day
8:45 – 10:00am
Team Planning Session D: Action Planning II
10:00 – 10:15am
10:15 – 11:45am
General Session: Pulling It All Together and Next Steps
11:45 – 12:00pm
12:00 – 12:15am
12:15 – 1:00pm
Lunch with Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin: Why Not Build Innovative Community Partnerships?
1:00 – 1:15pm
Event Wrap-up


Individual: $695

3-person team: $2,097

4-person team: $$2,796

5-person team: $3,475

Additional registration options for larger groups are available. Email

This event is designed for:
  • Principals, PreK-12
  • Assistant Principals, PreK-12
And their district and/or school team members, which may include:
  • State-Level Administrators
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Superintendents/Deputy-Assistant Superintendents
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Staff Developers
  • Title I Directors
  • ELA Supervisors
  • Literacy Coaches
  • Building-level Administrators
  • Teacher Leaders
  • School Librarians

Included in the Registration Fee:

  • On-Site Literacy Leadership Facilitator assigned to attendee
  • Built-in Planning Sessions (up to 6 hours) to collaborate with teams across the nation
  • Literacy Leadership Planner – organized around five key areas - Vision, Data and Goal-Setting, Instructional Leadership, Professional Learning, and School Culture
  • Two complimentary professional books (total value: $75)
  • Earn 2 credits* from Saint Mary’s College (CA) upon successful completion of Institute
    Before registering, please check with your district on what types of credit are accepted. Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s
    College (CA) will provide CEU credits. An additional cost may apply.
  • Networking meals included (not hotel and airfare).


Hotel & Travel

Hotel Accommodations

Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Reservations: (615) 255-8400

Discounted Principals of Literacy Institute Room Rate: Single $239 / Double $249
Deadline to make/modify/cancel a hotel reservation: September 5th, 2018


Please note these important dates/times as you reserve your hotel room and make your travel reservations. To participate fully, please make your plans based on the following details:

  • The Institute registration desk will open at noon on September 20th
  • The Institute's kick-off general session will be at 2pm on September 20th
  • The Institute will come to a close on September 22nd

Travel Information

Nashville International Airport:BNA (Hotel: 8.4 miles NW)

  • Estimated taxi fare: $30 (one way)
  • Estimated shuttle costs (provided by Jarmon Transportation): $14 USD (one way)
  • Driving directions: Take I-40 West. Travel 5.1 miles. Take a slight left to stay on I-40 W (signs for Huntsville / Memphis / I-65 S.) Travel 1.4 miles and merge onto I-65 N. Travel 0.4 miles and take exit 209A toward US-70 / US-70S / US-431 / Broadway. Turn right on Broadway. Travel 0.5 miles and turn left onto 7th Ave. N. Go 1 block and turn right onto to Commerce St. Hotel is on the corner of 7th Ave. and Commerce.

Please note: Participants are responsible for their own airline/travel reservations and ground transportation.

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