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Bay Area School Culture Summit – January 2018

We are thrilled to invite you to join us on January 29 – 30,  2018 in San Ramon, California (Bay Area) as we bring together some of the nation’s top educators to talk about shifting school culture, forever.

What is the Summit and who should come? 

This highly interactive workshop will consist of a blend of large group collaboration; short presentations and time to work with your team on your school culture journey. We recommend bringing 3 – 5 of your staff members, including one administrator, an activities person and a person of influence on your campus.

How it works:

  • School culture summits are held over 2 days and schools are invited to bring a team of 3 to 5 staff members.
  • We ask you bring at least one administrator, an activities person, and a person of influence in the school culture.
  • Typically, our school culture summits are limited to no more than 12 teams, to help expose you to diverse thought in a close-knit working environment. In addition to working with our presenters, teams from each school will have built-in collaboration time to create a plan for their specific school.

Topics we cover:

  • Who and what drives school culture,  making positive shifts in school culture & building a community of trust
  • Moving staff from silos to collaboration & involving parents in creating positive school culture
  • Practical tools to evaluate where you feel your school is doing well and where you could focus for an even stronger culture and then the tools to create a starting plan for going back to campus.

The Bridges Golf Club 

9000 S. Gale Ridge Rd. San Ramon, CA 94582

See location and directions here.

Each school is responsible for their own Lodging & Transportation to the event.

Closest Airports: 

  • Oakland International Airport is about 40 minutes from the venue.
  • San Jose International Airport is about 45 minutes from the venue.

Hotels in the Area:

Since our group size is small, we do not offer a block room rate any of the hotels. We recommend using a search engine like Priceline to search for hotels that would fit within your school’s budget.

The event will be from 8:30am to 5:30pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 and 8:30am to 3:00pm on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

High-Level Agenda:

Day One: 

  • Kick-Off with Phil Boyte as he shares from his own experience of over 30 years visiting schools across the nation.
  • Short 20 minute presentations from educators who are on their own culture journey.
  • Opportunities to learn from others in your same role and different roles on campus.
  • Time with your team to get clear on where your school is doing great and what your biggest areas of opportunities might be.

Day Two: 

  • A few more short presentations sharing real experience and real ideas.
  • Innovation Session to help create clarity on how to focus once back on campus.
  • Group brainstorm to offer new ideas.
  • Final time with your team to develop a real plan for going back to your campus.
  • Wrap-up by Phil Boyte.

A draft agenda will be sent to registered guests a few weeks prior to the event.

Summit Price includes the 2 day Summit, a light breakfast and lunch on both days and tools to use in the future.

November 2017 – January 9, 2018: $699 per person 

January 10 – January 29, 2018: $750 per person

“The School Culture Summit was a fun, interactive, career changing experience in educational leadership geared toward the entire school community.” – Erin Aitken, Assistant Principal, Lodi High School (October 2017)


“Hands down best professional development ever! I am leaving excited to implement so many strategies that will have a positive impact on all staff and students!”  – Mandy Escheman, Teacher, Marysville High School


“Seriously, this was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had as an educator of 29 years! Positive, informative content that I can take back and use tomorrow. We often see and hear about trainings that say that, well… this School Culture Summit delivered it!” Rich Nichols, Principal, Del Campo High School (June 2017)


“This is a Summit every Administrator and teacher/leader should attend to develop an unbelievable school culture.” – Hugh Bursch, Assistant Principal at Heritage High School (2016)


“Talk about walking away not only inspired but with great ideas and a plan you can start implementing right away!” – Marc Gallaway, Principal, Selah Middle School. (2016)


Our school was stuck and didn’t know how to get moving again. This Summit helped us create a team with passion and vision and most importantly, we came out with a road map.” – Susan Torres, Assistant Principal at Coast High School


“I am not sure what I was expecting for these two days, but it was more than I ever could have hoped for! I can’t wait to take our ideas our group came up with back to our school and help improve an already great school. Phil and Shyana gave us the confidence to follow through with ideas that have been swimming on the periphery for quite sometime.”Kelly Abrams, Teacher and Coach at Thousand Oaks High School