Participants started by introducing themselves through the discussion of various quotes and how they connect to their work in their districts and schools. There are many veterans to NTI as well as first-time participants, which made the conversations during this session engaging and fruitful.
Groups participated in the World Café protocol and looked at case studies that described different styles and effects of implementation of the Expeditionary Learning ELA modules. Discussions centered around school/district culture, leadership experience and styles, change, communication, data-driven instruction, informing the community, targeted professional development, collaboration, and consensus building. This led to an introspective discussion among participants about how this protocol can help in their own school or district with an aim of building a solution-oriented culture.