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BOLT Leadership Team

 

   

Pollyanna Buff

Program Director and Elementary Coordinator

 

Christine Voigt

Middle School Coordinator

 

Kerry Gallagher

High School Coordinator

Pollyanna Buff has been an elementary school teacher for 19 years.  A graduate from Columbia College, with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Mrs. Buff has taught second and fourth grade.  She has been a fourth grade teacher at Irmo Elementary in Irmo, South Carolina, since 1999.  Mrs. Buff has helped organize student council and a leadership program at her school- I am Gold. 

Mrs. Buff has been the lead elementary BOLT leader since July 2012 and is the director of BOLT this December.  She has recently earned her National Board Certification in language and literacy and was named Irmo Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Link to BOLT Welcome Letter

 

Christine Voigt is a secondary educator and award-winning author from Dallas, Texas. Her

background is in English, geography, and life sciences and her specialty is infusing technology across the curriculum. She currently serves as the Director of Instructional Technology at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. In addition to her work at Bishop Dunne she also serves as the President of the Geospatial Technology SIG (special interest group) of the Texas Computer Education

Agency. She has been recognized at the state and national levels for her contribution to geographic education and has received multiple honors for the books Mapping Our World: GIS in Education and the Our World book series.

Mrs. Voigt is an educator with over 20 years of experience and has worked with Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for several years. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from SMU and is a member of Pi Lambda Theta Education Honor Society.

Link to Schedule at a Glance

 

Kerry Gallagher is a Technology Integration Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She taught middle and high school history in BYOD schools for 13 years and her classes were paperless. She received the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize, is a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator, and was recently recognized by Onalytica among the EdTech and Elearning: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.

Ms. Gallagher is a frequent contributing writer for EdSurge, Smarter Schools Project, ConnectSafely, and Corwin-Connect among other online publications. A sought-after speaker, she has appeared at ISTE, MassCUE, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conferences, and symposiums hosted by Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and Yale School of Management. She holds a B.A. from St. Anselm College and a J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law.

Find Kerry on Twitter @KerryHawk02 and on her website Start with a Question.

Link to High School Welcome Letter

 

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Leadership & Educational Vitality


Educators are invited to attend a Blueprint for Excellence networking event designed to inspire educators to define their brand and design engaging learning environments for all students. Come meet industry leaders sharing the latest in brain-research as it relates to Active Teaching and Learning and Integrated Thematic Units.

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

Daily Schedule


Tuesday
July 16th 2013
Wednesday
July 17th 2013
Thursday
July 18th 2013
Friday
July 19th 2013

  • 1:00 - 5:30 PM Disney Leadership Institute
  • 8:00 - 11:30 AM Field Study  (@ Epcot) Disney Leadership Strategies
  • 8:30 - 11:30 AM Field Study  (@Epcot) Introduction to Global Citizenship
  • 8:00 - 11:30 AM Field Study (@ Epcot) Fundamentals of Photo Storytelling
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch via Dining Card (At a Park)
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch via Dining Card (At a Park)
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch (At a Park)
  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM Parent Meeting
  • 1:00 – 2:45 PM Brain Research - Learning Environments (Yacht Club Convention Center)
  • 1:00 – 2:45 PM Integrated Themes & Learning Environments (Yacht Club Convention Center)
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM Brain Research Presentation (Yacht Club Convention Center)
  • 2:15 PM   Awards Banquet for Elementary
  • 2:45 PM Awards Banquet for Middle/High
Report to Yacht Club Convention Center each morning to transition to the select program. Plan to start 30 minutes earlier to transition to the designated park. Transition to the Park may consist of a 20 minute walk.

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

3-day Educator Institute Registration:  $399 – price will increase to $449 after April 15th

Agenda:  Wednesday – Friday

  • Blueprint for Excellence Leadership Sessions
  • Unlimited 4-Day Disney Park Hopper
  • Conference Amenities:  Breakfast, Lunch, T-shirt
  • $30 Disney Lunch Card

4-day Educator Institute Registration:  $574 – price will increase to $674 after April 15th

Agenda:  Tuesday Afternoon– Friday

  • Blueprint for Excellence Leadership Sessions
  • Unlimited 4-Day Disney Park Hopper
  • Conference Amenities:  Breakfast, Lunch, T-shirt
  • $30 Disney Lunch Card
  • Disney Leadership Institute Session (Tuesday 1:00 – 5:30 PM)
Attire: Educators will participate in Leadership Field Studies that includes walking tours through Disney Parks while experiencing simulations that can be integrated within the classroom. Educators will be immersed within the most dynamic learning environment, Walt Disney World. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Onsite Registration:
Yacht Club Convention Center - Please come by the Registration Desk to pick up student and educator supplies- such as name badge with lanyard, meal ticket/card, t-shirt(s) and Park Hopper(s).

