Developing Future School Leaders: Providing TA to SEAs and LEAs
Schools across the country are in need of qualified leaders who have an understanding of the job, tools and resources to use to be successful leaders, and the ability to build relationships with students, staff, parents, and the community. This session will focus on the leadership development projects that R4CC has been asked to provide capacity building technical support. These projects include low performing urban school principal and principal supervisor development, statewide aspiring assistant principal, principal, and teacher leader academies, a rural education consortium of new principal support, and a rural district's principal pipeline development. We will discuss how the projects began and have evolved over time, share resources, and hear firsthand from participants.
As a Maryland educator for 25 years, Dr. Helga Einhorn grounds her work in an unwavering belief in the brilliance of each student. She leads from a perspective that prioritizes equitable access and opportunities that promote success for all. Currently Dr. Einhorn serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Talbot County Public Schools. Prior to her current role, she served as principal, assistant principal, and both a middle and high school English teacher. Dr. Einhorn earned her Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Arts in English from Salisbury University, and Bachelor of Arts in English from Wesleyan University.
Brian has served as a teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal, principal, principal supervisor, and state department of education leadership development specialist for 27 years. He is currently working in the R4CC and leading many of the leadership development projects. Brian has a biology degree from York College of PA, masters in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland state University and an EdD in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Jeanine Hildreth, Managing Director, has more than 25 years of experience directing and supporting multi-site, multi-year evaluation studies. Jeanine currently co-directs the Region 4 Comprehensive Center, a federally funded technical assistance center serving the mid-Atlantic region. She currently leads the eight-year evaluation of an afterschool program for newcomer students in Montgomery County, MD, and served as evaluator for the Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, a federally-funded technical assistance agency that works with districts and states to develop and implement equitable policies and practices. She led the evaluation of Detroit Children’s Fund (DCF) effort to increase the diversity and quality of school leaders and to increase the number of quality education seats available to Detroit’s students. She also led the evaluation of the i3-funded Children’s Aid (NY) Parent Leadership Institute that worked directly with a diverse group of parents to improve their level of engagement in schools and empower parents to be leaders and active advocates for their children. She has supported evaluations of work to increase the diversity of the leader pipelines in Baltimore and worked closely with state and district leaders in Maryland to develop an equity statement and develop strategies to identify and support equity-proficient school leaders. As the former Director of Research for Baltimore City Public Schools, Dr. Hildreth led internal evaluations of district improvement initiatives and served on the Charter School Advisory Board. She currently serves as president of the board member for Afya Baltimore, Inc., operator of three charter schools. Dr. Hildreth received an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in education research and policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Susan Johnson is a responsible, reflective leader who has been a champion for children throughout her career in Calvert County, Maryland. Having served as a Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director, and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Johnson inspires others to work on behalf of children every day. She believes that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential and adults must be willing to do whatever it takes, even if uncomfortable, to make that happen. Student learning and results has been the cornerstones of her career at the school and central office level, as she has implemented effective school improvement efforts, built cohesive teams, and fostered positive relationships with staff, students, and families. Dr. Johnson believes that marked results are attainable when school improvement efforts reach the classroom and change the learning experience for each student. Dr. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College. In 2012, Dr. Johnson completed her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Dr. Johnson received the 2007 Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and was nominated several times for the MASSP Principal of the Year award.