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Leadership for social justice: Class update 1

Class updateThought I’d post a quick update on how my new summer Master’s seminar, Leadership for Social Justice, is going. I’ve got six students in the class. We meet virtually every Monday for a couple of hours, in addition to our other activities.

The students co-constructed their learning experiences with me. We are trying to approach the class through a very broad social justice lens, which means that we’re discussing a variety of different school leadership equity contexts. We spent our first class getting ourselves organized, which included brainstorming some things that we wanted to do together this summer and identifying the learning outcomes that we wanted to achieve. We committed ourselves to focusing on actionable leadership practices, not just ideas and theory. Our course textbook, Equity Visits: A New Approach to Supporting Equity-Focused School and District Leadership, aligns closely with that commitment.

We focused on anti-racist educational leadership practices in our second class. Two students helped curate our readings and multimedia pre-assignments for the week and provided lots of choices for us. The reading that probably sparked the most discussion was Paul Gorski’s article in Educational Leadership on Avoiding Racial Equity Detours. We spent the second half of class deconstructing a couple of race-based educational cases from Gorski’s book, Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education.

My students are completing one-page reflections each week of what is in their heads at the moment. Additionally, each is identifying an inquiry project on an equity-focused topic of their choice. I will share those in a future class update. We are off to a good start!

Leadership during a crisis: Class update 1

Class updateThought I’d post a quick update on how my new summer Master’s seminar, Leadership During a Crisis, is going. I’ve got six students in the class. We meet virtually every Tuesday for a couple of hours, in addition to our other activities.

The students co-constructed their learning experiences with me. We are trying to approach the class with a very broad leadership lens. That means that we’re discussing crisis leadership practices across a variety of societal sectors, not just education. We spent our first class getting ourselves organized, which included brainstorming some things that we wanted to do together this summer and identifying the learning outcomes that we wanted to achieve.

Our first guest was Shawn Loescher, CEO of the Urban Discovery Schools in San Diego, California. He articulated quite passionately what it meant to respond effectively to the needs of students and families during the coronavirus pandemic this spring. We appreciated his values-driven leadership lessons and had an awesome discussion afterward. Our guests for the next two weeks are from the business and fine arts sectors.

My students are completing reflections each week of what is in their heads at the moment. Additionally, two students are going to try their hand at creating a case study on crisis leadership (and hopefully submit for publication). One student is diving deep into an inquiry project and another is creating some professional learning modules for school leaders. Finally, two students are working with me to analyze and write up my Coronavirus Chronicles interview series. They will co-author a book chapter with me and get a publication for their resumes!

Coronavirus Chronicles 037 – Van Meter Schools

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 037 is below. Thank you, Deron Durflinger, for sharing how the Van Meter Schools in Van Meter, Iowa are adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing how your previous investments in technology integration, competency-based education, flex mod scheduling, and personalized learning all came together as you moved into full-time remote instruction.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 036 – Lake Trail Middle School

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 036 is below. Thank you, Gerald Fussell, for sharing how Lake Trail Middle School in British Columbia, Canada is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing how your earlier investments in teacher hiring and adaptability paid off as you moved into remote instruction.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 035 – San Diego Met

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 035 is below. Thank you, Melissa Agudelo, for sharing how the San Diego Met in San Diego, California is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing the numerous concrete examples of how your educators extended your problem- and inquiry-based teaching models into remote instructional environments. Those stories were incredibly inspiring!

Read the blog post that Melissa referenced in this interview:

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 034 is below. Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. Paul, Minnesota is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your teachers’ creative efforts to use technology with your students and to also ground that usage in effective digital pedagogies.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 033 – NIST

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 033 is below. Thank you, Kyle Hawkins and Ben Sheridan, for sharing how NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your creative scheduling, your efforts to ensure that specialist teachers had a large role in home schooling, and NISTlympics!

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 032 – Futures Lab

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 032 is below. Thank you, Scott Elias and Kelly Williams, for sharing how the Futures Lab program in Fort Collins, Colorado is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing how your previous investments in student agency and inquiry-based learning paid great dividends during remote instruction.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 031 – Butler Tech

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 031 is below. Thank you, Jon Graft and Marni Durham, for sharing how Butler Tech in Fairfield Township, Ohio is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about Butler Tech’s emphasis on distributed leadership and how your resilience over the past few months was a result of earlier decisions and structures around trust, empowerment, organizational values, and creation of a culture of risk-taking.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic

Coronavirus Chronicles 030 – Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles, a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Episode 030 is below. Thank you, Jeff Palladino, for sharing how Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, New York is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about the challenges of implementing robust, student-driven, inquiry-based learning during this time.Your school is a special place.

See the complete list of episodes, which also are available as a podcast channel on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you and your school(s) would like to be featured in the Coronavirus Chronicles series, please get in touch. 

Other conversation series that may be of interest are below. Check them out!

Conversation series with educators during the pandemic