Thursday, June 24, 2021

A Virtual Forum for School Leaders

8:00AM - 3:30PM PDT / 11:00AM - 6:30PM EDT

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Over the past year, as a school leader, you have faced unprecedented challenges. You have read books, listened to podcasts and participated in virtual events to gain insights into how to best meet those challenges. This Forum will help you build a bridge between this year’s learning and the plans you make to leverage student learning in SY ’21-’22.

You will leave with hope, new ways of thinking and actionable next steps that will impact the way you lead at your school. Join us if you are ready to utilize a systems thinking lens to reimagine your school leadership role on behalf of your students, staff and community in pursuit of learning for all students!

The Reimagining School Leadership Forum will provide participants the opportunity to

  • See how the Habits and tools of systems thinking contribute to
    • Developing a healthy school culture
    • Engaging staff, students, families and communities
    • Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of students and staff
    • Transitioning back to in-person learning
    • Prioritizing resources
    • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
    • Creating equitable and inclusive conditions for teaching and learning
    • Collaborating
    • Developing a shared vision, school identity and plans for the future.
  • Connect with other school leaders who are addressing similar challenges
  • Assess your skills as a systems thinker

Systems thinking school leaders...

  • thrive in changing environments, as they have a keen understanding of the dynamic causal relationships among key parts of the system.
  • take a step back from planned actions to anticipate both intended and unintended consequences.
  • actively seek the perspectives of others and have strategies to utilize challenges as opportunities and productive disruption as a way forward.
  • develop a deep understanding of their school system that considers the mental models or mindsets of all stakeholders, including students.
  • utilize a thorough system understanding to identify areas of leverage that contribute to the achievement of desired outcomes.
  • apply the Habits of a Systems Thinker consistently in decision-making, problem-solving, facilitating, collaborating and communicating.

Who should attend?

  • School and district leaders
  • School leadership teams
  • Educators
  • Anyone interested in making schools great places for ALL students to learn


A day full of hands-on, systems thinking learning
Each participant will be mailed a Forum toolkit full of resources and supplies to support learning during the event.

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If you are interested in the Forum, but cannot attend due to a time conflict or can only attend part of the day, please register as usual using the registration form. We will be releasing recordings after the event and will send you a toolkit.