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

Expert Leader Series

“PLC Principles: Designing Systems and 
Developing Culture ” with Regina Stephens Owens

When: December 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bibb County School District
Professional Learning Center
2003 Riverside Drive
Macon, Georgia 31201


Whether in brick and mortar, blended, or virtual environments, leaders inspire and engage by designing systems to ensure high levels of achievement for all educators and learners. How do we bring clarity of the PLC process to all stakeholders and ensure continuous improvement? Where do we begin? How do we sustain it? What leadership behaviors promote the process and cultivate the culture? Regina Stephens Owens examines the processes and protocols from a leadership perspective and brings clarity to the journey.

Participants in this session:

  • Examine their systems, structures, processes, and procedures through the lens of learning and impact on the organizational culture.
  • Learn design tools and strategies to ensure high achievement outcomes for educators and learners by creating more efficient and effective learning systems.

For more information or to register for this session, please see our ELS: Regina Owens flyer .



Previous Sessions

"Response to Intervention: Why All Means All" with Mike Mattos

Mike MattosWhen: February 15, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Fulton County Schools
North Transportation Facility
410 South Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009

RTI: Why All Means All

Mike Mattos, consultant with Solution Tree, will lead a one day workshop designed especially for educational leaders. The workshop will have these desired outcomes:

  • To build a common knowledge and language for leading and supporting the implementation of RTI.
  • To Understand the “WHY” behind RTI and the relationship to “All Means ALL.”
  • To develop an understanding of “Why” Common Formative Assessment development and use of student data by teachers is so important to having a successful RTI implementation in your school.
  • To understand the role of leadership at the district and school levels and how your role impacts students

AUDIENCE: Session is open to all educational leaders including district office leaders, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches and teacher leaders.

Mike Mattos Registration Form and Flyer 


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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.

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Doug Lemov

March 9, 2017

Teach Like a Champion

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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, principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches or teacher leaders.  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 $230; Early Bird $200
For partners only, each fifth person is FREE (from the same school)
Non-Partner: Regular $280; Early Bird $250

* 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.