BUILD A CULTURE OF EQUITY AND JUSTICE IN YOUR SCHOOL
in one year
without the initiative fatigue, stakeholder resistance, and loneliness of leading at the top
If you’re a principal, AP, superintendent, or teacher leader looking to make your school more equitable, you probably already know that real change requires a disruption to the system.
There's no need for me to tell you that the system of education has been steeped in white supremacy and ableism from the content we teach to the behavioral "norms" set for students.
You've likely seen resistance to your calls for change take the form of doubling down on "the way way we've always done things," and you know that approach doesn't lead to equity.
You may have even thought to yourself, "I can't do this on my own. I need teachers and students to buy-in, but they just see it as one more initiative."
If you've said that last bit to yourself, I am right there with you. You can't do this alone, and you won't get buy-in if the change is seen as just one more thing to add to teachers' plates.
That's why my coaching program is built on adaptive and shared leadership approaches, so it's not just another initiative. It's a fundamental shift in the culture of your school.
By the end of this program,
you will have…
Sustainable Shared Leadership StructuresAfter learning about the 9 mechanisms of shared leadership, you will embed them into your decision-making processes so that this change is not seen as an initiative, but a hallmark of your school.
Normalized Difficult ConversationsAn important aspect of shared and adaptive leadership is being able to name the elephants, rather than avoid them. You will build stakeholders' individual and group capacities for engaging in generative dialogue and ultimately normalize these difficult conversations in your school.
More Learning Opportunities for All StakeholdersWhen teachers, students, and students' families are invited to lead workshops aligned with their experience and expertise, they often jump at opportunity. With more PD leaders, teachers may be given a choice as to which sessions they wish to attend.
A Strategic Plan That's Likely to SucceedResearch tells us organizations make better decisions when multiple stakeholders are involved in the decision-making process (Kusy & McBain, 2000). When teachers, students, and families collaboratively diagnose the root cause of a school challenge, and then build a plan to address that root cause, the plan is far more likely to succeed than one you created on your own.
A Professional Growth PortfolioEach week, you will contribute data, reflections on practice, and/or shared leadership artifacts, which I will compile into a professional growth portfolio for you at the end of the year. Use it to spruce up your LinkedIn profile, share with your boss if you're up for tenure, or to remind yourself of all the amazing things you've accomplished.
What is SSL Group Coaching?
Set the Purpose
In the first session, we'll get to know each other, build a shared understanding of what group coaching will look like, and each leader will share what it is they hope to achieve by the end of coaching.
Phase 1 Sessions
Determine the Starting Point
After our goal setting session, the next several meetings we will dive into various types and sources of data. To get a full picture of what the perceptions of inclusive leadership are at your school(s), you will select some of the strategies we explore together to create a data collection plan.
Phase 2 Sessions
Set Up Shared Leadership Structures
Using key ideas from existing research and the data you gathered from stakeholders in Phase 1, you will implement shared leadership practices and inclusive decision-making mechanisms in your school(s).
Phase 3 Sessions
Conduct Action Research
Once you have implemented your shared leadership structures, you will collect data from diverse stakeholders on an ongoing basis to determine what is working well and what needs to change. In sharing your successes and challenges with the group, we will support you to determine when and how to adjust.
Phase 4 Sessions
Evaluate Your Progress
Once you have implemented your shared leadership structures and adjusted according to stakeholder feedback over the semester/school year, you will now conduct another in-depth round of research using similar methods to Phase 1. You'll collect a variety of data types from diverse stakeholders on the topics that are most relevant to your school community.
Reflect & Wrap Up
In our final session, you will have an opportunity to share your successes and your next steps following SSL coaching. You will also get to hear other leader's successes and insights, which can often prompt ideas for your own school(s). You'll also leave with a bonus gift from me.
When you sign up,
A 90-minute coaching session each week
Group sessions are limited to 5 leaders so you we have the time to take a deep dive into your specific needs.
Targeted SupportWe focus on one of the highest-leverage practices a school can implement: shared leadership. This focus enables you to achieve big shifts in a short period of time.
Research ExpertiseAs a scholar-practitioner, I bring my knowledge of the leadership field as well as my data collection and analysis skills into coaching. This means, your research skills will grow as you engage with each coaching session!
A Team of Thought PartnersGroup coaching supports leaders in ways that 1:1 coaching does not. You don't just have me—you have a whole team of coaches, ready to support you on your journey to shared school leadership.
Plus My Parting Gift to You
A Portfolio of Your Work
To capture the powerful work you've put in throughout SSL coaching, I will create a professional portfolio of your work, which you can use to liven up your LinkedIn page, construct an amazing tenure portfolio, or present at a professional conference!
The 30-Day Power Up Guarantee
SSL coaching has the power to transform the way your school(s) operates. I'll walk you through equitable data collection and analyses processes, troubleshoot implementation, and amplify stakeholder leadership capacity.
But here’s the thing, as with any major transformation, it’s not going to happen over night. With this kind of laser-focused coaching, you can go faster than most, but shifting how decisions are made in an organization takes time.
Leaders and schools have limited budgets, so, here’s what I’ll tell you. If you participate in the group coaching calls for 4 weeks, and after that time, you don't feel the momentum building and you don't feel like there's a clear path forward, email me at [email protected], and I will refund your investment.
Few coaches make this sort of promise. So, why do I do it? Because I want to make sure your money is going toward creating the most equitable learning environment possible AND I am confident in my program’s ability to make that happen for you. Click here for full details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Successful leaders are the ones who ask great questions!
What if teachers don't buy into shared leadership?
There's already so much change in my school(s). Is it really a good idea to add this change to our plates?
Shared leadership sounds like I'm giving up power. Is that dangerous or irresponsible to do that?
How is this different from other leadership coaching programs?
Why should I choose you as my coach when you've never been a principal?
How much time will I need to commit to coaching?
What if, after the first few sessions, I am not any closer to building capacity for shared leadership in my school?
Can you remind me of what I’m getting when I sign up today?
Still thinking about it?
7 Ways to Know You’re Ready for Shared Leadership in Your School(s)
- You're new to your leadership position, and you want to avoid the buy-in and burnout struggles the leader before you experienced.
- You are passionate about equity and inclusion, but the steps you've already taken have produced limited results.
- You are an Ella Baker kind of leader—developing the leadership in others is more important to you than being a great leader yourself.
- You already spend hours each week listening to podcasts or reading educational leadership blogs looking for great ideas for your school(s).
- You are starting to feel like creating an equitable educational community might be an impossible task.
- You know a boatload of new initiatives won't cut it, and you're excited to narrow your focus to one high-leverage, sustainable change.
- You can't wait to get started on your weekly steps to making SSL a reality in your school(s).
I can’t wait for you to join me in the next SSL coaching cohort.
I've seen too many schools and school leaders spin their wheels trying to fix things by creating 40 different initiatives to solve 40 problems. This program strategically helps you make ONE change that will enable you to tackle your 40 problems more efficiently and effectively.
If you are a principal, AP, superintendent, or teacher leader, and you're ready to share your power, let's do this thing.
And if you're still unsure, try the program for 30 days, and if it's not working, I'll refund your money. Profound, transformational change is waiting for you. Save your seat in the SSL coaching program today.