  • Sunday, July 14th:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Monday, July 15th:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Tuesday, July 16th: Noon - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 17th: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, July 18th: 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Friday, July 19th: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

  • 1:00 – 5:30 PM – Meet at the Yacht Club Convention Center, Asbury Hall - A

Disney Leadership Institute

Description of Program: Leadership Excellence explores strategies and methods for improving team results through exceptional and storytelling leadership, because without strong leadership, organizations will not grow or succeed.  Learn proven leadership philosophies used to exhibit the values and behaviors that generate results – period.

*Please wear comfortable attire and shoes as the session will include a walking tour of the "Utilidor".

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Parent Meeting at the Yacht Club Convention Center, Asbury Hall – A

Parent Meeting:  For parents and guardians with registered students at the Student Leadership Institute, please meet to gather an understanding of the Student Leadership Institute Schedule, Daily Check-in/Out Procedures, Q/A Session and Extensions to Leadership Institute.

The Disney Familiarization Sessions (Disney YES Program for Educators) Offering: The Students' Disney YES Program will focus on the following themes:

  • Individual Responsibility,
  • Communication, and
  • Teamwork.

Educators will participate in select Familiarization Programs to gather information and strategies to integrate similar activities within their classrooms. Please review each of the selected programs.


Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Brain Research - Learning Environments

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Integrated Themes & Learning Environments

Friday, July 19th, 2013

  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 2:45 PM Integrated Themes & Learning Environments

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

 

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence quite simply provides the most effective and comprehensive tool for school improvement. And in doing so, empowers and guides each school community to create its own blueprint for continuously reaching new goals.

The Blue Ribbon process has had an enormously positive impact not only on our school but also on our entire district. It has also been a continuous inspiration to me as an educator and has allowed me to participate in a collaborative network of excellent educators from all over the country.

The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence improvement standards represent a comprehensive foundation for school improvement and focus clearly on doing what’s best for children. The Blue Ribbon process has been instrumental in transforming so many schools and in providing new opportunities for countless students.

Craig Martin, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching at Reading Public Schools - Reading,MA


The Blue Ribbon School Assessment Process is one that I would highly recommend. Bart and his team will provide your school with a comprehensive assessment targeting areas necessary for school success. The results allow for specific school improvement planning and a resource network of other successful schools across the country.

Danielle E. Klingaman, Principal - Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Elementary School


 


I wanted to pass this thought along...

I believe it is very difficult to argue the fact that teaching children is the most important thing we do. If you believe that, then it is imperative we educate our children using what research establishes as excellent. Blue-Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Bart's vision, allows educators, without restriction, the opportunity to measure what we provide for children in our schools.  In doing that, we know we are fulfilling the awesome  responsibility we have before us.

Mike Morris Ed.D, Principal - St. Ann School


The school improvement model has provided the blueprint for each school to target specific opportunity areas and maximize resources effectively through the use of data.

Dr. Karen Jensen, Title I Coordinator for Madison County Schools, Alabama

 


The Blueprint for Excellence School Improvement Model facilitated the transition from concept to reality; Developing a great school "someday" to implementing best practices everyday for all students!

Cathy Giles, Principal - Killam Elementary - Reading, MA


The Blue Ribbon Schools Blueprint for Excellence school assessment is the best tool that I have seen in identifying needs, and planning and implementing a comprehensive school improvement process. It is a collaborative process which involves all stakeholders in the school community as they seek to provide an outstanding educational experience for their students no matter where the starting point. The Blue Ribbon staff builds relationships with their clients and provides honest, open feedback and solutions geared towards the needs of each school. Do not miss out on this great opportunity!

Rocco Sugameli, National Distinguished Principal - Arizona


The Blueprint for Excellence process really improved our school by uniting faculty members and stakeholders towards one common cause, properly identifying researched-based standards to improve the culture and climate of the school, and by providing a framework to work towards moving our school from good to great.  This process also enabled us to celebrate some great things we were already doing, while identifying areas of opportunity for improvement.

 Antonio Williams, Principal - Hayneville Middle School - Hayneville, Alabama


 

 

Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow!

WHAT: 2013 Summer Leadership Institute

WHEN: July 16-19th, 2013

WHERE: Walt Disney World® Resort, FL
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort®

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

Onsite Registration:
Yacht Club Convention Center - Please come by the Registration Desk to pick up student and educator supplies- such as name badge with lanyard, meal ticket/card, t-shirt(s) and Park Hopper(s).

