Join leadership expert Kevin R. Miller and education experts Johanna Mayra and Nathan Cureton in this exciting adventure.  We are bringing aboard fifty top teachers and administrators from around the country to learn how to transform classroom and school cultures through the power of leadership.  Learn how to increase your personal influence as educators during our two sea days. You will learn from Kevin how to apply the 4 Imperatives of Leadership in the classroom and in the school and gain practical leadership skills and tools. Ultimately, great educators are great leaders: learn how to unleash the power of personal leadership to further your influence and power.   

Professional Education Units/CEUs will be awarded and the workshop and cruise costs can be tax-deductible.

Space is limited to fifty teachers: sign up now to included on this cruise!


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What You'll Learn

The world of education is fast-moving and fast-growing.  Educators today face new challenges every single day, whether in the classroom or the boardroom.  On this cruise we intend to bring aboard a wide variety of experienced educators from around the country or even the world.  We will share best-practices on how to teach and lead.  Depending on the mix of participants, we may have both teachers and administrators and thus will have concurrent sessions or “tracks”….one for administrators and one for teachers, plus sessions with everyone together.

Note:  This cruise is best when you bring an intact team of educators from one district or region or charter/public school system so we can target directly to your unique needs.  However, we also can invite single advisors along and the exact mix of content will depend on the makeup of the participants.

PRE-CONFERENCE

Optional:  Receive a organization-wide staff Vital Signs survey and personal consultation ($4000 value) that will identify your organization's strengths and weaknesses.  This is good for an intact or larger group from within one district or school.

Optional but Recommended:  One month prior we can set up our Strength-based Educator 360 Leadership Profile.  This confidential and anonymous instrument allows your direct reports, peers and others to rate you in a series of questions aligned to eight categories of leadership success.  We will provide you the results in a private, eyes-only report, along with a self-guided interpretive workbook for you to use in creating your own personal ILDP (Individual Leadership Development Plan).  We can provide one-on-one coaching on board and after the cruise.  “Vision is the breakfast of champions, Feedback is the lunch of champions and Self-correction is the dinner of champions” (Stephen R. Covey). Let’s give you a feast and a plan!  To see a sample of the report, click here.

The first night we are on board, we will take some time to find your north star - the central purpose that you and your school revolve around. Additionally, when you arrive on board, you will receive a copy of national bestseller The 4 Disciplines of Execution, which will be the foundation for many of the topics we discuss throughout the seminar.

Curriculum:

In the two days, we will organize into concurrent tracked sessions to maximize the value for everybody who comes, depending of if you are a teacher or an administrator.  Sample content can include:

DAY 1

Morning:  Everyone together (administrators and teachers)

Customers Only Want Two Things: Winning Loyalty in a Competitive World

Start by experiencing the full workshop that we have successfully taught all around the world.  Customers only want two things:  solve my problem and leave me feeling great about the experience.   Some educators today just don’t “get it”…they don’t grasp that you are in customer service as much as any business.  Parents today have many choices for educating their children: private school, charter school, public school, home schooling and even on-line school.   Your students are a key to your success because they support school programs and activities, study harder, bully less and simply do better across the board.  Loyal parents support school activities and bond issues, trust you with their children and give you more instructional time by interfering less.  In this session you will receive our renowned deck of Hot Tip Cards and many other tools, including a copy of Kevin’s new book.

Administrator Track:

DAY 1

Morning: The Power and Skills of Strategic Level Leadership:  We will learn the difference between strategic, operational and tactical leadership in education and how you can best “stay in your lane,” providing clear vision and strategy, yet also know how to do the right amount of LBWA: Leadership by Wandering Around.  We will discuss the four imperatives of leadership, and how to build trust as an administrator/senior leader.  You will receive some great ideas and tools on how to think strategically, ahead of Day Two’s deeper dive into strategic thinking.

  • Learn how you can use Wildly Important Goals to guide your school or district towards sustainable results

  • Plan and build scoreboards that will help you hold your educators accountable and point them towards an incredibly successful shared future

  • Discover and demonstrate how to successfully delegate responsibilities to others in a way that will empower them and enable you to free up your time to drive the team forward.

Afternoon: Leading Change:  As an administrator, you must become adept at inspiring and leading your school, district or teams through change.  Here we will learn how to lead change, based on John Kotter’s book, “Leading Change” and other tools.  Identify the eight things that derail change initiatives and how to overcome them. 

