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Workshop: Leadership 101 (LA)

Leadership 101 (LA) The Leadership 101 program is designed for school leaders in their first five years in positions with administrative, management, and/or supervisory responsibilities. This program helps participants demystify and develop key process skills of an effective school leader: understanding leadership style and school culture, effective communication, self-awareness, project planning, facilitation and building a following. The group examines and discusses personal experiences, case studies, and resources from experts, building a network of support and adding competencies for success in the life of an administrator.

source site We encourage two years of participation in this program, and we vary the topics accordingly. There will be guest speakers and opportunities for mentoring from the facilitators. Two major questions we’ll consider throughout the year include:

  • What skills do you need to be an effective leader?
  • What is the role of school culture in leadership?


Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson

here Sharon Thompson is the Interim Upper School Director at Polytechnic School.  She has also held administrative leadership positions at  Phoenix Country Day School (AZ) and The Seven Hills School (OH). As an English teacher, she  taught students in grades 8-12 and has been a department chair.  She has served as a division director/head and assistant division head; she has also been a grade-level dean and a college counselor for many years in three different schools.  She has worked in development as the director of annual giving and served on several search committees, chaired some of those committees, and been a part of admissions committees. Sharon holds degrees from the University of Virginia.
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