IQS Reading Workshop
IQS Annual Charter School Board Training
During July of each year charter school board members for schools authorized by Innovative Quality Schools (IQS), are invited to attend a board training session held at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106 (map). While priority will be given to school board members of IQS schools due to the limited number of spots available, the training session will be open to any Minnesota charter school board member. The training session is being designed to meet the annual training requirements established in Minnesota Statute 124E Subd. 7.
Presenters have included Jennifer Earley from Ratwik, Rozak & Maloney PA, and Tim Palmatier and Maggie Wallner from Kennedy & Graven, Chartered. Session topics include, but not limited to board role and responsibilities, employment policies and practices, and financial management with presenter Josh Mahlen.
Teacher-led Schools: Great Environments for Teachers… Great Outcomes for Learners
IQS held a conference on schools being led by professional teachers. Since the Nation at Risk was published in 1983, countless efforts have been made to improve. Billions of dollars have been spent. Clearly there have been many successes and the consensus is that we must do better. While most agree that teachers are the most important variable in the learning improvement equation, the role of teachers has remained basically unchanged since 1983. Is there any other enterprise where the group that carries the majority of the responsibility for the success of the entire organization has so little say in how that organization does its work? What would happen if that changed? This was explored in the 2014 conference.
Redesigning Schooling: Doing Tomorrow Today
Innovative Quality Schools’ second annual conference on redesigning schools and schooling through innovation.
Using Value-Added and Growth Models for Decision Making
St. Louis Park, MN
Having valid data is one thing… being able to analyze is quite another. While “No Child Left Behind” helped many students, if we learned one thing about its flaws it would be that the lack of valid data analysis led to many poor decisions. Using a “value-added growth model” will provide you an excellent tool as your classroom or site makes decisions. IQS held this one-day conference to provide a great opportunity for education leaders to better understand and use the plethora of data now available.
Innovation: It Makes the Future Better!
Sometimes we cross our fingers and say, “If it isn’t broke… don’t fix it.” We know that such thinking is the antithesis of leadership. We held this new kind of one-day conference to learn about new ways of organizing schools, as well as seeing new instructional ideas that are very exciting and innovative!