  • Sunday, July 14th:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Monday, July 15th:  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Park Hopper Pick-up Only)
  • Tuesday, July 16th: Noon - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 17th: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Thursday, July 18th: 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Friday, July 19th: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Student Leadership Institute Participants
Register your students (Rising 4-12th Graders) for an unforgettable collaboration project with students from around the country. The Summer Student Leadership Institute, Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow, will provide students an opportunity to engage in collaborative learning environments while experiencing world class leadership field studies.

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

Student Leadership Institute Sessions: 3-Day Institute Registration $399 EARLY REGISTRATION RATE Expires April 15th. After April 15th, prices will increase to $449.

  • Student Leadership Institute Session
  • Disney’s Youth Educational Series Programs
  • Unlimited 4-Day Disney Park Hopper®
  • Conference Amenities: Breakfast & Lunch & T-Shirt
  • $30 Disney Lunch Card

Kick-Off Session, Tuesday, July 16th

Day 1: Wednesday, July 17th

Day 2: Thursday, July 18th

Day 3: Friday, July 19th

5:00 - 6:30 PM Student Session Parent Check-In Parent Check-In Parent Check-In
6:00 - 6:30 Parent Meeting Transition to Park Transition to Park Transition to Park
Breakfast - Goodie Bag Provided Disney YES Program Disney YES Program Disney YES Program
  Lunch @ Park via Meal Card Lunch @ Park via Meal Card Lunch @ Park via Meal Card
  Transition to Yacht Club Transition to Yacht Club Transition to Yacht Club
  BOLT Sessions BOLT Sessions BOLT Sessions
  Parent Check-Out Parent Check-Out Parent Check-Out

Lodging Information:

Disney Lodging Reservation at Yacht Club

To reserve rooms at Disney's Yacht Club, select the following link or call the Reservation Line at: 407-939-4686 and a Disney agent can assist you http://www.disneyurl.com/BRSESummerStudentLeadershipInstitute2013

Room Block available for July 11-24th, 2013. Room Block ends June 14th, 2013.

Eventbrite - Summer 2013 Leadership Institute

WHAT: 2013 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference!

WHEN: December 10-13th, 2013

WHERE: Walt Disney World® Resort, FL
Disney's Contemporary Resort® Special Group Rate of $164 a-night. Call 407-939-4686 or use the following link to access Disney's Lodging Information & Reservation Site for Contemporary Resort. The Room Block Available December 8-15th, 2013.

Eventbrite - 2013 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference

2013 National Conference Schedule

This premier educational event will help you lead the education revolution in your school and across your district as we will explore

   * how students (and teachers) become mobile learners,
   * how teachers and principals can lead the revolution from the middle, and
   * how teachers can build a community of learners within their classroom and throughout the school.

Over 90 breakout sessions will help teachers, principals and superintendents embrace new project-based learning concepts, seamlessly integrate today's technology into lesson planning, and hold both students and teachers accountable for developing a learning environment that meets students' individual needs. 

Speakers

 

Tuesday, December 10th - Pre-Conference Day

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM - Morning Registration
9:00 AM - Noon - Technology Tuesday Session
Noon - 1:00 PM - Afternoon Registration
1:00 PM  - 5:30 PM - Disney Leadership Institute -  [SOLD OUT] 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Evening Registration

Wednesday, December 11th - Day I

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM - Breakfast @ Conference Hall
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Opening Ceremony with Travis Allen
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Concurrent Session A
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM - Concurrent Session B
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM - Lunch @ Conference Ballroom
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM - Concurrent Session C
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Concurrent Session D

6:00 PM Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Awards Banquet

Thursday, December 12th - Day II

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Registration
8:00 AM - Noon - School Site Visits
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Concurrent Session
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM - Concurrent Session
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM - Blue Ribbon Talks with Craig Martin & Ali Weimer
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - The Blue Ribbon Cafe' with David Walsh

Friday, December 13th - Day III

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Registration
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Closing Session A in Conference Ballroom with David Walsh
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM - Concurrent Session B
11:00 AM - Noon - Concurrent Session C
Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch On Your Own

2:00 PM - Culminating Activity - Proceed to Monorail to travel to Epcot.
Must arrive at Epcot's Guest Relations Window at park entrance by 4:00 PM.

4:00 PM - Arrive at Epcot's Guest Relations Window (Walk as a group to American Gardens Theater)
5:00 - 5:45 PM - Candlelight Processional
6:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner On Your Own within Epcot
9:00 PM Dessert Reception & Illuminations


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