Building a Profession: Helping Principals Become the Lever of Change

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Earlier this year, Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas, authors of Getting It Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools, spoke with “It’s Being Done” leaders who have taken new roles in districts or states. The leaders talked not only about how they led their own schools to excellence under difficult circumstances, but also how those experiences inform their thinking about what kinds of support current school leaders need to help all their students be successful. 

The following descriptions outline the focus of each webinar and link to a recording of each leader's talk.

Von SheppardVon Sheppard, former principal, Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary, will talk about the kinds of help and support principals need to become instructional leaders while still managing all the other parts of the job. He will bring to bear his current experience as assistant superintendent for elementary schools in Boulder, Colo.
4 – 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013  Click here to download a recording of this event. Click here to download the related PowerPoint presentation.

 Jeffrey LittJeffrey Litt, superintendent, Icahn Charter Schools, will talk about the kinds of principals high-poverty schools need and what kind of help and support they need from their districts. Often called “The Lion of the Bronx,” Mr. Litt will discuss his experience turning around schools in the Bronx, and his current position leading one of the highest achieving charter school networks in New York.
4 – 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Click here to download a recording of this event. Click here to download the related PowerPoint presentation.

Teri BrecheenTeri Brecheen, who led her high-poverty school to become one of the top-performing in Oklahoma. She will talk about how, in her new role as the statewide literacy coordinator, she is developing the knowledge and capacity of school leaders throughout Oklahoma to build the profession in ways that will help all children achieve at high levels.
4 – 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Click here to download a recording of this event. Click here to download the related PowerPoint presentation.

 

Sharon BrittinghamSharon Brittingham, who led her high-poverty school to be one of the top-performing schools in Delaware. In her new role, she helps principals around the state learn to lead instruction and will talk about what support principals need to be excellent leaders.
4 – 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Click here to download a recording of this event.

 

 The Education Trust webinars are made possible through the generous support of The Wallace Foundation. To listen to previous Ed Trust school leadership webinars, select 2011-12 or click here for prior years.