The Learning Principal: Living equity-centered leadership

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Image for aesthetic effect only - 11 18 21-webinar-thumbnail Principals bear the critical responsibility of creating the conditions necessary for effective teaching and learning in their schools. During this discussion, The Learning Principal authors and practitioners will share research that clarifies the link between principal actions and results for students. Participants will exit the webinar with “leader-focused” tools and resources that can be put to use immediately.       Participants of this webinar will: Examine assumptions that influence equity-centered leadership; Consider implications of research findings describing how principals affect students and schools; and Experience tools principals can use to strengthen learning teams and lead change.

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President | CEO at Learning Forward | + posts

Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s president | CEO. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Brown served as a senior program officer for the New York City based Wallace Foundation where he guided the work of several major grantees, including the Southern Regional Education Board; the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh; and the states of Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Kansas, and New Jersey.

Before joining The Wallace Foundation, 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. In 2005, LAUNCH was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education as an Innovative Pathway to the Principalship.

Brown's expertise is grounded in real-world experience. He has been an elementary school teacher and principal as well as a middle school assistant principal. He also served as a founding member of the Mathematics and Equity Teams for Ohio's Project Discovery, a statewide initiative to improve mathematics and science instruction.

Over the past 15 years, Brown has been a leader in designing and facilitating cutting-edge learning experiences for school and district administrators on topics such as cultural competence, leadership, and professional learning communities.

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Principal at Santa Fe High School | + posts

Rachel Harris is currently principal of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, and serves approximately 1,500 students. She has been a learning principal since she began her journey as a principal and became a member of Learning Forward’s efforts to build professional learning that effectively impacts teacher effectiveness so that all students thrive. She has also taken the lead in her district in coaching, mentoring, and supporting other principals so that all learn and work together.

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Kay Psencik served students and educators for over 30 years in Texas public schools as a teacher and school administrator. She has supervised, supported, and coached principals for over 40 years. Today, she is a senior consultant with Learning Forward, co-author of Becoming a Learning System and The Learning Principal, and author of Accelerating Student and Staff Learning and The Coach’s Craft. She is a professional certified coach with over 500 hours of coaching experience.

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Pre-K-5 Humanities Supervisor at Bristol Public Schools | + posts

Azra Redzic is currently the pre-k-5 humanities supervisor for Bristol Public Schools, in Connecticut (CT). She previously served as principal of Sanchez Elementary School in Hartford, CT, and built learning as the norm through an approach she called P.E.E.R., Perseverance, Enthusiasm, Exploration, and Respect for students and staff as they focused on learning as central to their success. She was active in Hartford Public Schools in building learning communities of principals so that all principals had the critical support they needed to be successful.

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