Annual EdLeader Conference! LeaderShift 2018 - Leading the Cultural Shift: Fostering School Cultures that Inspire Greatness for Extraordinary and Uncertain Times

Lead the Cultural Shift with Jimmy Casas and Colleagues! 

A personal invitation from Jimmy - CLICK HERE!


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 authentic simulations and inquiry-based problem-solving processes to collaboratively explore, identify, examine, and resolve 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):

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

Tuesday, 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 - NO COST (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.

Additional Information:

  • For LeaderShift 2018 Conference Flyer, click here.
  • For LeaderShift 2018 Conference Brochure, 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.




Meet special guest and session facilitator, Ken Spero!

Ken Spero is CEO of Ed Leadership Sims, LLC, whose objective is to use computer based simulation to build resilience, leadership skills, and decision-making capacity in large numbers of Administrators. He has been in the simulation field for more than 25 years focusing on how to capture and deploy Experience in an efficient and scaleable manner to enable the adage that “Experience is the Best Teacher.” Ken developed the Experience Design Process for simulation development that enables practitioners to articulate their own experiences and the thinking that went into their decisions in a manner which can be effectively shared with others. In 2009, he designed and launched the Immersive Learning University for NexLearn which continued the work he began with Humentum which he co-founded in 2003. Ken is also part of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania GSE where he teaches Experience Design and Simulation Technology as part of the CLO Learning Leadership doctoral program offered by GSE and Wharton and the MedEd Master's program between GSE and the School of Medicine.

Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives. He has spent the last 25 years in and around simulations. Through his career, Ken has developed and implemented training simulations and courses in the following areas: Financial Selling, Building the Business Case, Sales Management Leadership, Strategic Management, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Successful Project Leadership, and Choosing the Appropriate Medium for Delivery of Organizational Development Interventions. 

Ken earned his MBA from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Education Leadership Sims (ELS) is a new venture established in partnership with the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn GSE). ELS’ core objective is to use the concepts of Experience Design to build knowledge, skills, and decision-making capacity in large numbers of educational leaders through the use of computer based simulation. ELS will use simulations as “apprenticeships in a box” to address interpersonal and organizational issues representing some of the most contextual and challenging aspects of education leadership, because these topics are so hard to teach. ELS will work uniquely to strengthen the profession’s capacity for peer leadership development by creating opportunities for practitioners to both be developed by targeted simulations and also participate in the development of new ones using their own experiences as source material to be shared. Our program will: 1) improve teaching and learning in a significant, sustainable, and scalable way and 2) generate self-sustainable resources around key issues in school leadership. Our program design will allow for the perpetual development, update, and improvement of these tools and ensure that they remain realistic and relevant in fueling critical conversations in educational leadership.




Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 16:00 to Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 15:00
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Event Location: 
TMI/Ramapo College - Mahwah, NJ
Event Category: 
K-12 General