Teacher Leadership Symposium

August 7-8th, 2015 Jefferson, Iowa

Do you want to provide networking opportunities for your teacher leaders?

Come join us for a two day symposium that will provide teachers and administrators an opportunity to build their capacity in coaching and teacher leadership. The symposium will include keynotes, breakout sessions, collaborative learning, panel discussions, and author question and answer sessions.

Teacher Leadership Symposium

Friday, Aug. 7th, 8am-4:30am

Jefferson, Iowa

Register today for the Teacher Leadership Symposium to be held at the Wild Rose

Casino in Jefferson, Iowa on August 7th-8th, 2015. Both days run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Act now before all the seats are filled!

Symposium Registration:

Symposium Flyer:

Both graduate credit and certificate renewal credit is available

Email Linda Ankeny on how to register for credit.

Biographies of TrueNorth Consultants

TrueNorth is an educational consulting company with decades of diverse experience as teachers and administrators. Our goal is to help school districts and teacher leaders meet all of their students' learning needs and all of their districts' educational goals.

Tim Christensen has had a variety of experiences in his time in education. He has been involved in successfully writing grants, passed a bond issue, passing a voter approved physical plant and equipment levy, helped organize a whole grade sharing agreement and passed a reorganization vote, helped oversee building construction, and helped oversee the demolition of three buildings. Tim has served on the SAI Rep Council and locally has served as the president of both the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Jefferson. Tim has taken an active approach with the Teacher Leadership Grant, convincing the board to move forward with the grant application and also training for potential teacher leaders in the form of attendance at Professional Learning Community training for all administrators and teacher leaders.

Julie Neal has experience at all levels of literacy instruction from classroom teacher, to Title I teacher, to K-12 Reading Specialist and currently instructs Teacher Leaders in the Greene County Community School District. Julie is a speaker, trainer, and facilitator for implementing research based strategies to improve literacy. She is exceptional at helping classroom teachers and administrators translate research into functional and valuable classroom practices, addressing the differentiated needs of students. Julie has provided both in-district colleagues and graduate students with analysis of instructional strategies as both a coach and demonstration teacher. Julie’s Master’s degree is in Education and Specialist’s Degree is in Reading. Additionally, Julie is Past President of the Iowa Reading Association.

Karen Sandberg has been in the education field for 18 years and has served in various roles including paraeducator, elementary classroom, middle school literacy and science, teacher leader, instructional coach, elementary assistant principal,elementary principal, and is currently Director of Teaching and Learning for

Greene County Schools. She also instructs Teacher Leaders in the Greene County Community School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in science from Buena Vista University, a master’s degree in education from Morningside College, and an administrative endorsement from Iowa Principal

Leadership Academy and Morningside College. She holds endorsements as a middle school generalist and for K-12 reading instruction. As a member of Iowa ASCD, ASCD, Learning Forward (formerly NSDC), and IRA she has facilitated learning at the Iowa science teacher’s convention and district professional development, and an adjunct instructor for Morningside College. She is currently on the Mid Iowa School Improvement Consortium (MISIC) Board of Directors.

Maranda Van Cleave graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Elementary Education. She also has endorsements in coaching, reading, and social studies. Maranda began her career in education teaching at the 4th and 5th grade levels. During her time in the classroom, Maranda served on various leadership teams that focused on district-wide school improvement in the areas of climate and culture, professional learning communities, curriculum alignment with common core, and designing and implementing quality instruction linked with 21st Century Skills. Maranda obtained her administrative degree in Educational Leadership from Iowa State and is in her second year as a school administrator serving grades 4th-6th. Maranda also serves as the Special Education Director for the Greene County School District. Maranda’s background and focus on school improvement as a teacher leader, and now as an administrator have led her to a variety of opportunities to lead change efforts and improve teaching and learning.