Connecting the Dots Through An Assets-Based Needs Assessment
Change is consuming us at breakneck speed. Schools have been pushed to the frontlines of a new teaching/learning environment. Culture changes, mental health challenges, safety concerns, artificial intelligence, and teachers resigning in record numbers have forever altered the fabric of education and the essence of school leadership. How does a leader forge on? This session will focus on the power of an asset-based needs assessment and a re-engineered strategic planning process that will align multiple priorities, incorporate the voices of all stakeholders, and provide continuity and sustainability in the midst of transformational change. Examine how identifying assets and resources within the school, the district, and the community strengthens partnerships and engagement. Instead of operating from a deficit mindset - through root causes and problems - re-engineer your strategic plan. Eliminate those root causes and problems through the power of assets and opportunities.
Meet the Author
Wednesday, February 8 from 2:00pm - 2:30pm Pacific
Lesli Laughter will be greeting in-person attendees at the "Meet the Author" counter in the Portland Ballroom lobby on Level 2.
A former teacher, elementary principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent, Lesli Laughter now is the Chief Academic Officer at 806 Technologies, in Plano, TX, a suburb of Dallas. Lesli works with school leaders all over the country. She guides them into developing needs assessments that focus their continuous improvement planning work. She also shows them how to be sure they are working on the right work and how culture plays an essential role. She is passionate about simplifying and clarifying continuous improvement and having fun along the way. Lesli is a frequent speaker at state and national levels and consults with educators at state, district, charter, and school levels. Lesli’s description of a great day always involves a good cup of coffee and energetic conversations about continuous improvement in schools.