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Workshop: Developing Your Leadership Capacity (LA)


Session 1

Date: October 24, 2017
Time: 9:00-1:00
Where: Curtis School (map)

Session 2

Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 9:00-1:00
Where: Curtis School (map)

Session 3

Date: January 23, 2018
Time: 9:00-1:00
Where: Curtis School (map)

Session 4

Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 9:00-1:00
Where: Curtis School (map)

Fee: $1200 Members; ($1800 Non-members)


Developing Your Leadership Capacity (LA)

Early-bird (before Sept 1): $1100 Members
Regular (Sept 2 – Oct 10): $1200 Members
Late (after Oct 10): $1250 Members

This new, four-part seminar focuses on the power of active mentoring, hands-on coaching, personal connections, and regular reflection. Using the latest research and best practices, from the fields of education and business, this program supports its participants in demystifying and developing the key skills and habits of becoming and maintaining effective roles in leadership. The participants will deepen their own leadership capacity by exploring leadership style, school culture, communication, diversity and innovation, personal reflection, meaningful connections, and data-driven decision-making. A key theme throughout will be the power of mentoring and coaching, expanded upon by guest speakers, case studies, the facilitators’ experiences, and the participants’ strengths, themselves.

This program is designed for aspiring and current educational leaders, in both academic and non-academic (admissions, communications, development, human resources, etc.) roles.

Developing Your Leadership Capacity: A Four Part Seminar Series will be framed around four central themes:

1. Getting Better: Growth-focused feedback and evaluation of self

  • Articulate and define your unique leadership story
  • Look ahead with goal setting and benchmarking
  • Develop your skills as a leader of innovation, diversity and inclusivity

2. Leading From Where You Are: Achieve your goals by understanding your school’s culture and your place in it

  • Identify and analyze organizational structures at your school, and your place in those
  • Explore the culture of administration and leadership at your school

3. Building Connections: Mentorship and the Art of Networking

  • Identify and grow your essential connections

4. Leading with Data: What’s in the numbers?

  • Understand how data adds to your leadership narrative

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Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson

Sharon Thompson is the Assistant Head of School 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.
Sarina Fierro

Sarina Fierro

Sarina Fierro is Head of the Lower School at Curtis School in Los Angeles. She first entered the field of education 22 years ago as a Kindergarten teacher in New York. In 2001, she took a position at PS 41, one of NYC’s distinguished elementary schools, where her classroom served as the lab site for developing the Lucy Calkins Writers’ Workshop curriculum with Columbia University’s Teachers College, and where she served as one of the district’s chief mentors. In 2003, Sarina moved to Los Angeles where she taught First Grade at Curtis School. In the spring of her second year at Curtis, Sarina was appointed to Head of the Lower School. Over the last 14 years, and now, Sarina’s leadership is focused on: teacher mentoring, parent education, early intervention, assessment design, lesson study, mindfulness, inclusivity, and digital citizenship.
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