Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Juan Rodriguez

Juan Rodriguez from Framingham, Massachusetts had been a principal of elementary and middle schools in urban and suburban schools for 27 years. Juan is currently serving as an evaluator of the administrator's licensure for the state of Massachusetts and has been a member of AMLE’s Leadership Institute Faculty since 2006. Juan was the Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. His middle school had been designated a Spotlight School, a Compass School and the top performing middle school for ELL learners. Juan completed the National Institute of School Leadership program (NISL) and has been a mentor of principals. He has presented at national and state conferences on ELLs, leadership, school safety, and middle level organization. Juan was the coordinator of the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program at Framingham State University. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association Middle Level Committee and the Education Professional Standards Committee at FSU. Juan was recognized as a distinguished alumni and is currently serving as the vice president of Framingham State's Alumni Board of Directors.

Featured Sessions

Friday - November 8, 2019
From Me to Me: Personalized Leadership Growth
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
Can you lead? Through open conversations, hands-on experiences, case study, and reflections, participants will begin to build their leadership capacity to create successful middle level schools. Using deep reflections, participants will understand the abilities they have and the areas they need to work on to become better middle level leaders. This session will help participants launch a personalized leadership plan.

Saturday - November 9, 2019
Difficult Conversations
Strand - Principal and Teacher Leadership that Transforms
In this era of accountability, teachers are increasingly required to demonstrate their effectiveness. Leaders are placed in the role of coaching and developing the skills of others. It is easy to give feedback to a colleague when that feedback is positive, but we get stuck when we have to give "cool" feedback to our peers or colleagues. What knowledge and skills are needed to give effective feedback? Asking everyone to give just a little more and "push it" requires strong relationships, a culture of trust and accountability, commitment to high expectations, the ability to handle healthy conflict and debate, tact, and a lot of patience with one another.