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2014 LDDP Seminar Descriptions
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Seminar Descriptions

SESSION 1: IS A LEADER IN YOU WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED?

This session increases your awareness of the leadership role and gives you the opportunity to discover whether it is a role worth pursuing.

• Discover the value of leadership and why you might become a leader.

• Learn how others pursued formal leadership roles in their school districts.

• Identify the mission and vision of leadership. What is the real focus and purpose of administrators at your school or district?

• Find out about various roles of leadership that may fit your skills and ambition.

• Learn why working with a mentor is important and how you can find the right mentor for you.

SESSION 2: TEACHER LEADERS AS ADVOCATES FOR CHANGE

This session provides insight on how teacher leaders can be powerful advocates for raising student achievement, closing the achievement gap and changing building culture.

• Determine how teachers can be advocates for effective instruction and equality of curriculum in school buildings and districts.

• Understand teacher leadership skills and strategies.

• Learn about some of the challenges of being a teacher leader.

• Find out how to strengthen your own and your school’s cultural proficiency as a teacher leader.

SESSION 3: THE PROMISE OF LEADERSHIP

This session explores what it takes to be a good leader.

• Learn about the key qualities of education leaders and the missions that drive their success.

• Reflect on whether leadership contributes to your professional passion.

• Learn what research says about great leadership.

• Discuss the unique challenges for leaders of color and how to learn from role models.

• Identify pathways to building and district leadership.

• Know how to promote cultural proficiency through leadership decisions.

• Gain perspective on how to land an administrative position, including learning about the screening process and interviewing.

SESSION 4: DISCOVERING THE SKILLS, QUALITIES, AND TOOLS IT TAKES TO BE A SCHOOL LEADER

This session identifies the key skills, qualities and tools of effective school leaders. You will have the opportunity to:

• Develop knowledge of leadership opportunities and assess how those align with your skills, experiences, and professional goals.

• Initiate your exploration of the values and core beliefs that inform your leadership style and outlook.

• Identify common misconceptions about leadership and gain a clearer understanding of the qualities of effective leaders.

• Broaden your awareness about different leadership styles and recognize areas of focus to help realize your potential.

• Learn more about the connection between great leaders and emotional intelligence.

SESSION 5: WHAT’S NEXT? DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN

This session helps bring you to a decision point. If you decide to pursue a leadership role, you will have the opportunity to:

• Draft an action plan to gain more leadership experience as a teacher leader.

• Draft an action plan to put you on the pathway to an administrative leadership position.

• Identify training and education requirements you need to become a successful leader.

Completed applications are due by September 15 and you will be notified of acceptance by September 30.You will need to submit your letter of approval from your immediate supervisor and letter of recommendation at the time of applying. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

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