Spend 2 days in the San Francisco Bay Area with your leadership team, learning valuable skills to help you transform instruction in your district. Goalbook’s 5th Annual Instructional Leadership Symposium features 3 different tracks, designed to help you focus on areas that will make the biggest impact.
Learn to tackle complex, systemic challenges by applying the methodology of designing, testing, and iterating simple and actionable solutions.
Maximize the impact of Goalbook’s instructional resources by working closely with Goalbook’s team to thought partner on your key implementation levers and desired outcomes.
Take research-based practice around professional development back to your districts to create a rigorous culture around instructional coaching.
It’s estimated that 9 out of 10 startups fail in the first three years. Similarly, many instructional initiatives at school districts fail at accomplishing their goals.
At Goalbook, our team has focused on learning how to apply implementation science and design thinking principles to ensure successful implementations in real districts. At our Instructional Symposiums, we help you work through your own instructional challenges, and bring research based practices back to your district.
You won’t find the usual conference format of speakers, panels, and breakouts. Goalbook’s Summits are modeled after the rigorous instruction we hope to see in classrooms. In particular, the 4Cs of 21st Century Skills – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity – will be applied at an extended thinking level.
Each day will start with professional development topics, with participants working together on hands-on and engaging activities.
The afternoon format is best described as an instructional “hackathon”. A hackathon is a term often used to describe an event in which people meet to engage in collaborative problem solving. During this time, you’ll work together in diverse teams to discuss, plan, and create practical solutions to the shared challenges you face as instructional leaders.
An essential component of Goalbook Symposiums is the valuable feedback throughout the process. Instructional leaders give and receive feedback to each other’s teams, receive feedback from educators via user interviews, and also from Goalbook’s team of Design Facilitators.
The Institute culminates in a Showcase: each team presents and shares their work with everyone in an interactive format. Following the Institute, attendees will have access to all of the resources teams develop and present. Be prepared to be an active participant!
We have a hard cap on the # of attendees at each Institute, so register early for a spot!
Please read this section carefully. We ask each partner to fulfill the following requirements for registration:
The Symposium for May 2020 has been cancelled and we will plan to reschedule for a later date. We will be in contact with those who have registered and paid to issue you a full refund.
We hope you plan to spend the weekend here! Every corner of the Bay offers a uniquely Californian experience.
For those staying local, take a nice walk along Lake Merritt for some fresh air or hike in the Redwood Regional Park. Enjoy some jazz and sushi at Yoshi’s in the vibrant Jack London Square. Take a free tour of the UC Berkeley campus or view the current exhibits at the Oakland Museum. Berkeley and Oakland are very eclectic cities that have flourished through social activism and community involvement.
The bustling city consists of multiple distinct neighborhoods for every taste. Indulge in signature Italian American flavors in Little Italy located in North Beach. Go on a walking tour through Castro and Mission to learn about the social movements that took root here and spread across the country. The Embarcadero Ferry Building has a wonderful selection of small markets and shops to enjoy for Bay Area staples. If you prefer to avoid large groups, download the Detour app to listen to guided tours of historic parts of the city.
Have some time? Explore the great outdoors in San Francisco by visiting Sutro Baths with the many coastal trails. Stop for a photo opportunity at Baker Beach or the Marina green with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. If you want to adventure over the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a quaint little town that offers wonderful restaurants and panoramic views of San Francisco.
Our country’s finest wines are made right here. Join a wine tasting tour to sip on reds and whites, learn how wines are made, and feast on delicious Californian fare. Your experience will be enhanced by spectacular surrounds of historic caves and rolling hills. If you find a wine you like, wineries will lovingly pack up your prized bottles and ship them to your doorstep. Many of the best wineries require a reservation so you’ll want to do some advanced planning.
Feel the city disappear behind you as you appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific coast. Stroll along the beach and relax over cocktails at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Mendocino evokes an otherworldly beauty. Everyone who steps foot into Mendocino’s majestic redwoods will feel whisked away into a land forgotten by time where trees grow in twisted shapes and reach far beyond the sky. Venture into the woods to discover the hidden trails of Mendocino. Walk along the wondrous Glass Beach to witness how nature conspired with man to turn decades worth of garbage into smoothened glass pebbles.
Just two hours south of San Mateo, Monterey Bay is a rich marine environment that’s home to whales, seals, sea lions, otters, and other wildlife. Hop on a boat to watch a variety of whale species, such as minke whales, killer whales, dolphins, and porpoises, which are sighted year-round.
The charming beach town is a quaint mix of storybook architecture reminiscent of Europe, white sands, and sparkling blue water. Actor and director Clint Eastwood was once mayor of this town and visitors come from around the world to appreciate bohemian art in local galleries, shop, wine, and dine.