Get a Grip ... on Your Leadership

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Location: Room 260-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. Bonnie Chelette  
Stephanie Rothstein  
Melissa Summerford  

Let’s explore leadership strategies that engage and inspire staff. Panelists from across the country will share practical time-saving tips that school leaders can implement tomorrow. Whether participants are seasoned or aspiring leaders, you will leave excited and ready to transform the culture of your staff through meaningful professional learning.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Leadership
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Professional development must evolve and it is up to all educational leaders to shift it. The purpose of this session is to provide leaders with the tools to make this shift to leader centered professional learning.

Objectives- Participants will:
- Learn to impact and shift the role of a leader in professional learning to one that models the expectations of learners
- Assess the Climate and culture of their staff / organization
- Devise a plan to grow leadership with an individualized/learner centered focus
- Grow connection and collaboration
- Develop sustainable practices of meaningful gratitude


-Introductions (5 min)
Support leaders in the new horizon of tech leadership (10 min)
- Top down leadership - leading by example (10 min)
- Harnessing social media to support your school and staff as well as connect with parents (10 min)
- Connecting with teachers (CanWeTalk) (10 min)
- Collaboration/Sharing of ideas (ongoing)
- Research and further reading (5 min)
- Q & A (10 min)

The entire session will be conducted on Jamboard so participants can continually share and discuss with each other and the presenters. This will also serve as a repository for resources and ideas.

Examples/Ideas/Templates that will be given out:
Staff Shout Outs
Flipped Faculty Meetings
10 minute meeting
Reinforcing growth mindset
Why do we have school vs. why do we have PD?
Having crucial conversations
Research/further reading
Give templates and examples
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Supporting research

Start.Right.Now. Teach and Lead Excellence by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, Jimmy Casas
Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies Blended Leading That Works by Weston Kieschnick
Uncommon Learning: Creating School that work for Kids by Eric C Sheninger
Standing Meeting:

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Dr. Bonnie Chelette, Louisiana Department of Education

Bonnie Chelette is the Senior Educational Technology Consultant for the Louisiana Department of Education. She is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, & Coach, Google Educator Group Leader (GEG South Louisiana), co-founder of Global GEG, and leader of Global GEG's #ECOpen Chat. In addition, Bonnie is also an EdChange Global Leader and is passionate about supporting technology integration in schools. She shares her support and passion for coaching by bringing coaches together on a global scale.

Stephanie Rothstein

Stephanie is an Education Innovation Leader for a K-12 District in Northern California, Google Innovator, Trainer, and Coach, co-founder of GlobalGEG, creator of CanWeTalkEDU, and author of numerous articles published on Edutopia and her own blog. Her TedX Talk “My Year of Yes to Me” is published on Stephanie speaks at educational conferences around the world and was named CUE’s Teacher of the Year for 2021. She is a proud contributing author in Because of A Teacher by George Couros. Connect with Steph on Twitter and Instagram @StephRothEDU, or through her website

Melissa Summerford, Kami

Melissa Gomez Summerford has been in education for 16 years and has taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and Advanced Academics. Melissa is always looking for ways to innovate, improve her practices, and believes that it takes a team to build success. Melissa Gomez Summerford is Google Certified Trainer & Innovator and currently serves as a Lead Learning Guide at friEdTech. She is passionate about creating significant learning environments built on student choice and voice. Melissa believes that incorporating student voice and choice are the elements that lead to student ownership and engagement.