Registration Deadline for 2008 Administrative Leadership Institute is Oct. 31

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The 26th Annual Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI) will take place Nov. 19-20, 2008, in College Station, Texas.

Superhero Texas School Leaders Close The Student Achievement Gap: A Vision Fulfilled.

The 26th Annual Administrative Leadership Institute (ALI) will take place Nov. 19-20, 2008, in College Station, Texas. The theme is "Superhero Texas School Leaders Close The Student Achievement Gap: A Vision Fulfilled." Held at the College Station Hilton Hotel and Conference Center, the conference will explore how school administrators are successfully closing the achievement gap.

The theme was selected to reflect the dedicated service of educators. "Comic books and high profile box office hits don't know one thing about superheroes. If you want to find the real superheroes, visit the classrooms and administration building of Texas public schools," said John Hoyle, director of ALI.

Virginia Collier, co-director of ALI, said that attendees can expect "the tight focus and unique blend of solid research and practical application for which ALI is noted. There is no 24-hour period in which an educator can learn more, receive more inspiration and link more closely with colleagues than the 24 hours spent at Texas A&M's Administrative Leadership Institute."

The much-anticipated golf tournament will start at 8 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 19 at the Texas A&M University Golf Course.

On Wednesday night, an opening banquet at the Miramont Country Club in Bryan will feature Elsa Murano, president of Texas A&M, as speaker. The Golden Deeds Award will be presented to Bill McKinney, executive director of the Region 4 Education Service Center (ESC) in Houston, and the John R. Hoyle Award for Educational Leadership will be given to Ted Moore, superintendent of Lovejoy Independent School District (ISD). The T. M. Stinnett Academic Fellowship Award and the Paul R. Hensarling Distinguished Graduate Student Award will also be presented.

Thursday morning, Tim Waters, executive director of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, will share benchmark research findings about extraordinary executive leadership toward high-performing schools. Afterward, several Texas superintendents, including David Anthony from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Susan Simpson from Grand Prairie ISD; and Fred Brent from Anderson-Shiro CISD, will discuss how these findings are being actualized in their school districts. They will be joined by Linda Villarreal, deputy director for Instructional Services at Region 2 ESC in Corpus Christi.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit http://eahr.tamu.edu/articles/administrative_leadership_institute. Questions also may be addressed to John Hoyle at jhoyle@tamu.edu or 979.845.2748 or to Virginia Collier at vcollier@tamu.edu or 979.862.1336. Registration deadline is Fri., Oct 31. Attendance is limited to 200.

Sponsored by the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M, the Texas Association of School Administrators and PBK Architects, ALI is designed to focus on a critical issue that will help school leaders create or transform schools to help all children become successful students and people.

Contact: Dr. John Hoyle, 979.845.2748, jhoyle@tamu.edu

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