Join a collaborative community of school leaders of color to explore ways to make school leadership even more effective by applying organizational development principles to real-time, shared practice problems facing today’s schools.
The COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic upheaval in schooling and exacerbated existing inequities in education. For school leaders, new responsibilities now include supporting teachers as they return to in person learning following a year of remote and hybrid instruction, reestablishing and building a cohesive school community, and navigating this new learning landscape. All this while minimizing learning losses for students and creating professional growth opportunities for staff.
Though these challenges are new, the knowledge and skills it takes to confront them come from a repertoire of key principles that the most effective organizational leaders have always had at their disposal. Effective leadership, however, is not only about possessing requisite knowledge and skills. It is also about leveraging essential knowledge and skills ‘in the moment’ to make the right decisions when faced with complex, pressing problems, the solutions to which are often high stakes. The latter is more likely to be accomplished when leaders have a collegial community of support and learning. The School Leaders of Color Organizational Development Collaborative is a live online workshop series and affinity network for leaders of color in the education sector to deepen their understanding, share insights, and tackle real-time practice problems related to the key organizational development principles involved in effective school leadership.
Led by HGSE professor Ebony N. Bridwell-Mitchell, an expert in organizational leadership, this program provides a space for PreK-12 school leaders, particularly leaders of color, to gain peer support and expert guidance to solve real-time problems of practice in their respective schools. The interactive series encourages participants to work collaboratively with a cohort of colleagues as they experience three kinds of learning opportunities:
- Expert-led learning on organizational development principles selected based on participant input
- Collegial learning as participants share their own experiences – especially as school leaders of color – related to developing their organizations
- Applied learning in small collaborative groups addressing real-time practice problems shared by participants
The 10-week live online series will be comprised of bi-weekly 90-minute webinars, the topics for which will be identified and chosen by participants at the beginning of the program. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following: disrupting entrenched beliefs and practices, navigating informal networks and group dynamics, fostering organizational alignment and coherence, encouraging staff motivation and commitment, managing strategic change in institutions, and more.
- Recognize the key organizational development principles involved in leading effective schools
- Build a network of collaborative colleagues who can help address a wide variety of school problems
- Generate solutions to real-time practice problems using organizational development principles
- Foster productive organizational conditions in which school staff and students thrive