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Workshop Series for Beginning Principals

September 2019 - February 2020

Workshop Series for Beginning Principals

Are You a Principal with Limited or No Experience?

Are You Thinking of Becoming a Principal?

These sessions are perfect for you!


In our continued commitment to provide our members the highest quality professional development, OSAC is proud to partner with one of the leading trainers of school administrators, Dr. Judi Barber. 

Beginning principals, and teachers wishing to become principals, will experience the details and decisions that principals deal with each day, the role of an instructional leader, communication strategies and much more!  Each session includes a guest speaker to provide additional insight and information.


This series is designed for participants to attend ALL sessions.



September 24, 2019

October 22, 2019

November 19, 2019

January 14, 2020

February 18. 2020


Time and Location:

ICTC Muskogee, OK - Building D, OSAC Conference Room

8:00 am - 1:00 pm


**Lunch is included**


  • To examine in depth the specific aspects of a school principal’s job
  • To provide a foundation for the role of a school principal
  • To network with other beginning principals
  • To lay out plans for creating a strong culture directed at student learning
  • To practice leading collaborative learning to build the capacity of teachers
  • To practice strategies and resources to use in school leadership
  • To hold conversations throughout the year about topics you “are running into”



The session will be led by Dr. Judi Barber. Dr. Barber has been in education for 52 years and has served in a variety of roles. She has served as a teacher’s aide, physical education instructor, classroom teacher, team leader, curriculum consultant, arts-in-education coordinator and served as a principal for 19 years after which she served as a Director of Curriculum and Instruction in a

large district. During those years, she also taught at The University of Oklahoma as a special instructor and adjunct professor. Dr. Barber’s influence is ongoing. She has not only inspired legions of teachers, students, and administrators, but her work throughout the state to assist other school districts has resulted in award-winning gains in the quality of collaboration, staff development, planning, and student achievement.Dr. Barber is a member of the Oklahoma Educators’ Hall of Fame


Highlights of Each Session:


Session 1: September 24, 2019

  • The School You Want to Create
  • The Details – Schedules, Duty Rosters, Meetings…
  • The Six Building Tools that Will Guide Your Work
  • Getting the “Low Down” on Your New School
  • Student Behavior and Pixie Dust
  • Your Role in the Middle
  • Discussions and Celebrations from Your Current Work

Lunch Time Guest Speaker: Mike Teel, Regional Accreditation Officer,

October 1 Reporting


Session 2: October 22, 2019

  • The Switch from Teaching to Learning and the Principal’s Role
  • Putting Curriculum, Assessment, Instruction in Their Place
  • Making a Plan and Running the Plan
  • Performing Teacher Teams
  • The SDE Can Be Your Friend
  • Ensuring Learning through Monitoring Data
  • Discussions and Celebrations from Your Current Work

Lunch Time Guest Speaker: OSAC Associate Director, Dr. Kaylin Coody,

What Principals Need to Know about IDEA


Session 3: November 19, 2019

  • Necessary Skills and Understandings in Quality Schools
  • Building the Capacity of the Staff
  • Coaching Instruction and Evaluating Staff
  • Creating Events that Make an Impact
  • Organizing for Quality and Remaining Sane
  • Being the Lead Learner
  • Discussions and Celebrations from Your Current Work

Lunch Time Guest Speaker: Retired Superintendent Steven Crawford:

What Principals Should Know About School Finance 


Session 4: January 14, 2020

  • Being Strategic in Your Work
  • The Style of Leadership that Works for You
  • Understanding the Change Process
  • Embedding New Processes
  • Getting the “Naysayers” on Your Side
  • Discussions and Celebrations from Your Current Work

Lunch Time Guest Speaker: 2018 Principal of the Year, Kimberly Coody,

What Works For Me and Why 


Session 5: February 18, 2020

  • What People Believe Helps and Hinders
  • Building a Culture that Produces and Is a Great Place to Work
  • Interviewing to Get the Best and Ensuring They Are
  • The Talk in the School
  • Work Life Balance is Not a Myth
  • Discussions and Celebrations from Your Current Work

Lunch Time Guest Speaker: Ronia Davison, Sadler Elementary Principal,

What I've Learned, That I Wish I'd Known From the Beginning



$400 per person for OSAC districts

$600 per person for non-member districts

Price includes all 5 sessions, so only $80 per day! This series is designed for participants to attend ALL sessions.

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