New England Secondary School Consortium


Oct 04

League of Innovative Schools Fall Conference

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We invite LIS colleagues, students, parents, board members, and community members to join us in Portsmouth. The Fall Conference is organized around three design principles of the League of Innovative Schools:

Roll up your sleeves and utilize the power of a network to advance work in your own classrooms, schools, and communities. Your commitment to this network is what transforms the lives of students across New England every day.

Share your work, receive feedback, and design solutions to common challenges. You will leave with concrete next steps and energy to keep making a difference.

Engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues in similar roles or spend time planning with your team to advance the ideas, resources, and learning back at school.

Session Descriptions

Act I: Improve Our Work to Ensure Equitable Outcomes for All

Did you implement a practice or program that didn’t go quite as planned? Are you trying something new that would benefit from feedback? In this session, participants will work together to improve a piece of work, program or practice, in alignment with a set of design principles that advance equitable outcomes for students. Using a structured process, participants will learn how to use the principles to provide actionable, targeted feedback. In preparation for this session, participants will bring work or practices from schools or classrooms that they hope to improve. The areas of focus will include:

  • Assessing learning
  • Increasing engagement within school and community
  • Grading and reporting
  • Planning for all learners: ensuring differentiated supports
  • Project-based learning: seeking feedback on draft projects
  • Power of clarifying standards for increasing equity and rigor in assessments

Act II: Innovate Collaboratively to Design a Solution

Using design thinking practices, participants will generate innovative solutions to shared problems. Colleagues from other LIS schools and communities will support each other in thinking creatively and expansively about tackling their schools’ greatest challenges. Participants should prepare by identifying a challenge from their school that would benefit from new ideas from colleagues in our network. Focus areas will include:

  • Sustainable school leadership

  • Elements of effective instruction

  • Amplifying marginalized voices

  • Strengthening relationships through advisory systems

  • Inclusive and equitable systems of support and interventions

  • Grading and Reporting

Act III: Commit to Making a Difference

How will you transfer learning from Acts I and II into improved experiences for students? Participants will choose between working in role-alike groups or in facilitated school-based teams.

Participants may choose to network in role-alike groups. In this pathway, participants will consider how to leverage their roles and the support of LIS colleagues with similar perspectives to identify next steps in their local context. Groups will be determined based upon the interests of LIS members. Examples of possible groups include subject area teachers, school-based administrators, students, special educators, school counselors, PLG (Professional Learning Group) facilitators, school-based coaches, etc.

The school-based pathway will support teams from the same school as they consider learning from the first two acts and determine next steps for their schools. Teams will be facilitated by a coach from the Great Schools Partnership. Time will be also dedicated to sharing plans across school teams to gain critical and timely feedback and insight.


Any lodging needs are the responsibility of the registrant. We have a small block of reduced rate overnight rooms available at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel for the night of October 3. Use this direct link to make your reservation for a rate of $189 plus tax. The reservation deadline is September 14 or when the block is full.


Non-Emergency – If you cannot attend the conference you may transfer your registration to another attendee or request a refund. Refund requests for cancellations must be received via email by September 20, 2018. The full amount paid minus a 10% processing fee will be refunded. Transfers can be made, without penalty at any time, however we cannot guarantee name changes on materials after September 20, 2018. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after September 20, 2018, unless in accordance with the Emergency Policy below.

Emergency – Refunds may be granted after September 20, 2018 if an attendee is unable to attend the conference due to the death of an immediate family member, hospitalization, or other extraordinary circumstance. Refunds will still be subject to the 10% processing fee. All emergency refund requests must be received no later than October 19, 2018. 

All cancellations and requests for transfer must be sent in writing via email.

FMI: For questions and additional information, email our conference team or call 207-773-0505.

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