K-8th Grade Teachers, Coaches, Administrators (Deans, Directors, Principals, Superintendents, and Assistant Superintendents)
Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator at Harvard Project Zero
From the first day of school we begin the process of growing a culture of thinking. We do this by marshaling each of the eight cultural forces (expectations, time, modeling, language, routines, interactions, opportunities and the physical environment) as we teach day-by-day, week-by-week, and month-by-month. While each force is important in building a strong and cohesive culture, our interactions with students early on are especially salient in setting the tone and building the relationships and trust we need for a productive year.
This keynote session will focus on important ways we interact with students to build a culture of thinking while exploring the skill-set and mindsets needed to use these tools most effectively. The end of the school year provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on how we have built a culture of thinking with our current students, learn from effective practices of others, and begin to prepare for the next school year.
Superintendent of Tri-Town School Union
Scott Morrison is the Superintendent of the Tri-Town School Union, a PreK-6th grade school district serving the towns of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield. As a former teacher, principal, and Director of Curriculum and Technology, Scott has spent over 25 years in the field of public education. Scott holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and recently received his doctoral degree at Northeastern University where he focused his research on Crisis Leadership.
Check-In and Continental Breakfast [Lobby and Grand Ballroom]
Welcoming Greeting [Grand Ballroom]
Opening Remarks [Grand Ballroom]
Lunch [Grand Ballroom]
Keynote Speaker [Grand Ballroom]
The city of Lowell, Massachusetts was founded in 1836 as a mill town. It lies at the junction of the Concord and Merrimack rivers 25 miles northwest of Boston. Lowell's textile mills and factories made it the country's first planned industrial town. Lowell is known as “the cradle of the American Industrial Revolution” since it was the first large-scale industrial town in the country.
Today, Lowell is an exciting cultural center and arts community. Umass Lowell Inn and Conference Center is located within Lowell's Canalway Cultural District, home to many of Lowel's top cultural attractions, including theaters, art galleries, parks, and museums.
To inspire your stay, check out the Lowell National Historical Park to find museums, galleries, exhibits and tours that explore the living legacies of the Industrial Revolution in the city. Learn more about Lowell's Canalway Cultural District and more at www.likelowell.com
*Information about Lowell adapted from