Why Attend a Women in Education Leadership Workshop?

Do you need new strategies to keep up your energy and passion for the complex job of leading schools? 

Are you looking for new tools to help groups with diverse viewpoints move forward together? 

No matter your gender, you’ll find it helpful to expand your search. Try shifting your search to include unique aspects of what women experience and what helps them thrive as school leaders.

On Thursday, April 25th I’ll be facilitating a workshop focused on these ideas: Step In, Step UP: The Women’s School Leadership Journey [link https://illinoisascd.org/professional-learning-opportunities/upcoming-conferences-workshops/category/in-person-workshop/event/2024/04/25/step-in-step-up-the-womens-school-leadership-journey-with-jane-kise] in the Chicago area.

Attendees will receive a copy of Step In, Step Up: Empowering Women for the Leadership Journey [https://www.solutiontree.com/step-in-step-up.html] which I coauthored with Australian educator extraordinaire Barb Watterston, executive director of Australian Center for Education Leadership. 

This day is for everyone, not just women. We’ll be looking at leadership through lenses that differ from the stereotypes of what makes a good leader—and we’ll be concentrating on two essential tools for succeeding and thriving as a leader over the long haul:

  • Brain Energy and Bandwidth. This framework, highlighted in Ann Holm’s and my ASCD book Educator Bandwidth [https://www.ascd.org/books/educator-bandwidth?variant=122019] goes far beyond self care to ensure your habits, and your learning community’s norms and practices, harmonize with the way your brain works. The result? Reclaiming your energy, passion and time.
  • Both/And Thinking, rather than either/or thinking. We need both the masculine and feminine viewpoint for leadership. We need to develop ourselves as leaders and work on learning community-wide norms and practices that create inequities as to who might become leaders. Student academic outcomes and the whole child. Positional leadership and shared leadership. The list goes on and on.

Why is this an important day for leaders?

  • Because the issues and barriers to women taking on leadership roles affect everyone, no matter their gender or position in our learning communities. 
  • Because students benefit from seeing diversity in leadership—role models for their own aspirations
  • Because when we emphasize traditionally masculine approaches to education, we end up with lopsided policies and practices—and these drive the pendulum swings in crucial areas. Literacy. Discipline. Testing. Accountability. Social and emotional learning, and more.

Join me as we learn together about ensuring everyone who has the potential to step into leadership feels empowered to do so—and leave with a plan for your own development. AND, share this flyer [https://illinoisascd.org/file/1096/Kise.Step.In.Step.Up%202024.pdf] with education leaders you know in the Chicago area. See you on the 25th!

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Jane Kise

Jane Kise is a consultant and executive coach. The founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates and author of over 20 books, she works with schools and businesses worldwide to help create environments where everyone can flourish.