The first annual symposium will be held on April 24-25, 2014, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
"Professional Capital" as defined by Andrew Hargreaves and Michael Fullan (2013), describes the professional wisdom (personal, collaborative, and decisional) derived from initial teacher training, practice, and in-service training.
This collaborative symposium, organized by the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota along with representatives from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), the North Dakota LEAD Center, the North Dakota Regional Education Association (NDREA), and the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders (NDCEL) aims to facilitate discourse on the impact and effectiveness of strategies designed to develop "professional capital" among a broad constituency, which includes colleges of higher education, PK-12 administrators, academic researchers, government agencies, and other professionals from North Dakota, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
This symposium will be a rich mix of practice and research with conversation, networking opportunities, hands-on workshops, and engagements with professionals and academics representing North Dakota schools of education, NDDPI, training agencies, and many other professional organizations. Each day will begin with a keynote presentation followed by a number of individual breakout sessions that will discuss the topics of teacher preparation and transition, continuing professional development, professional learning communities, communities of practice, mentorship, teacher and principal evaluation, and instructional coaching. These individual sessions are structured to encourage an open dialogue between presenters and participants in the exchange of ideas and experiences.