Don't Miss Jimmy Casas and the Annual LeaderShift 2018 Summer Conference! A Unique Professional Learning Experience!

Lead the Cultural Shift with Jimmy Casas and Colleagues! 


Program Description:

It is with great enthusiasm that the Office of Educational Leadership at Ramapo College of NJ, in collaboration with Springboard21 Education Solutions, TMI Education, and sponsoring organizations, invite your participation in its annual Summer Educational Leadership Conference, LeaderShift 2018: Fostering School Cultures that Inspire Greatness for Extraordinary and Uncertain Times.

The annual LeaderShift Conference is a unique professional learning series that offers a lifeline to overtaxed school leaders struggling with the challenge of how to be effective visionaries and instructional leaders, while at the same time managing the day-to-day operation of their school organizations in these very challenging times. Led by an experienced and talented team of international conference developers, educational leaders, keynoters, and facilitators, LeaderShift 2018 will engage participants in a highly interactive, self-directed professional development experience through a combination of informative and inspiring keynote presentations, breakout sessions, purposeful activities,  collaborative inquiry, web-based tools, and digital resources. Together, participants will lead a cultural shift across our educational communities that will promote kindness, compassion and joyful learning, and inspire greatness in every student... everyday... whatever it takes!

Specifically, the Leadershift 2018 Conference will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy personal development with other passionate leaders.
  • Re-charge and re-inspire themselves in a bucolic setting.
  • Enhance their ability to foster a culture that promotes collegiality, collaboration, and perpetual learning for all members of their school community - students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and business community.
  • Enhance their knowledge of leadership models and strategies for cultural change.
  • Advance their competencies and dispositions, specifically to lead, manage, and, ultimately, affect purposeful change.
  • Examine and apply proven research-based strategies to effectively address leadership challenges.
  • Utilize inquiry-based problem-solving processes to collaboratively explore, identify, examine, and prioritize leadership challenges.
  • Extend their professional network in support of sustained leadership growth and development. 

Targeted Audience:

  • All administrators, educational specialists, teacher leaders, and aspiring leaders who are committed to advancing their leadership skills, competencies, and dispositions, specifically to lead, manage, and, ultimately, affect purposeful change and school improvement within their organization.
  • All educators who passionately believe in the need for a cultural shift, so as to inspire greatness and best prepare our students for their life and work in modern times.
  • All educators who value collaborative-based inquiry as a means to promote creative and innovative problem-solving.

LeaderShift 2018 Conference Schedule (Tentative)

Sunday, July 15 - LeaderShift 2018 Pre-conference Social:

  • 4:00-4:30pm - Pre-Conference Registration and Check-in
  • 4:30-5:30pm - Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails with Colleagues 
  • 5:30-7:30pm - Dinner and Networking

Monday, July 16 - LeaderShift 2018 Day 1:

  • 8:00-8:30am - Registration and Check-in
  • 8:30-9:00am - Networking/Continental Breakfast with Colleagues 
  • 9:00-9:15am - Welcome, Conference Introduction and Day 1 Overview
  • 9:15-10:45am - Keynote: Leading the Cultural Shift: Fostering School Cultures that Inspire Greatness in Extraordinary and Unprecedented Times; Mr. Jimmy Casas, Author of Culturize
  • 11:00-12:15pm - Breakout Session A
  • 12:15-1:15pm - Lunch
  • 1:15-2:30pm - Breakout Session B
  • 2:45-3:00pm - Closing/Plenary Session - Day 1

Monday, July 17 - LeaderShift 2018 Day 2:

  • 8:00-8:30am - Registration, Check-in and Networking/Continental Breakfast with Colleagues 
  • 8:30-8:45am - Welcome and Day 2 Overview
  • 8:45-10am - The Ed Leadership SIMS Experience! (for more information, see
  • 10:00-12pm - Leading the Cultural Shift; Team-driven SIMS Creation
  • 12:00-1:00pm - Lunch 
  • 1:00-1:45pm - SIMS Fair and Carousel Walk
  • 1:45-2:15pm - Leading the Cultural Shift Together: A Global Perspective
  • 2:15-2:30pm - Closing Ceremony

Registration Information:

Includes LS2018 conference registration, pre-conference dinner, continental breakfast and lunch (Days 1 and 2) and personal copy of Culturize*...

  • Enrolled RCNJ Students - NO COST! (Please indicate next to Last Name (i.e., "Jones - RCNJ Student") 
  • RCNJ Alumni - $149 (please indicate next to Last Name (i.e., "Jones - RCNJ Alumni") 
  • BCPSA and BCASA Members - $249.00 (please indicate next to Last Name (i.e., "Jones - BCASA")
  • Super Early Bird (thru 4/30/18) - $299.00
  • Early Bird (thru 6/1/18) - $349.00
  • Standard Registration (after 6/1/18) - $429.00
  • Register as a LeaderShift Team and Save! Register three colleagues from the same school, district, or organization, and the fourth registration is absolutely free! IMPORTANT! All four registrations must identify the same district or organizational name in the respective online registration form. For more information, contact: [email protected]
  • To receive copy of CULTURIZE in advance of the conference, please register by June 1, 2018
  • Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

    • a full refund;
    • transfer to another, upcoming workshop/event date and location (space permitting); or
    • credit toward a future workshop/event. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)
  • Room Accommodations:
    • On-campus rooming is available for the significantly reduced rate of $79/participant.
    • Or, for information regarding local hotel availability, rates, etc., click here.


Meet special guest and keynoter, Jimmy Casas!

Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report. 

Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge.  In 2015, he received the Bammy Award as the National Secondary Principal of the year. Jimmy is the Co-Founder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat, Finally, Jimmy is also the author of three books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “START.RIGHT.NOW.,” and his latest release, “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes.”

Jimmy is currently a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education, serves as an adjunct professor for Drake University, teaching courses in educational leadership, and is a member of the Professional Development Faculty for NASSP; the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Finally, he is the co-founder and CEO of ConnectEDD, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing world class professional learning conferences (What Great Educators Do Differently) and professional development services for educators across the country.