Engaging in the Right Work: Building Effective, Efficacious, and Equity Focused Teams
The leadership team sets the culture of the school and the focus on equity cannot be left up to chance, rather it must be the intention of the group. This session will provide professionals the tools to dig deeper into the “how” of intentionally building the efficacy of the leadership team and ways to ensure teams are engaging in the right work, with equity at the center of all decisions. Further,explanations on how to intentionally provide psychological safety, the use and purpose of tight participation structures, and how asking the right questions will bring the science of evidence-based practices into action and build the capacity of teams to monitor implementation.
As the Director of the Kansas Learning Network, Dr. Michele Hayes oversees the direct-intensive technical assistance provided to Comprehensive Support and Improvement Title I schools and districts in Kansas. Focused on the policy to practice gap, Hayes values bringing a preventative disposition to the table as she coaches conversations focused on bridging the “what” of requirements to the “why” and “how” of implementation practice to ultimately ensure all students receive high quality educational opportunities.
Mary Myers is an Implementation Coach for the Kansas Learning Network supporting professionals at District and Building Leadership Team levels. The Network is responsible for providing direct technical assistance to the largest urban Title I schools and districts in Kansas. Mary is a devoted educator of 23 years bringing the lens of secondary education experiences to the network. She has a Masters Degree in Gifted Education, an endorsement teaching English Language learners, instructional coaching experience. She is passionate about quality instruction for all students and uses this passion to encourage data conversations about equity with other professionals. She values multiple perspectives and differences while actively searching for ways to bring group members together when having conversations about race and marginalized populations. She considers herself a teacher by nature who places a strong value on building relationships with the stakeholders she supports.