Reimagining Principal Sustainability

Reimagining Principal Sustainability


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Principals are truly the catalyst for school change, as they touch every part of a school to create the conditions for improvement. But because they have so many responsibilities, the job is grueling and they often face obstacles that make their jobs harder, rather than helping them to be more effective. The pandemic exacerbated inequities and challenges that were already present in our nation’s school system while adding an overwhelming number of stressors and pressures on top of what was already an unsustainable job for principals. In this interactive panel discussion, participants will hear from researchers and practitioners about why principal turnover rates are too high and the radical responses it will take to truly improve principal sustainability. Participants will be asked to think beyond band-aid solutions and move toward actions that disrupt the inequities within the education sector and create school ecosystems where leaders, teachers, and students can thrive.

Audience:
Govern
Content Focus:
The Future of Teaching, Education, and Charter Schools
Learning Objective 1:
Participants will understand the research behind why principal sustainability was a major issue within education before the pandemic and why recovery will be impossible without solving it.
Learning Objective 2:
Participants will learn more about what principals believe are the key levers for change.
Learning Objective 3:
Participants will be pushed to take an honest look at their practices and the effectiveness of the systems and structures that are currently in place.

Presented by


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Catherine Burns
Chief Academic Officer
Accelerate Institute

Dr. Catherine Burns, Chief Academic Officer at Accelerate Institute (Chicago, IL), is an expert on leadership development, executive coaching, and team management. Catherine has worked with over 100 transformational leaders across the country to found or turn around schools, providing opportunities for our highest-needs students and dramatically changing the trajectory of their lives. A former principal, she is a member of The Chicago Principal Partnership’s Pipeline Partners Council, a Board Member and Academic Committee Chair at Catalyst Schools (Chicago), and the Board Chair at Steel City Academy (Indiana). She was previously a Commissioner of the Illinois Charter School Commission.


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Ally Wright
School Leaders
Ednovate-South LA College Prep

Ally Wright, founding principal at Ednovate - South LA College Prep, began her career as a founding teacher at Animo James B. Taylor Middle School, a Green Dot Public School in Watts, CA. Later that year, she earned the Rookie Teacher of the Year Award. Ally first joined Ednovate in 2015 as a 9th Grade Reading Instructor at USC Hybrid High College Prep, leading the network in Reading ACT Growth. In 2020-21, her first year as principal, Ally was named the Ednovate leader of the year.


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Joán Álvarez
Administrators
IDEA Public Schools

A first-generation college graduate, Joán Alvarez started teaching in Corpus Christi, Texas, then earned a master’s degree in educational administration. He went on to become principal of his alma mater, Progreso High School. In 2011, he joined IDEA, serving as assistant principal of instruction at IDEA College Preparatory Mission. In 2012, he founded the IDEA College Preparatory McAllen campus and went on to win the 2019 Ryan Award for exceptional school leadership, a national award honoring transformational school principals who are closing the achievement gap. He is currently the National VP of Schools for IDEA.


Audience:
Govern
Content Focus:
The Future of Teaching, Education, and Charter Schools
Learning Objective 1:
Participants will understand the research behind why principal sustainability was a major issue within education before the pandemic and why recovery will be impossible without solving it.
Learning Objective 2:
Participants will learn more about what principals believe are the key levers for change.
Learning Objective 3:
Participants will be pushed to take an honest look at their practices and the effectiveness of the systems and structures that are currently in place.