Aim for Excellence: Creating Equity Through Leadership Pipeline

Friday February 7, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Research clearly supports the need for effective teachers in every classroom. That alone is not enough to ensure scholars receive instructional excellence. Leaders matter. In this engaging session, learn how these determined leaders created a unique partnership. Plagued with leadership and teacher turnover along with a recent state takeover, this high poverty, crime riddled district located in the heart of Alabama's Black Belt was in great need of leadership effectiveness and stability. With a new strategic plan, Selma has implemented this three-phase approach to leader development that includes a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools, face-to-face sessions, coaching, essential experiences and a required School Improvement Project. Attracting and retaining high quality teachers and leaders is dependent upon having teams of leaders who understand and embrace the role of instructional leader. Allow us to share our journey to excellence through leadership pipeline development.

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Avis Williams

Dr. Avis Williams is the superintendent of Historic Selma City Schools. A native of Salisbury, NC, she has served in leadership positions in the U.S. Army, as an entrepreneur and school administrator. While in the Army, she was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, Yongson, Korea, and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. Before becoming an educator, Dr. Williams owned a fitness center and worked as a certified personal trainer. She received her undergraduate degree from Athens State University, master’s from Alabama A&M and Jacksonville State Universities, education specialist degree and her doctorate from the University of Alabama. She taught English and Physical Education and coached dance team and track. Dr. Williams has been an elementary, middle and high school principal. She was the executive director of curriculum and instruction in North Carolina where she led instruction for over 60 schools. Before moving to Selma, she served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum in Tuscaloosa City Schools. She is the author of a children’s chapter book, Welcome to Chase Shadows. Her joy comes from spending time with her daughter Briahna, running, writing and being a “dog mom” to her standard poodles, Coco and Butterscotch. Dr. Williams enjoys giving back to her community and working with families in need. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is a graduate of Leadership Alabama Class XXIX and a member of the Rotary Club of Selma. Dr. Williams has created and delivered dozens of professional development and motivational sessions to churches, student groups, educators and leaders nationwide.

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