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Breakthrough Leadership: From Surviving to Thriving

Breakthrough Leadership: From Surviving to Thriving

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 1:00pm

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These unprecedented times have common themes and ongoing root causes from the past. Yet solving and resolving them systemically will require much more than routine management--why “Surviving to Thriving” is becoming a top agenda item for leading administrators focused on equity.

In this, Session 2 of our free leader-to-leader webinar series, Pedro Noguera and seven of the field’s top leaders and practitioners join Alan Blankstein and Marcus Newsome to share both the best solutions to today’s most pressing issues, as well as how to plan for the near- and long-term future of educating ALL students.


Discover from your peers:

  • What are the guiding six principles for truly Equitable Learning Communities (ELCs)
  • How schools are successfully grappling with distance learning, students and families facing trauma, and financial challenges
  • How top leaders are going from surviving to thriving for staff and students
  • How leaders are developing trust internally and within the larger community to leverage on behalf of support for schools and students
  • How to gain teacher support and recruit, rebuild, and retain staff in the ELC
  • Learning to leveraging crisis to enhance equitable outcomes through courageous and breakthrough leadership


  • Alan Blankstein, Founder, Solution Tree & HOPE Foundation
    Award-winning Author, Failure Is Not an Option™
  • Marcus Newsome, Director of the Virginia Superintendents Leadership Academy
  • Monica George-Fields, President and Chief Education Officer of REACH

Introduction by:

  • Pedro Noguera, Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, CA


  • Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Lewis Ferebee, Chancellor of DC Public Schools
  • Rosa Atkins, Superintendent, Charlottesville, VA
  • John Malloy, Superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, CA (Former Superintendent of Toronto Public Schools)
  • Susan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline School District, WA (Near Seattle)
  • Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Schools, VA
  • Nicol Turner Lee, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies and director for The Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution