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PASCD Leadership Institute & Golf Outing

The PASCD Leadership Institute & Golf Outing is PDE PIL approved professional development opportunity for Act 45 credit. Participants will receive Forty (40) Act 45 or Act 48 hours upon successful completion of the course.  The PASCD Leadership Institute & Golf Outing will be held on July 18-19, 2019 at the Mountain View County Club in State College, Pa. 


The PASCD Leadership Institute will provide participants the unique opportunity to choose one of three personalized leadership tracks that develop the capacity to lead classrooms and education systems in new and innovative ways. The Courage to Lead track is based on the “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer. In this track participants will learn how to improve professional capacity, relational trust, collaboration, quality of instruction, and ultimately student outcomes. The Digital Leadership and Innovation track allows participants to learn leadership strategies for (1) implementing instructional technology, (2) digital immersion, and (3) innovative practices. Lastly, the Leadership Impacts Student Learning track allows participants to learn how to apply the leadership strategies from John Maxwell’s work to positively impact student learning and achievement. At the conclusion of the institute, there will be some online job-embedded, follow up activities that must be submitted in order to receive 40 Act 45/48 hours. Please see the leadership track descriptions at the bottom of this page for more detailed information.

Target Audience: 

The PASCD Leadership Institute is designed for central office administrators, principals, assistant principals, and educational leaders interested in learning more about leadership. Participants may attend as either an individual or bring a team to allow the leadership institute to serve as an administrative retreat.  We have reserved team-planning rooms and time set aside the day before the start of the leadership institute in order for school district administrative retreats to take place at no additional registration fee. If you would like to reserve a team planning room for your administrative retreat, please contact Pennsylvania ASCD Executive Director, Deanna Mayers, at 

Golf Outing and Banquet:

At the conclusion of the PASCD Leadership Institute, an optional golf outing and banquet will be held at the beautiful Mountain View Country Club. Once a participant registers for the leadership institute, details regarding the optional golf outing and banquet will be sent via email.

Leadership Institute Schedule:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
(Optional: Time for individual district administrative retreats)

1:00pm – 6:00pm            Team planning rooms are available upon request at no   additional charge

Thursday, July 18, 2019
(PASCD Leadership Institute Begins)

8:30 am - 9:30 am General Session 1 (Applicable for all tracks)
9:30 am - 11:00 am Personalized Leadership Tracks Session A
11:00 am - 12:30pm Individual or Team Planning Time
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch & General Session 2 (Applicable for all tracks)
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Personalized Leadership Tracks Session B
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Individual or Team Planning Time
6:00 pm – 7:30pm Dinner & General Session 3 (Applicable to all tracks)
7:30 pm Individual or Team Planning Time

Friday, July 19, 2019

8:30 am - 10:30 am Personalized Leadership Tracks Session C
10:30 am - 11:00 am Closing General Session 4
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Individual or Team Debrief and Planning (Optional)
11:30 am – 6:00 pm Golf Outing and Banquet (Reservation required)


$400 – PASCD Members
$465 – Non-members

Hotel Accommodations:

Overnight rooms are not included in the registration fee. The official hotel of the PASCD Leadership Institute is the Wyndham Garden State College at 310 Elks Club Road in Boalsburg, Pa 16827. Click here to make hotel reservations. 

PASCD Leadership Institute participants will receive a special room rate at $119/night which includes breakfast.


Click here to register for the PASCD Leadership Institute. 
Space is limited to the first 400 participants.
Registration deadline is Thursday, July 11th. 

Personalized Leadership Track Information:

Each participant will choose a personalized leadership track to follow throughout the PASCD Leadership Institute. Please find below a description of each leadership track. Participants will choose their personalized leadership track when he or she registers online for the leadership institute.

Courage to Lead Track

Based on the text “The Courage to Teach” by Parker J. Palmer, learners will be introduced to a variety of types of communication and innovative instructional leadership strategies that focus on example programs to advance the trust in the school community and the concept of “The Community of We.”   The strategies highlighted will allow leaders an opportunity to focus on taking risks, embracing cultural differences, and building a trustworthy community for all learners. The track will utilize the concept of that we lead best when we understand ourselves first. The following concepts and skills will be explicitly taught:

    • We Lead Best When We Understand Ourselves
    • The call to “Teach”
    • Reflective Writing as a Tool of Self Knowledge
    • Relational Trust in a School Community
    • Touchstones and Boundary Markers of Trustworthy Space
    • Hearing Ourselves and Others
    • Elements of Culture
    • Essential Elements of Community
    • Hidden Privilege and Power in the School Community

Digital Leadership and Innovation Track

Based on "The Innovator's Mindset" by George Couros and research compiled by Thomas Hoerr in the book "Fostering Grit," learners will be introduced to a variety of types of instructional technology and innovation instructional leadership strategies that focus on example programs to advance the technical skills of both digital leaders and for those educators in which they supervise.   The technologies highlighted will allow users an opportunity to focus on taking risks, embracing change, and building a growth mindset for all learners. The course will utilize the SAMR model throughout to highlight the depth of use of technologies as learners develop the technological skills of successful digital leaders. The following concepts and skills will be explicitly taught:

    • Online Presentation Tools
    • Screencasting
    • Twitter
    • Blogs
    • Digital Footprints
    • Instructional Video
    • Social Media
    • Open Educational Resources
    • Mind Mapping Tools
    • Project Management Tools
    • Crowd-Sourcing Technologies

Leadership Impacts Student Learning Track

Educational research has shown that student achievement is significantly impacted by the quality of the teacher in the classroom and the quality of administrative leadership in the school and at the district (Marzano, 2007).  With increased emphasis on teacher and administrative leadership quality, participants in this program will focus on best practices associated with school leadership and how it can be a driving force in the instructional decision making process for continuous school improvement.  Excerpts from the following books by John Maxwell will serve as the foundation from which participants can learn how leadership impacts student learning: “Make Today Count,” “How Successful People Think,” “What Successful People Know About Leadership,” “Attitude 101,” “Teamwork 101,” and “Leadership 101.” Upon completion, participants will have ready to apply leadership action plans for improving student learning. The following concepts and skills will be explicitly taught:

    • The importance of implementing of a district-wide vision focusing on improving student achievement
    • The impact of leadership on decisions made regarding curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    • Successful leaders have the ability to see the big picture while focusing on special issues and opportunities
    • Successful leaders know how to resolve conflicts and lead challenging people
    • Attitude impacts leadership
    • The ability to apply research-based organizational and leadership theory to build internal capacity and collective leadership within the district and school
    • Successful school leaders share common traits such as: (1) the ability to prioritize, (2) trustworthiness and (3) effectively casting a vision.
For more information:  
    • Contact Pennsylvania ASCD Executive Director, Deanna Mayers, at or 570-369-3530.

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