Leading in the Unknown: A Self-Guided Learning Experience Focused on Leadership

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Introduction

Strong leadership skills are essential for charter school leaders to navigate the challenging times ahead of their organization during an unprecedented academic year and beyond. Leading in the Unknown is a three-part series featuring charter sector experts who provide real world applications on leading teams through change, maintaining a strategic focus, tracking success, and sustaining impact. Each module in the series includes four components – a webinar with implementation strategies, a guided self-reflection workbook, an interview with a charter school leader on putting the content into practice, and an Office Hour to ask questions related to the content presented.

Module #1: Creating a Culture of Care

Module #2: Strategic Leadership: Where Are We Going?

Module #3: Sustaining Impact: How Are We Doing?


Module #1: Creating a Culture of Care

Presenters: Lisa Diaz, Founder, Lumen Impact Group and Kelli Peterson, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunities, Louisiana Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

During this learning module, you will:

•    Explore how developing and maintaining a culture of care is critical to organizational impact
•    Discover ways to prioritize staff and self-care 
•    Learn how to lead staff utilizing self-care as a priority even in uncertain times
•    Explore the balance between staff-care and job expectations

To further your learning during this experience, please download, print, and follow along with the Module #1 Self-Reflection Workbook. The workbook is available in PDF and DOC formats under "Handouts" in the top right corner of this webpage.

What does creating a culture of care look like in practice in the charter school sector? Listen to the below podcast to hear Lisa Diaz from Lumen Impact Group interview Dr. Kelli Peterson, assistant superintendent at the Louisiana Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, about how Dr. Peterson is leading her team during these uncertain times.

Additional Resources:

A Culture of Care, Without Compromise, By Michele Booth Cole

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do, By Emma Seppälä

How to Take Care of the Adults (and Yourself) in Your School Community

The Psychological Effects of Workplace Appreciation & Gratitude, By O.C. Tanner

10 Reasons You Need to Show Appreciation Daily, By David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom

What did you think?

What did you think of Leading in the Unknown? Let us know by responding to our survey.


Module #2: Strategic Leadership: Where Are We Going?

Presenters: Lisa Diaz, Founder, Lumen Impact Group and Bevon Thompson, Principal and CEO, Imagine Me Leadership Charter School

During this learning module, you will:

  • Explore how to move your team from crisis reaction mode to short- and long-term strategy development; 
  • Learn how to support the development of mission aligned strategy; 
  • Discover how to engage key stakeholders in shaping your strategic direction; and
  • Learn how to set and communicate your vision to ensure all stakeholders are focused on the same desired target of  success.

To further your learning during this experience, please download, print, and follow along with the accompanying self-reflection workbook. The workbook is available in PDF and DOC formats under "Handouts" in the top right corner of this webpage.

What does maintaining a strategic direction look like in practice in the charter school sector? Listen to the below podcast to hear Lisa Diaz from Lumen Impact Group interview Bevon Thompson, principal and CEO at Imagine Me Leadership Charter School, about how he is leading his team during these uncertain times.

Have questions about what you heard or want to talk more about creating or maintaining your strategic vision? 

CSP grantees are invited to sign-up for private 15-minute one-on-one coaching sessions on Wednesday, October 28 starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT to help further support leaders in creating and maintaining their strategic vision. Please register to attend via the button below.

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Additional Resources:

Is Your Nonprofit Organization in Survival Mode?

Schools Fail at Engaging Parents

Eight Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively

Rules & Tips for Writing Powerful Visions

What did you think?

What did you think of Leading in the Unknown? Let us know by responding to our survey.


Module #3: Sustaining Impact: How Are We Doing?

Coming soon!