Scaling Success

Meeting the Needs of All Learners

July 11 – 15, 2016 | Sacramento, CA DoubleTree Hotel

Bring Your Team

Take Back a Plan & Tools to Scale Your Work

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Gain the tools you need to significantly impact student success and help all students develop the skills and capacities they need to succeed and lead in the 21st century.

This highly interactive five-day professional development program brings together district- and school-wide teams of teachers, administrators, students and business/community members with renowned leaders in the fields of education and systems thinking.

Come to Camp Snowball to:

  • Improve and practice your organizational learning and systems thinking skills.
  • Learn how they support educational decisions and systems on all levels – from classroom to district.
  • Share with and learn from colleagues from districts of all sizes from around the country, esteemed faculty, your team, and with leading thinkers in education and systems thinking.
  • Participate in transformational discussions about difficult topics, such as equity and privilege, with a wide range of community constituents.
  • Develop plans to scale your work so you can meet the needs of all learners in your school and district.

Peter Senge, Camp Snowball Host


Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, is the Co-host of Camp Snowball.

The Strength of Teams

Teams build critical mass and local capacity by  substantially increasing the impact of participation. They improve the likelihood that new approaches will be adopted on a wider basis by the home district or school.

Engaging community organizations and businesses both in underwriting a district’s Camp Snowball participation and also by attending, increases the success of implementing new systemic and classroom approaches developed at Camp Snowball. This kind of on-the-ground support creates additional commitment to this work for the future.

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"Camp Snowball brought our team closer. Because of the new skills they gained, they are starting to see and think about their work differently -- how does it fit with what others in the district are doing. These tools can be used by everyone, and we need everyone involved." - Steve Martinez Superintendent Twin Rivers USD, CA
"Camp Snowball gives you the tools you can use in the classroom, at your meetings with principals, at the district level, and with the governing board. Looking at all the changes as a system helps you see their interconnectedness, so that you can find ways and tools to manage change." - Parvin Ahmadi Superintendent Castro Valley USD, CA

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Moving from Blame to Accountability

By Marilyn Paul, Bridgeway Partners,

The Systems Thinking approach to moving from blame to accountability.

Download this timeless article in which Marilyn Paul shares some tools and approaches that will help us end the "blame game" and be more productive in our work or wherever we interact with others – at home, in the classroom, in a department, a school, the district office, or between different parts of the organization.

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