Expert Leaders Series

A collection of learning opportunities, that builds awareness
of innovative thinking on education issues.

Led by visionary thinkers through presentations and group discussions, the series is designed to inspire principals, and others, to leadership that will create schools where all children can achieve.

Upcoming Sessions

To Be Announced Soon

Previous Sessions

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Ken Williams

Oct. 17, 2016

Starting a Movement: Building Culture From the Inside-Out


Why do some schools show steady progress implementing Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) while others stall? Some believe successful schools are lucky, located the ‘right area,’ or have access to better teachers, leaders, and funding. While a variety of factors are influential, one of the biggest factors is recognizing the paradigm shifts that determine whether schools have a culture of learning-for-some or one of learning-for-all. Ken Williams will make clear the shifts aligned with a culture of high levels of learning for all.

Doug Lemov

March 9, 2017

Teach Like a Champion

Book cover: "Successful Women Think Differently" by Valorie Burton

Valorie Burton
September 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meeting location:
Meadowcreek High School
4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093

“Women in Leadership”

Successful Women Think Differently 

You are capable of far more than you know. Scientific studies prove successful people think differently than the average person. They make decisions differently, set goals differently, and bounce back from failure and adversity differently. In this intriguing and energetic presentation, Valorie Burton will help you and your audience:

  • pinpoint your thinking style and make adjustments to improve performance
  • understand why talent isn’t enough and how to develop the self-control that will take you to the next level
  • understand why how you explain your success and failure predicts more about your potential than you think
  • how to focus on solutions, not problems.

Work/Life Balance: How to Excel at Work and Energize Your Life 

People are living at a faster pace and under higher expectations than ever before in history. How do you thrive at work and still enjoy a healthy personal life? Using relatable stories and surprising research, Valorie Burton gives audiences practical tools for excelling at work when there is more to do and less time to do it. You will learn how to:

  • Say “yes” to what matters by saying “no” more often.
  • Increase your day-to-day joy and fun, even when your schedule feels routine.
  • Make time for the people and activities that nourish your mind, body and spirit.


Sessions are open to all but are especially designed for central office leaders, principal, assistant principals, instructional coach or teacher leader this session is of interest to you.  Teams from the same school are invited and encouraged to attend.

How to Register

Contact us at 404-413-8257 or email



Principals Center Partner: Regular $220; Early Bird $190
For partners only, each fifth person is FREE (from the same school)
Non-Partner: Regular $270; Early Bird $240

* Partners may be individuals, schools, associations or collection of schools, or school systems. Contact the Center, your principal or your system’s professional development office to ascertain whether you are a member or not.

* The Expert Leader Series registration fee (one day event from 9:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m.) includes continental breakfast and lunch per participant.

Register for the Expert Leader Series 

To become a partner of the Principals Center contact Dionne Cowan at 404-413-8257 or email her at

Dr. Shaun Harper — "Cashing the Check on Educational Equity in 2016"  This session was of interest to central office leaders, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches or teacher leaders.

Dr. Jim Knight — "Focus on Teaching — Using Video for High-Impact Instruction" — In Focus on Teaching, the book and workshop, Jim Knight turns the vast and disruptive potential of video recording to reach new levels of excellence in schools.

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs — "Bold Moves: Leading a Right Now School for the Contemporary Learner" — How can we make the transition from “old school” to contemporary learning environments? Simply having technologies does not guarantee modern, relevant, and rigorous teaching and learning. If we want digitally literate, media savvy, and globally connected learners, then we need the same in our teachers and in leadership. The assessment dilemma facing educators will be a key focus of Heidi Hayes Jacobs’ presentation, as she will raise the possibility of accountability for innovation in combination with more effective methods for assessing foundational skills. Heidi will provoke our thinking and share examples of innovative 21st century programs and practices in action from around the world.

Eric Sheninger — "Digital Leadership" — Digital Leadership is a focused guide to using the many new channels of modern communication to engage families, tell your school’s story, inspire staff growth and connection and bring new relevance to the classroom.

Gallup Strength Finder Session — What makes an outstanding principal.

If you are a central office leaders, principal, assistant principals, instructional coach or teacher leader this session is of interest to you.  Teams from the same school are invited and encouraged to attend.