Required Preparation for

Creating an Effective School

Miami:    19-25 June 2017
London: 27 June - 3 July 2017
              13-19 July 2017

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  • Concerns: Bring a brief description of one issue at your school which you feel is affecting student learning, including: why you think it is an issue, what data you have to support your thinking and what question you would like help with in relation to this issue. We will use these during the course.


'How the World’s Most improved School Systems Keep Getting Better' by McKinsey and Co.  

  • Please read the pages numbered 5-22 of the article in advance of the class (included in downloadable PDF).  
  • As you are reading these pages, think about the question "How does a good school become a great school?"
  • Download the reading to the computer you will be bringing with you to the course. We will discuss it on Day 2.

Be thinking about an area for improvement at your school. Read and become familiar with the culminating task template (on downloadable PDF here) where you will plan for that improvement.



In preparation for the small group sessions in the afternoon, please bring a written (one page) scenario, dealing with a problem or situation you have confronted during your professional practice.


...a short video to prepare for your course.


Your course materials are digital. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site.  Bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability. Click here for more information about iPads and tablets. Chromebook users can use the free Kami extension to annotate.

• Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC now in order to be able to access your materials properly.

JOIN Schoology

...your required online portal for everything related to your PTC course, including all necessary course materials which will be available approximately 10 days before the start of your course. 

Use the access code from the PDF for your course dates and location to join your course group in Schoology.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Julie Ryan and Barry Dequanne (Miami)

Lee Fertig and Simon Gillespie (1st offering) and Sue Easton and James Dalziel (2nd offering) (London)