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Department Chairs Program (LA)

The role of the department chair is often one of the most complex in a school. The chair must negotiate the responsibilities of leadership within the department as a teaching colleague while at the same time work with the administrative team in addressing the larger issues of the entire school. The goal of the Department Chairs Program is to provide the opportunity for exploring the multilayered challenges of this unique position and to support its participants in becoming more effective and satisfied in their work.

With the help of readings, activities, and group work, participants will learn new skills and processes, support each other around challenges they face, and establish a strong “leadership learning community” amongst themselves. The program explores educational leadership and what it means to lead as a teacher while advancing the professional and departmental goals they have identified.

argument for euthanasia essays Some of the specific topics and issues we will explore are:

  • Forging a common and compelling vision/direction amongst independent-minded colleagues;
  • Meeting design and facilitation;
  • Building professional community so that teachers can discuss their practice, learn together, and support one another’s growth – including the use of structured protocols to share our teaching practice and student work;
  • Leading and managing change over time. Central questions we will explore are:

  1. How can I support the design and facilitation of key department work?
  2. How can I support my department to collaborate and develop as a professional learning community?
  3. How can I help the department contribute to the development of the school as a whole?

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Stella Beale

Stella Beale

Stella Beale began her career in education twenty years ago teaching English in the public schools in North Carolina. Since then, she has lived and worked in Michigan, New York, and California. She spent six years as the English Department Chair at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan and five as a class dean at San Francisco University High School. For the past three years, she has worked as Associate Director of Upper School at Windward in Los Angeles, California. As Associate Director, Stella has many disparate duties and responsibilities, but those that most interest her concern supporting faculty in creating curriculum and becoming more effective teachers. Stella earned her BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received an MA in Education from Wake Forest University and her MEd in Private School Leadership is a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College/Columbia University. Stella is also the proud mother of a rising 11th grader and an avid runner and hiker. When she's not in school, attending a CATDC workshop, or reading educational theory, she can most often be found pounding the pavement in West LA.
Larisa Showalter

Larisa Showalter

After receiving her B.A. in both history and peace studies from Wellesley College, Larisa spent time working in a bookstore and holding office jobs at both Brandeis University and the Kennedy School of Government. She found her calling in teaching while volunteer tutoring at her neighborhood's public school in Boston. Larisa then went back to Wellesley to get certified to teach and later received her M.A. in teaching social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She held a variety of teaching and administrative roles on the east coast, including Assistant Head of Upper School and Interim Head of Upper School. Most recently she was the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Windward School in Los Angeles and taught eighth and tenth grade history. Now she is a founding faculty member and History Department Chair at the new school, Geffen Academy at UCLA, which will begin accepting students in 2017.
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