Bill Daggett's Topics for Speaking Engagements

The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Its Implications for Education
Artificial Intelligence—from classroom teacher to Principal to Superintendent—can pose as an unwanted challenge OR it can be an ally that relieves you of some of the tasks and responsibilities that consume your time and energy. Dr. Daggett will offer strategies that will allow you to employ AI as your co-pilot, freeing you from many of your time-consuming tasks and allowing you to focus your attention on other important matters. AI does require careful oversight, however, and Dr. Daggett will describe ways to use it responsibly and with caution. Dr. Daggett will then describe how AI will increasingly impact the workplace, home and society, which will cause a major shift in the skills, knowledge and attributes students will need to be successful in the world beyond school

System Transformation — Where Are You Now? Where Do You Want To Be In Two Years?
Dr. Bill Daggett will show HOW school systems can become future-focused by breaking out of the confines of traditional classrooms and textbooks and fostering the development of critical skills that empower students to navigate the challenges of the future. This vision of a future-focused school positions students for success in their future and not our past. Dr. Daggett will provide a description of successful innovative structures and strategies that rapidly improving districts are using, leading to improved student performance for ALL students — from the most struggling to the most gifted. Examples of tools and strategies to restructure our curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments will be provided.

Lessons Learned from Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education
Equity, social justice, Social-Emotional Learning, mental health, and a rigorous and relevant instructional program for all students are recent but critical issues that schools today are required to address. Meanwhile, the demands of the past have not gone away. The brick-and-mortar school model of the last century with the bell schedule, boundaries, rules, regulations, certifications, tenures, contracts, and a hyper-focus on meeting proficiency on high-stakes tests continue to demand attention. While the demands continue to compound, a silver lining is emerging through the hardships brought on by COVID. It has created a tipping point for many educators, policy makers, business leaders, and parents around the immediate need to transform our education system. The pandemic has also taught us that change is possible in the ways we had not imagined even one year ago.

Dr. Bill Daggett will share emerging solutions to these challenges. He is co-chairing a National Commission named “Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-centered, Equity-focused Education” with AASA, in cooperation with several other national organizations. The National Commission was charged with identifying and documenting the cognitive and non-cognitive skills, knowledge, behaviors, and dispositions that high school graduates will need to master to prepare for the digital age workplace as citizens of a global community. They then set in motion a national search for the most successful practices at developing these skills, knowledge, behaviors, and dispositions in all students.

Dr. Daggett will share the evidence-based practices that the Commission identified to be most effective and provide suggestions on how school districts can implement these practices from classroom to boardroom.


Preparing Students for Their Future—NOT our Past
The COVID pandemic alongside the drive for social justice have consumed education leaders, teachers, students, and communities nationwide. Couple that with the accelerating impact of advancing technologies and the changing values and aspirations of young people and you will find is a tipping point in both the need for, and opportunity to address, meaningful change in and around the U.S. education system.

Dr. Daggett will lay out how the nation’s most rapidly improving schools have created a culture that is first, supportive of change and second, able to make the necessary fundamental shifts in how instruction is organized and delivered and how learners are assessed.



Beyond COVID-19: The Academic and SEL Needs of Our Students
The COVID-19 interruption brought unparalleled challenges to every school district in the country. Using the lessons we have learned from those experiences, coupled with the dramatic changes in the workplace, home, and society, Dr. Daggett will focus attention on what now needs to be done for the 2021/22 school year and beyond to prepare our students and our schools for future success – a future that will be dramatically different than the past in terms of what, how, when, and where students will learn, interact, and work.

Career Ready Trumps College Ready
So long as we keep our focus on preparing students for the next test, the next grade, and the next level of education, we will continue to focus on skills that have little relevance in the dramatically changing world. In today’s world – where lifelong learning and adaptability will define long, successful lives and careers – career ready trumps college ready, period. Taking some focus off of the test and primarily academic skills requires courage and a strategic shift in systems and instruction. Having studied those schools who have taken such decisive action, Dr. Daggett will share how you, too, can define and then close the gap between what your students need for tomorrow and what your school is providing today. It can be done.

HOW Instructional Delivery is Going to Change
How we organize and deliver instruction in PreK-12 education will change more in the next five years than is has in the last hundred. Driven by the need to move toward more rigorous and application-based skills and knowledge, the delivery system will be deeply impacted by advances in the movement from text to digital; increased use of automation technologies; gaming concepts; and the combination of augmented and mixed realities. In this session Dr. Daggett will describe and showcase how these changing technologies will change both how we organize and deliver instruction. The impact will be dramatic from student to teacher to administrator.

Rigor and Relevance for ALL Students
Highly successful schools have academically rigorous curricula that also incorporate real-world relevance. These schools understand that rigor, while essential, is not adequate to lead all students to high levels of achievement. Dr. Daggett will provide an in-depth look at the Rigor/Relevance Framework®, created by the International Center for Leadership in Education, a cornerstone of curriculum and instruction throughout the country and abroad. Two additional Rs, which are also critical to maximizing student success, will be described: relationships between student and teacher, student and student, and teacher and teacher, and opportunities for reflective thought on what is being taught and learned.

Creating Future-Focused Schools
Today’s students need to be prepared for their future. Living in a rapidly evolving global economy, students need to be able to think at higher levels, employ strong literacy and analytical skills, and solve problems in unpredictable situations. There is currently a gap between what students need and what our schools provide. To be prepared for success in today’s increasingly technology-focused and information-based society, ALL students need a rigorous and relevant learning experience. Dr. Daggett will describe how the nation’s most rapidly improving schools have created a culture to support, define, and implement innovative, rigorous learning experiences for ALL students to better prepare them for the ever-changing world.

Moving Vision to Action
From classroom teacher to principal to superintendent—and everyone in between—our school days are filled with more tasks and challenges than there are hours in a day. How can you find the time, energy, and resources to implement the most valuable, innovative practices our nation’s most rapidly improving schools are teaching us? How can you take your vision and break it down into actionable steps? Dr. Daggett will guide you through a series of action steps that will enable you to implement in your classroom, school, and district to better prepare students for success in the world in which they will work, learn, and interact.

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