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Welcome to the 2019 High AIMS Summer Institute! 

High AIMS is a consortium of 30 public school districts in southwest Ohio. Fairfield City Schools will serve as this year’s host to 2,000+ educators for our 6th annual Summer Institute. We will offer two nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 250 breakout sessions as teachers and administrators immerse themselves in dynamic and inspiring professional learning.


                                          August 1-2, 2019                                                                                            Held at Fairfield High School
                                          8:30 am - 4:00 pm                                                                                           8800 Holden Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                   Fairfield, OH 45014

Keynotes:        August 1 - Hall Davidson
                         August 2 - Ron Clark

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Friday, August 2 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Conversations, Collaboration, and Chemistry: Transforming Our District into a Learning Organization (90 min) LIMITED

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While everyone works very hard in many districts they are often not achieving the results they expect. This is because, while everyone works heroically hard, much of the time is spent learning how to work within the team. The 2004 US Olympic men’s basketball team, originally known as the Dream Team, only focused on top talent resulting in unintended poor results. What this tells us is that we need to spend more time learning to work in teams, which includes:
Proper onboarding: It’s not just a tactical activity but helping new team members integrate into the organization and/or position.
Culture of learning and iterating: Organizations need space to learn and improve frequently.
Utilizing common protocol: Meetings are a time consuming and we need to use time more effectively.

Each district has its own unique shape which needs to be tweaked as strategies and goals change. The research shows the common factor for success is highly functional teams. Highly functional teams are able to exercise the following 6 practices:
Planning for change
Building trusting teams
Defining the work before the people
Aiming for safe enough to try instead of consensus
Harnessing the flow of information and sharing it quickly
Creating a learning organization that evolves

Participants will develop a working understanding of the 6 vital practices for thriving and responsive schools as defined in the The NEW School Rules book from the author, Anthony Kim. Each practice will allow for experiments and organizational space to engage in conversations, knowledge sharing, and models based on success stories in Lakota Local Schools and other districts Education Elements work with. In particular, this session will share practical lessons for how to improve role clarity, purposes for meetings, and building educational champions to lead the change.

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Kelly Freiheit

Associate Partner, Education Elements
Kelly Freiheit, Associate Partner, will be the engagement manager. Kelly has supported districts and schools across the country with innovative implementations at the district and school level, including Lakota Local Schools (OH); Loudoun County Public Schools (VA); Charleston County... Read More →
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Keith Koehne

Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Lakota Local Schools
Keith leads a team of passionate educators whose mission is to serve the Lakota teachers who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of every Lakota student and help them realize their dreams.In Keith's Words:Since I first felt called to be a teacher, I have felt it was my obligation... Read More →
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Krista Heidenreich

Director of Digital and Professional Learning, Lakota Local Schools
This is my 21st year in education. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and one in Educational Leadership. My role as Director of Digital and Professional Learning allows me to work closely with district and teacher leaders as we develop resources and personalized... Read More →
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Christina French

Director K-6 Curriculum, Lakota Local School District
I am a former teacher who loves teaching and learning. In my quest to add to my professional toolbox, I took a leap into the world of administration before I felt ready. I quickly realized this was the best decision I had yet to make, as it fueled my passion for change. After eight... Read More →
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Andrew Wheatley

Director of Secondary Curriculum, Lakota Local Schools
Andrew Wheatley is the Director of Secondary Curriculum at Lakota Schools. He describes himself as an education nerd; deeply passionate about all things learning. He loves spending time with his wonderful family and tries to find the time to continue to be a half-decent rock clim... Read More →

Friday August 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
HS 3213