Planning For the Unplanned: Tools and Essential Questions for Strategic Leadership

Session Type: Breakout

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Over the last several months, school leaders have worked to meet the needs of students, families, and school communities as they navigate the many instructional and academic challenges presented by the novel coronavirus. And with multiple scenarios possible in the 2020-2021 school year, they’ll likely need to continue to plan through uncertainty. This session will discuss best practices in decisionmaking when much is unknown, and walk leaders through tools at their disposal for prioritizing information, making decisions, and communicating to key stakeholders.

Take Away:
At a high level, this session will share best practices in planning as they plan the 2020-2021 school year. At a tactical level, leaders will leave with tools and resources for decisionmaking. This session will feature 2-3 school leaders, including Jessica Nauiokas from Mott Haven Academy and Nnenna Ude at Match. It will be moderated by Tresha Francis Ward, Partner at Bellwether Education.

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Jessica Nauiokas, Mott Haven Charter School Academy

Jessica Nauiokas is the Head of School at Haven Academy, which she co-founded in 2007. Haven Academy is the country’s first public school dedicated to serving children in the child welfare system. Jessica has nearly two decades of urban teaching and leadership experience and a strong background in literacy and cognitive development. She has dedicated her career to closing the achievement gap for our nation’s most vulnerable children. Jessica earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.


Nnenna Ude, Match Education

Ms. Ude is a Boston native who attended Boston Latin School and Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, she majored in Psychology and devoted significant time to advancing minority recruitment initiatives. Ms. Ude began work at Match in 2012 as Director of Operations at Match's middle school. Prior to being appointed Executive Director of Match's PreK-12 school in December 2017, Ms. Ude worked as the COO. As President and CEO of Match Education, Ms. Ude oversees all organizational programs including Match Charter Public School (as Executive Director), The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, Inc. and Match Export.


Tresha Ward, Bellwether Education Partners

Tresha Ward is partner at Bellwether Education Partners. She has 14 years of experience in education. In her role at Bellwether, she has worked across pre-K through 12th grades and a variety of school models supporting them as they start up, scale, or improve their instructional programs. She attended Vanderbilt University for her bachelor’s degree and Stanford University for her master’s degree and started her education career as a Teach For America Houston corps member in the Houston Independent School District. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.