MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education PD PROVIDER
Leadership Strengthening Cohort
Audience: Department Heads, Directors, Coordinators, Athletic Directors, Assistant Principals, Principals, Assistant Superintendents, Superintendents
Purpose: To support Pk-12 school leaders gain and share valuable knowledge and skills in a cohort format targeted at examining the fundamental elements of cultural, distributive, instructional and advocacy school leadership. Participants will learn research based best practices, apply effective strategies, gain valuable insight, and develop professional relationships with colleagues who share similar roles and responsibilities.
Rationale: The education profession is expected to experience unprecedented staff shortages at all levels and in all positions. It is imperative that we provide the most relevant and valuable professional support and continuous learning to our school leaders through these extraordinary times. Adult professional learning is most effective as sustained engagement with peers who can offer insight, exemplars, and wisdom of shared, local, and recent experiences.
Format: Three full days (8:00 - 2:00)
Location: Hampton Inn and Suites, 10 Plaza Way, Plymouth
PDPs: 20 (Educational Leadership Uncensored, LLC is a registered MA DESE Provider)
Advocacy & Cultural Leadership
Friday, October 20, 2023
In this module we will examine how school practices, policies and programming leave out the less advantaged populations. We will reconstruct selected practices framed by trauma informed and culturally conscious tenets. Models, research, and talking points that school leaders can
access and reference to support change and growth will be provided. We will examine our not so inclusive policies and traditions and use a decision-making template as a guide. Resources used to frame our discussion include:
Massachusetts Multi- tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional, Learning (CASEL)
US Surgeon General’s Advisory: Protecting Youth Mental Health, 2021
Creating and Advocating for Trauma Sensitive Schools, MA Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School
An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools (2021), American Association of School Superintendents
Learning 2025 – National Commission on Student Centered, Equity-Focused Education
Instructional Leadership: Modeling and Monitoring
Friday, January 19, 2024
Every faculty meeting, every IEP meeting, every conversation, ultimately, is a teachable moment. How are you perceived as leading teaching and learning? This is the perception most misunderstood and least appreciated by administrators who miss opportunities to be the instructional leader every school and district needs.
You can't manage effectively and motivate others to succeed, when you back away from coaching, correcting and/or firing ineffective staff. Being an effective school leader includes the supervision of mediocre performers, and that will undoubtedly make you unpopular from time to time but not as unpopular as if you did not supervise them at all.
When and what is considered evidence? How do we handle a parent complaint, a rumor, or a perception of educator ineffectiveness? Learn how to write professional growth plans, understand the difference between discipline and performance and the procedural guidelines for each, when to use Weingarten, procedural safeguards, mediation, and progressive discipline. You will be provided with model letters of reprimand and performance improvement plans.
Distributed Leadership: Building Strong Teams and Critical Relationships
Friday, March 15, 2024
School leaders cannot lead effectively without strong and vocal teams, committed to problem solving versus problem creating. Why and how can leaders develop those critical relationships necessary to advance their vision? How does accountability, autonomy, and capacity building create thriving school cultures?
We will examine capacity building strategies, tapping into staff strengths, empowering individuals, and bring authenticity to whole school culture and improvement. We explore managing shared leadership and professional collaboration without sacrificing autonomy and decision-making authority.