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NEW GOVERNANCE AND EQUITY INSTITUTE AT FORDHAM GSE

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PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed. Information about rescheduled dates will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

A unique executive education program designed to strengthen the competencies and capabilities of public school boards and school administrative teams to work together to solve complex problems. The institute program supports full immersion and high intensity learning, and provides an effective opportunity for school district governance bodies and their administrative teams to engage in joint learning. Teams will be able to reflect upon how their individual actions affect the overall performance of the organization and share their learnings in a structured, collaborative, and accountable structure working with a broad network of school districts.

June 29-July 1, 2020
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
113 W 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Key Program Objectives and Institute Faculty - Faculty Details Coming Soon!

Using an innovative approach during dynamic classroom sessions, we will provide program attendees powerful tools and opportunities to apply improvement science and work in small teams focused on participant-chosen, actual school district governance problems of practice. National education and policy experts, distinguished Fordham faculty, and research-focused graduate students will collaborate with the administrative teams to build an executable action plan. These efforts will result in customized solutions that ensure equitable outcomes for all children and prepare administrative teams for strategic action immediately upon return to your respective organizations.

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Learn how to:

  • Attain actionable results and effectively report on student performance;
  • Identify ways to improve system-wide performance with an emphasis on equity for all students;
  • Design accountability systems that increase transparency and benefit all school district stakeholders.

Program Schedule and Registration Details

Schedule:

  • Three-day program
  • Multiple plenary sessions per day, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Afternoon/nightly breakout sessions dedicated to the unique challenges of each team's demographic

Please note: The number of registrations is limited and registration closes Friday, May 29, 2020.

Who Should Attend?

The institute is designed for teams of participants from school districts. Institute leaders will develop networks of school districts based upon demographics and problems of practice. Teams must include the superintendent; school board presidents or members are strongly encouraged to attend. The team may also include other district executive personnel, union presidents, teacher leaders, and community liaisons. Roles to consider for participation include:

  • Superintendent (required)
  • School Board Member or President (strongly encouraged to attend)
  • Central office administrator
  • Principal
  • Union President
  • Community liaison
  • Teacher leaders
  • Political leaders

How Do I Participate?

  • A joint commitment letter must be signed by the Superintendent and the School Board Chair/President expressing a desire to collaborate and explore issues of governance.
  • A call between the school district and a representative of the Institute will be scheduled to discuss the history and collaborative work between the superintendent and the school board.
  • An individualized, initial problem of practice will be developed.
  • The combined administrative/governance team will be identified and pre-work, including reading materials, will be sent prior to the institute.

Cost: $2,500 per participant. If four people from a district register, the 5th person is free.

Fee includes:

  • Tuition for the program
  • Books and materials
  • Light refreshments and lunch
  • Pre-engagement activities
  • Two facilitated on-line, post conference sessions to support implementation of action plans

Note: Districts should investigate the possible use of Title I or Title II resources to fund attendance.

Questions?

Shawn Joseph, Ed.D.

Contact institute leader Shawn Joseph:
Shawn Joseph, Ed.D., Visiting Associate Professor
Fordham University Graduate School of Education
Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy
sjoseph43@fordham.edu

Executive Summary

A new GSE Effective Governance and Equity Institute will be launched at Fordham University to strengthen the competencies and capabilities of public-school boards and school administrative teams to work together to solve complex problems.  As a Jesuit institution, Fordham University is committed to developing and empowering leaders who prioritize selfless service to mankind.  Our program fosters and cultivates a sense of principled leadership and a focus on doing what’s right for mankind.  We have a particular focus on providing high-quality leadership and support to underserved communities throughout the world.  At the heart of this unique executive program is providing school district leaders, from around the world, tools and skills to implement rigorous, principle-centered leadership practices that improve outcomes for all children.  This institute will provide leaders with concrete tools to think about how they see challenges, choices, opportunities, and people as they tackle tough problems. We will provide tools to support your school district’s ability to place the organizations’ goals above self-interests.  The program recognizes the importance of effective collaboration between school governance bodies and school administration teams to ensure equitable outcomes for all children.  It will be executed by faculty and graduate students from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and key partners with in-depth experience related to issues of governance and equity.

