Leaders of equitable school communities draw from student experiences to improve their schools, establish a vision for student learning, and support teacher learning around meaningful problem-solving opportunities.
Leading Equitable Schools is a collaborative opportunity for school leaders to focus on key skills for developing equitable schools. This year-long professional learning series includes 4-5 whole group learning sessions and 3-4 small group learning experiences in schools.
Using the 4 Dimensions of School Leadership™ as a guide for reflection, participants will:
- Examine the experiences of students furthest from justice
- Establish a vision for student learning and collective leadership
- Strengthen collective leadership skills to create a collaborative culture
WHAT WE’LL ACCOMPLISH TOGETHER
Through our work together over 8-9 day-long sessions, participants will develop a vision for student experience and collective leadership. We’ll create actionable steps that leaders can follow to eliminate the inequities that keep every student from fulfilling their social, emotional and academic potential.
WHO IT’S FOR
Leading Equitable Schools is for school leaders, including assistant principals, as well as the central office leaders who support them.
HOW IT WORKS
Participants will learn how to center student experiences to create visions of equitable student learning and strategies for teacher learning and practice.
During whole group sessions, participants will focus on:
- Deepening their understanding of key knowledge, skills and mindsets for leading for equity in schools
- Developing strategies to privilege student, parent and community voices
- Reflecting about how bias and privilege influence collective leadership
- Understanding how building collective efficacy with teachers can lead to more equitable school practices
Embedded learning experiences in schools may include:
- Student learning walkthroughs
- Focused listening sessions with students
- School culture observations
- Focus group and working sessions with cohort teams
Also includes optional coaching for central office leaders.
WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT
- School leaders will develop a regular practice of listening to marginalized students
- School leader decisions will be anchored by a vision for connecting instruction to student experience
- School leaders will become more aware of power dynamics and privilege