 

DAY 2

Morning:  Creating a Sustainable Succession Plan. (Two hours)

Many companies are reaching the point where it is time for one generation of leaders to pass the baton to a new generation. Creating a sustainable succession plan should be an integral part of everything that you do, starting with hiring and promoting your next generation of leaders. This course will help you to identify, train, and keep the people you want leading your school for the next generation.

Morning/Afternoon: Strategic Thinking and Planning Deep-Dive

Here we will learn practical nuts-and-bolts ways of thinking strategically and creating or revising your strategic plan.  This will be highly customized around your school’s situation and current needs.

  • Create a compelling vision that will transform and propel your team to new heights.

  • Draft out, discuss and revise your current strategic plan.

  • Develop WIG’s (Wildly Important Goals) to help drive the strategy into execution.

  • Master positive accountability and how to effectively hold people and teams accountable

Note:  you will have other times on the ship to continue to discuss and work on your strategic plan.

Optional:  The Imperatives of Leadership

  • Learn the four imperatives of leadership and how to unleash these in your life professionally and personally. 

  • Learn how to lead inspiring meetings.

  • Plan and build scoreboards that will help you hold your team accountable and point them towards an incredibly successful shared future

  • Discover and demonstrate how to successfully delegate responsibilities to others in a way that will empower them and enable you to free up your time to drive the team forward.

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OUR JOURNEY*

*Sample itinerary only. VisionBound offers itineraries to the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Hawaii, and the South Pacific.

The Ship

We have selected an incredible cruise line and beautiful ship for our adventure. The cruise line is known for its service and the ship delivers all the modern conveniences you expect onboard, including specialty restaurants, entertainment, and shows.

The Itinerary

Our cruise itinerary offers us two full sea days for our workshops, In between our time in class, we will have plenty of time to relax on the ship and spend some time in beautiful Alaska.  

  • Day 1: Spend some time in Seattle at the eXperience Music Project and the iconic Space Needle in Seattle Center to get a great feel for what the city is all about. Take a trip up Capitol Hill and enjoy some of the unique shops that give Seattle a feel all of its own before arriving onboard at 4 PM.

  • Day 2: We will spend our day at sea learning about the 4 Imperatives of Leadership and how you can apply them in your classes and schools.

  • Day 3: Explore some of the most unique scenery on Earth in the Juneau area by taking in a canopy or helicopter tour of this unique temperate rain forest. Explore glaciers up close or enjoy a feast of fresh caught salmon.

  • Day 4: One of the most unique places in the world, Glacier Bay is home to more calving glaciers than anywhere else. Spend the day watching this magnificent landscape from the comfort of the Westerdam's decks or relaxing in one of the ship's restaurants or in the onboard spa.

  • Day 5: Take the opportunity to explore the incredibly diverse wildlife in Sitka by taking a salmon fishing trip or a nature tour where you can see bears, otters, and other wildlife that are difficult to find anywhere else. You can also spend some time exploring Sitka and discover the history of this former capital of Russian Alaska.

  • Day 6: Take a tour of the rugged Alaskan backcountry when we port in Ketchikan. Use a zodiac, Jeep, or floatplane to see this beautiful part of the world and the wildlife that live therein. When you return to the ship, administrators will spend the afternoon on board in a facilitated networking session where you will build relationships with other school administrators. This will help you discover best practices in other districts that you can bring back and implement in your schools. Additionally, you will have time for one-on-one sessions with Kevin or Lonnie to discover how you can best guide your schools into an extraordinarily bright future. Educators will spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying all the entertainment options the ship has to offer.

  • Day 7: Spend the morning learning about how you can use leadership to transform your classroom and your school and how you can influence everybody who you come in contact with for the better. As the ship docks in Victoria in the afternoon, explore this unique Canadian capital on foot and see the history and culture of this unique area. Alternatively, book an Orca watching tour to get up close and personal with these stunning mammals.

  • Day 8: Return to Seattle and disembark at 8 AM. Use your time in the morning to visit the Pikes Place Fish Market, the central hub for fishing in the United States. This is where fish from Alaska and across the Pacific is brought to shore, cleaned, and sold to restaurants across the United States.