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News from the School Reform Initiative

February 9, 2017

Annual Facilitator Retreat – Registration Now Open

We are excited to offer our third annual retreat for SRI facilitators who work to build internal capacity for change in schools and districts, across and among cities, states and regions, and on the international scene.

This year’s event will be held May 19th & 20th, 2017 at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Click here to learn more and register to attend. Registration is limited to 40 participants, so register ASAP!

Website Update in Progress – Your input is needed!

We are in the process of developing a new website that we are hoping to launch by March. As we think about the current structure of our website, and what we hope to shift, we’d love to hear from you! Take a few minutes to provide some feedback using our Web Survey, and help us design a site that meets your needs! The survey will be open until February 17th.

Volunteers Needed for Board Nomination Committee

When the founding members of the board of directors opened the doors of the School Reform Initiative in the fall of 2009, they were committed to creating and sustaining a mission-driven organization. Since then, SRI has continued to develop processes and opportunities for transparency and shared leadership of our governance. As we prepare to launch our 2017 election, we are looking for volunteers to help with the process of nomination of board members.

The nominating committee has three tasks:

  1. To support the nomination process and encourage members of the SRI community to be candidates in the annual election;
  2. To accept nominations on behalf of the SRI board from the field;
  3. To support nominated candidates with the application process, helping them both with the technical side of the application, but also to fully understand the role of board members.

The nominating committee will meet initially in March to discuss the process and timeline, and to schedule our work. It is our hope to have a field of candidates finalized by mid-September, with voting opening in October and closing at our annual Fall Meeting in Atlanta, November 4th, 2017. New members will be officially seated at the December board of directors meeting.

We are seeking 4-6 SRI affiliates to join this committee. We hope you will consider serving as a member of the nominating committee. Please note that by serving on the nominating committee you are not eligible to run as a candidate in this election.

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Kari ( by February 28th.

University of Florida Hosts International Teacher Leadership Conference – March 2-3

Educators from diverse locations and backgrounds are invited to the UF College of Education’s International Teacher Leadership Conference in Miami, FL from March 2-3, 2017 to explore the crucial role that teacher leaders have in improving equity, schools, and student achievement. A number of SRI affiliates and board members will be presenting and in attendance! Click here to learn more and register to attend!

Do you have news to share? Interesting things happening in your area? Please let us know so we can share with our community! Email Chris Jones,

Thank you,
Kari Thierer, Heidi Vosekas, Chris Jones, and Beth I Graham
On behalf of School Reform Initiative

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