Summer Leadership Seminar

Join Challenge Success and a dynamic group of school leaders from across the country for a one-day leadership seminar. Through interactive presentations, workshops, and dialogue with peers, you will learn new strategies to improve student well-being and promote academic engagement in your school community.


  • The application for the Summer Leadership Seminar is now closed. 
  • Friday, July 14, 2017, 8:30-4:00 p.m. | Stanford University
  • $500 per person. We can accommodate up to three attendees per school. If you wish to include a larger group, please consider applying to our School Program. For questions, contact Margaret Dunlap.
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  • Learn research-based strategies to improve student health, motivation, and engagement.
  • Network with other leaders from across the nation seeking to achieve a climate of care at their schools.
  • Explore our school change model to determine if a more intensive partnership with Challenge Success via our year-long School Program would benefit your community.


  • The Well-Balanced Student (Dr. Denise Pope): Participants will learn the latest research on student health and well-being in K-12 schools, identify sources of distress and disengagement at their school sites, and discuss root causes, symptoms, and concrete strategies for improving student health and engagement.
  • Making Homework Work (Dr. Denise Pope): Homework is a hot topic today. This workshop examines critical questions for educators to consider: What is the purpose of homework? How much homework is appropriate? What is the difference between rigor and load? In this workshop, you’ll learn the latest research and best practices for creating effective homework assignments and policies.
  • Design Thinking Sprint (Jon Kleiman): In this interactive workshop, you will explore how the Design Thinking methodology can help solve the wicked problems you face. Learn how to conduct productive interviews, lead generative brainstorms, and prototype your way towards effective solutions.
  • Listening In: Protocols to Engage Community in School Change (Margaret Dunlap): It’s hard to reform policies and practices without stakeholder buy-in. Explore strategies to garner support and solicit community voices, and learn specific tools to facilitate meaningful engagement among stakeholders such as Dialogue Night, Shadow Day, and a Student Fishbowl.


  • District Leaders (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, and School Board Members)
  • School Leaders (Principals, Heads of School, Vice and Assistant Principals, Deans, and Counselors)
  • Newly hired leaders working within a Challenge Success school
  • Intended for middle school, high school, and district level leaders

For more information about the Leadership Seminar or the Challenge Success School Program, please contact Margaret Dunlap.