Bringing the Family to the Table: Leadership Connections Through Cooking

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Jacqueline Levine  

Through informal conversations and unique virtual cooking experiences, our BOCES tackled topics including reopening, conflict resolution, equity, and STEAM education. With self-care and connection as the priority, leaders from all over the country and from all levels joined our virtual leadership series to converse, collaborate and cook together.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Twitter
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Participate regularly in online professional learning networks to collaboratively learn with and mentor other professionals.
  • Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Challenge: How do you maintain connection and leadership learning in a virtual world while incorporating fun and allowing people to shine as individuals? The purpose of this presentation is to inspire leaders to bring their whole and creative selves to provide safe, informal, and judgement-free learning opportunities to their colleagues. Through this activity, we learned so much about each other as people with families and passions as well as educational leaders. By the end of this presentation, attendees should be able to identify natural talents or passions they have that could create a unique space for connection, recruit speakers and hosts, and market their event(s) using multiple platforms. I will use Constant Contact, Twitter, and Zoom as the technology tools and platforms we used. Through breakout groups (either virtually or in person) we would have colleagues discuss unique ways they have kept leaders connected with each other across a region or district and identify other passions/talents they could bring forward to share with others in a space while discussing the leadership implications about certain topics.


Welcome and chat introductions/in person introductions
Why? (5 minutes)
-Why did we pursue this form of connection?
-Activity: Breakout/turn and talk: How have you stayed connected with colleagues?
History (15 minutes)
-A history of the connection and collaboration around PNW BOCES
-The genesis and description of PL on the Go
-How cooking came to be a partnership
The Development (20 minutes)
-Recruiting the leaders
-Deciding on the themes and marketing
-Getting the word out
-Activity: we will collaborate on a Constant Contact to show folks how to use this or similar platforms for email creation
-Activity: Breakout/Turn and talk - what passions/talents could you bring to the table? Who would you recruit to co-host/facilitate and what topics would you build the conversation around?

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