Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Washtenaw ISD
1819 South Wagner Road
Room: Vogel C
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406

Driving Directions

Free parking available.

Hotel discount

Should you require overnight accomodations, the following hotel offers a discount to WISD event attendees. Please mention WISD function at time of reservation. 

Weber's Hotel & Restaurant
3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
(734) 769-2500

About the Presenters

Tonia Gibson – McREL International

Tonia helps schools, districts, and education stakeholders develop sustainable plans for improving the professional practices of teachers and school leaders. Now based in Michigan, she began her career in Australia as an elementary teacher, a curriculum leader, and an assistant principal. As part of her school's leadership team, Tonia implemented the Curiosity Works approach at her school, developing the capacities of teachers and leaders to improve student engagement, student achievement, and teacher confidence. She is co-author of Unstuck: How Curiosity, Peer Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Your School (ASCD, 2018).

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations and substitutions must be submitted via email to Roger Fiedler.
  • Cancellations more than 60 days prior to event: 90% refund
  • Cancellations made 31 to 60 days prior to event: 75% refund
  • Cancellations made 11 to 30 days prior to event: 50% refund
  • Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to event: No refund
  • Contact McREL for refunds


Roger Fiedler 
McREL International 

Curiosity Works

Moving your School from Improvement to Innovation

A professional learning session for principals, school leadership team members, and central office administrators

July 30-31, 2019

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Learn why curiosity is an important lever for learning and how to cultivate it in teachers, leaders, and learners using the innovation pathways found in McREL’s Curiosity Works approach to school improvement. You’ll leave this engaging, interactive 2-day session with tools, tips, and strategic advice you can put to use during the 2019-20 school year.

Designed for principals and school leadership team members, the session topics and learnings include:

  • 17 tools to support your school’s improvement journey. Curiosity Works book cover
  • Understanding the important differences between an inside-out, curiosity-driven approach to school improvement and an outside-in or top-down approach.
  • A process for crafting a strong, well-articulated statement about your school’s core values, mission, and vision.
  • A data review process that focuses on your school’s bright spots as well as areas for growth, resulting in a self-assessment of your school’s position along the Curiosity Works improvement pathways.
  • A focus for improvement or innovation, and identification of high-leverage strategies for action.
  • An understanding of the importance of monitoring change, both for the organization and for individuals.
  • Identification of leadership actions you’ll use to support implementation of your school’s change initiatives.
  • A plan of action to begin a Curiosity Works approach to school improvement.

While individual school leaders can register and attend this session on their own, it is strongly recommended that multiple members of your school leadership team attend this session together, to maximize strategic visioning and planning for the 2019-2020 school year.

Registration fee: $399 per person. Includes 2-day workshop, book and materials, lunches, and refreshments. 

Questions? Need More Information? Ordering by P.O.?
Contact Roger Fiedler at McREL International, at rfiedler@mcrel.org or 303-632-5579.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check in/Registration
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Professional Learning (lunch provided on site)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Professional Learning (lunch provided on site)

Agenda Topics:

  • What Matters Most for Student Success
  • Stages of Improvement: Pivoting from External to Internal Accountability
  • Getting Ready: What's Your School's Guiding Purpose and Shared Vision?
  • Creating Hopeful Urgency for Change
  • Charting a Course for Your School's Improvement Journey
  • Focusing Everyone on High-Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Supporting Professional Learning and Collaboration
  • Building a Purposeful School Community that has Collective Efficacy
  • Reflection and Application: Developing a Plan of Action