How principals affect students and schools: Leading learning in a virtual world

Presenters: Frederick Brown, Anna J. Egalite, & Marlon Williams

This webinar will focus on the key leadership resources, strategies, and ideas at the school and system levels for developing and supporting principals in a virtual world so that all educators and students experience success.

Participants will:

  • Understand the groundbreaking findings from recent research and how they can be applied in policy and practice.
  • Learn about key resources, strategies, and ideas to better equip and support principals in a variety of settings (virtual, hybrid, and face to face).
  • Share questions and advice among a community of learners.


Frederick Brown, Chief Learning Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward

Frederick Brown, co-author of Becoming a Learning System and The Learning Principal – Becoming a Learning Leader, is currently the chief learning officer and deputy for Learning Forward. At Learning Forward, Brown oversees the organization’s annual conference and professional services. He also directs Learning Forward’s Academy, an extended learning experience that models the organization’s vision for professional learning and teamwork in schools. Prior to his appointment at Learning Forward, Brown was a senior program officer at The Wallace Foundation. There he guided the work of several major grantees including the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board and the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Wallace, Brown was director of the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), an organization whose mission was to identify, train, and support principals for the Chicago Public Schools. He has also served as an elementary school teacher and principal as well as a middle school assistant principal.

Anna J. Egalite, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Anna J. Egalite is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the evaluation of education policies and programs intended to close racial and economic achievement gaps. Her studies have examined principal effectiveness, school choice policy, school size, the influence of family background on intergenerational economic mobility, and the diversification of the educator labor force.

Marlon Williams, Principal, M.S. 180 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Marlon Williams is presently the principal of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams School of the Arts Middle School 180 and the former interim acting principal at The Globe School. In his role as principal, he collaborates with families, school leaders, and community members, in building a safe, trusting school culture that supports the learning of students.  He has embraced his role as an equity warrior working each day to shift the mindset of his learning community. Williams has been an educator for almost twenty years and is passionate about engaging every child through the arts. He first entered the classroom in Harlem New York as a college student at St. John’s University.  There he was introduced to the wonders of teaching and assisting in the social and emotional growth of youth.  This experience sparked a life-long passion for teaching and learning that has allowed him to serve in schools from Far Rockaway Queens to the Bronx New York. He has served children and families as a teacher, a counselor, a dean, an assistant principal, and now proudly leads his school community. For the majority of his career, he has worked in middle schools, while serving virtually every student population, including at risk, general education, and gifted students.

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