Department Chairs Program

Oct 25, 2019 8:30AM—Mar 13, 2020 12:30PM

Cost $1,350 members; ($2,025 non-members)

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Department Chairs Program

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.

 

SESSION 1: October 25, 2019 at Adat Shalom Temple

SESSION 2: December 4, 2019 at Adat Shalom Temple

SESSION 3: January 31, 2020 at Adat Shalom Temple

SESSION 4: March 13, 2020 at Adat Shalom Temple

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

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?

Testimonials

Sharing with colleagues of various experiences and the terrific facilitation of our moderator (Deb Dowling) made the sessions extremely thought-provoking, applicable, and fun!

I really liked the final session where we thought about the kinds of leaders we are. It not only gave me insight about my strengths and weaknesses as a leader, but also for my departmental colleagues and how to manage various relationship based on those personality types. I also found it helpful talking about how to structure department meetings and how to do paper trails for low performing colleagues.

FACILITATOR

DeborahDowling

Dr. Deborah Dowling

Deborah Dowling has been the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs at Chadwick School since 2012; previously, she was the Upper School Director at Bridges Academy, and before that, the Director of Studies and Middle School Science Chair at Harvard Westlake School. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Deborah holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science. Deborah has taught students from kindergarten through undergraduate, in subjects ranging from music and philosophy through outdoor education and information technology, but most of her work has been in middle school science and high school physics. She has developed science curriculum materials for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, UCLA, Western Governors University, and the Victorian State Board of Studies in Australia. 

SCHEDULE

Date: October 25, 2019

Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

LOCATION

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.