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Poised for Progress: Creating a Culture of Accountability, Transparency and Resiliency
In a time where schools and school districts must address and manage courageous progress with respect to distance learning, social injustice and inequities for populations of color, an adaptive organizational culture is needed. Participants will learn what an adaptive challenge is and isn't, understand the difference between a technical and adaptive challenge, assess their organization's adaptive capacity, defining characteristics of an adaptive organization and steps to take to develop organizational adaptive skills and processes.
This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
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Brandi Fletcher-Daniels

Brandi Fletcher-Daniels has served in many capacities during her tenure: English Instructor, Online Program Coordinator, Department Chair, Master teacher for Claremont Graduate University, and mentor to new educators. Her background also inclues work in Educational leadership at the site and district level, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Implicit Bias, and Equity.

Heidi Smith Alexander

Heidi Smith Alexander’s tenure spans over twenty years in education with exemplary service in secondary, elementary, and alternative education. Her experience has been delimited by east and west coast learning environments that include the roles of teacher, principal, alternative program coordinator, union representative, not-for-profit foundation advisor, and leadership coach/mentor. Heidi has led school improvement in both Title I and high performing schools through her focus on creative solutions and supporting the leadership capacity of all stakeholders. Her record demonstrates a commitment to every student and a passion for a strengths based, collaborative leadership approach. Accomplishments include 2015 U.S. Department of Education Terrell H. Bell educational leader award recipient--one of seven nationally; California Distinguished School Principal; National Blue Ribbon School Principal--the first in her school district; New York State English Language Learner Standards Steering Committee member (under NYS Commissioner of Education—Dr. John King, also former U.S. Secretary of Education); NYS Highly Effective School Principal (under new Common Core accountability measures) and proud mother of two young adult children.

Renee Walter-Akpan

Renee Walter-Akpan is a 20-year teacher and trainer focused on Emotionally Disturbed populations specializing in affective practices for At-Risk High School students. She specializes in Effective Positive Behavior Methods and was the Former PBIS Campus Coordinator.