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Balanced Leadership | Hawai'i 2024-25 Cohort


Principals, Assistant Principals, School Teams, and Complex Area Leaders are invited to join us for a year-long professional cohort to learn about evidence-based school leadership practices that can help you create a positive, continuous improvement culture at your school that supports higher levels of student learning and teacher efficacy. Participants will attend four 1-day, in-person sessions in Honolulu during the 2024-25 school year.


Location: Mānoa Heritage Center, 2856 Oahu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96822


Registration Fee: $995 per person. If paying by PO or invoice, please select the "pay by check" option when registering.

Session Dates and Learning Focus:

Attendance at all four sessions is required to participate in this cohort. All sessions are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch provided on site.


Session 1: September 19, 2024

Research on effective school leaders reveals a set of key actions and responsibilities that principals and leadership teams can enact that have a strong, direct effect on teacher efficacy and student success. In this session, you'll learn about these actions and responsibilities and gain knowledge and skills to lead better decision-making processes at your school using goal-oriented analysis focused on your students' and teachers' needs.


Session 2: October 17, 2024

What are the best, high-leverage things you can do to make a bigger difference for your students and staff? In this session, we'll help you identify what matters most right now for your school's improvement. You'll also learn about the power of best first instruction and a brain-based model for student learning that your teachers can use to make their initial, Tier 1 instruction more engaging and memorable for all students.


Session 3: December 5, 2024

Whenever you implement a new policy, procedure, or process at your school, your staff may need to change their own routines and beliefs--and this change process can be challenging for many people. In this session, you'll deepen your understanding of the phases of change and how to develop action plans for more effective implementation, staff support, and progress monitoring.


Session 4: January 23, 2025

In our final session, we'll work together to help you develop plans for creating a positive, continuous-improvement culture at your school using the power of asset-based thinking and community engagement.

Learning Facilitator: Dr. Kris Rouleau

Kris is McREL's vice president for Learning Services, leading a team of professional learning consultants who support teachers and school leaders as they learn about, and use, research-based practices for better instruction and school improvement. Among her projects in Hawai'i, she often works with school teams on needs assessments, school improvement plans, instructional practices, and leadership development. Before joining McREL, Kris was a long-time educator, principal, and district administrator.


She is a co-author of:

  • The New Classroom Instruction That Works: The Best Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement
  • Learning That Sticks: A Brain-Based Model for K-12 Instructional Design and Delivery
  • Curiosity Works: A Guidebook for Moving Your School From Improvement to Innovation