Program Objectives

Mindset – how we see challenges, choices, opportunities, people, and so on -  matters.  And understanding how mindset can affect a school district’s ability to achieve results is at the core of this institute’s work.  The program will provide participants with the opportunity to explore strategic topics related to effective governance and effective collaboration.  Using an innovative approach and tools to thinking about mindset and its impact, classroom sessions will provide opportunities for participants to apply improvement science and collaborate in small teams focused on real school district problems of practice in the area of governance.  The objectives of the institute include the following:

  • Support school district leaders in their understanding of how to change mindsets
  • Help school boards, superintendent teams, and/or union teams to be more accountable to one another, beginning by seeing one another as people first
  • Demonstrate ways to report on performance in a way that keeps the organization focused on equity
  • Provide tools and practices to address and resolve conflicts between school boards and school administration
  • Define what equity means in your school district and identify key equity levers to improve system-wide performance for all students, including best practices in diversifying the workforce
  • Initiate design of accountability systems that increase transparency between school districts and the community and deepen participants understanding and implementation of improvement science
  • Develop action plans to implement within the school district to focus on improved, more equitable outcomes for all students
  • On-going pre-institute and post institute technical support will be provided to school districts to support their implementation of improvement science, strategic planning support, and support for improved collaboration and communication

Cutting across these themes will be attention to leadership and the relationship between the board, the administration, unions, and the community; managing conflict and building the capacity of boards, unions, and school administration to focus on improvement using improvement science; and addressing the persistent inequities in school districts and communities.

In addition to whole group classroom sessions, governance teams and school administration will experience facilitated time by Fordham University faculty and national experts in the field of education and policy to explore a problem of practice and develop an executable action plan to better support effective collaboration upon return to their school districts.  Tangible tools will be shared for immediate and improved governance work.  Additional job-embedded support will be offered to school districts, and school networks will be created to support effective implementation of learning.

How Will School Districts Benefit?

Leadership matters.  Many school districts across the country experience challenges because of organizational confusion created by a lack of focus between a school system’s governance structure and how the vision, mission, and purpose of the organization are executed through the school district’s administrative team.  The structure of the institute provides opportunities for learning across school districts and school districts will be given concrete tools to take back to their district to implement.  Opportunities for job-embedded support outside of the institute will also be available to participating school districts. 

This institute provides a rare and unique opportunity for school boards to collaborate with one another and with their school administrative teams around a concrete problem of practice. Nationally, there are few opportunities for school district governance bodies and their administrative teams to engage in joint learning, to reflect upon how their individual actions affect the overall performance of the organization, and to share their learnings in a structured, collaborative, and accountable structure working with a network of school districts.

Who Should Attend?

The institute is designed for teams of participants from school districts. Institute teams will develop networks of school districts based upon demographics and problems of practice. Team make up may include the superintendent, other district executive personnel, union presidents, and school board members. Roles to consider for participation include:

  • Superintendent (required)
  • Other Central Office leadership
  • Principal
  • Union President
  • Community Liaison
  • School Board Member/President (Strongly encouraged)
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Political leaders 

How Do I Participate?

  • A joint commitment letter needs to be crafted and signed by the Superintendent and the Board Chair expressing a commitment to collaborate and explore issues of governance.
  • A call between the school district and a representative of the Institute will be scheduled to discuss the history and collaborative work between the superintendent and the school board.
  • An initial problem of practice will be developed.
  • The combined administrative/governance team will be identified and pre-work, including reading materials, will be sent prior to the initial convening.

Institute Finances

There is a $2,500 registration fee per participant (When four participants register from one district, the 5th participant is free).  The fee covers tuition, books, materials, and some meals, administrative support, and facilities (classrooms and study rooms).