2-Day Institutes for
Principals, Administrators, and Leadership Teams

Santa Barbara, CA
Co-Sponsored by Academic Innovations and
Get Focused Stay Focused National Resource Center

June16-172022Santa Barbara, CA

Principals Institute

Embark on a journey through a 10-Step process developed by The George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative to help you create, implement, and sustain your Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program.

Includes special session with Dr. Diane Hollems*

*Dr. Diane Hollems recently retired as co-chair of the community college South Central Coast Regional Consortium of eight colleges. She is also a retired dean of Santa Barbara City College where she founded their dual enrollment program and co-founded Get Focused Stay Focused. In a special session on June 17th, Diane will share information about funding available through the K12 Strong Workforce Program. She can also answer questions about Dual Enrollment strategies and challenges for your GFSF programs.

June20-212022Santa Barbara, CA

Institute for Leadership Teams

Embark on a journey through a 10-Step process developed by The George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative to help you create, implement, and sustain your Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program.

Attend as a leadership team or as a solo administrator


Results: An Action Plan Focused on Success for ALL Students—Now, in Post-Secondary, and as They Transition into the Workforce

Time is a precious commodity on any school campus. Educators want to focus on their students’ success. Therefore, to launch any new program—particularly one that is school-wide—requires a workable system to make it easy and efficient to implement.


This institute will delve into how to implement the award-winning Get Focused...Stay Focused!® (GFSF) program over all four years of high school for EVERY student. When every student has an online 10-year plan that is updated yearly and used across the campus for academic coaching and counseling by all personnel, you will launch your students into post-secondary success.

Using the 10-Step Plan process developed by The George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative and adapted for the Get Focused…Stay Focused!® program, participants in this two-day institute will learn a step-by-step process that will help their schools plan and implement a GFSF program on their campus. In addition, they’ll learn how college credit is being awarded for the 9th grade, semester-long “Get Focused” course.

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A comprehensive plan for implementing or enhancing your four-year Get Focused Stay Focused program.

Using the online 10-Step planning tool and workbook, you will leave this
institute with:

  • a detailed written Action Plan.
  • videos, checklists, presentations, and job descriptions.
  • a complete set of the curriculum.
  • an understanding of proven strategies that will make your implementation of GFSF program efficient and effective.

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Which includes:

  • The 2-day institute
  • A complete set of the curriculum valued at $199.55 More...
  • The 10-Step Plan Workbook, including over 20 pages of worksheets to trigger your best thinking about your program
  • A one-year site license to the online 10-Step Plan tools which include scores of videos, worksheets, and job descriptions that will save your team hundreds of hours in planning time
  • Two lunches, one breakfast, and one dinner
  • One-hour coaching session after the institute (via Zoom) providing customized support for yourself or your campus leadership team

Tiered Pricing:

  • 1st registration: $399
  • 2nd & 3rd registration: $349
  • 4th registration and any additional: $299

  • Principals
  • Vice Principals
  • District Administrators
  • Instructional & Counseling Leaders
  • College Dual Credit Partners

You should attend this 2-day institute if you want to:

  • Enhance your current Get Focused Stay Focused program
  • OR
  • Streamline the launch of a new GFSF program

This institute is applicable for new schools launching their GFSF program in the fall, or schools that, to date, have only implemented the freshman course and want to adopt the proven GFSF model in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades along with robust academic coaching and guidance strategies by all personnel on campus using the online 10-year Plan.


Result: You will return to your campus with a roadmap to launch a comprehensive GFSF program from the first day of class next semester.


June 16th and 17th
For Principals



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June 20th and 21st
For Leadership Teams



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Space is Limited!

Space in each institute is limited, so you’ll want to register ASAP. Due to space limitations, this institute is open only to schools already using one of the GFSF curriculums or schools actively planning to implement in the fall of 2022.


As institute space is limited, kindly inform Academic Innovations in writing at registrations@academicinnovations.com of your need to cancel. This allows those on our waiting list to be accommodated. Participants needing to cancel a registration will be issued a full refund if written notice of that cancellation is received no later than 30 calendar days prior to the first day of the scheduled event*. If notice of cancellation is received 29 to 15 calendar days prior to the event, a 50% refund will be issued. Cancellations made 14 days or less must be charged the full registration fee. Workshop registration is transferable to another individual, but all substitutions must be communicated to us in writing prior to the first day of the scheduled event. Refunds cannot be made for participant no-shows.

*In the event of a health alert by the CDC which advises masking be required indoors, cancellations may be made for a full refund. At the time of the workshop, best practice masking and vaccination protocols will be strictly followed per the advice of the CDC.