SOL Tuesday Workshop Proposal Black Out

One common misunderstanding of leadership assumes that it means being above or in front of others. In this session we will consider what it looks like when you lead from right where you are in your organization and community. That might be from the middle or the sidelines, behind the scenes or someplace else. We’ll study examples of school folks who have built sustainable personal and professional networks but who were not holders of titled positions. Participants will recognize ways in which they may already be hosting a community or consider where they might begin. None of us needs to be a superhero to initiate change that matters. Around-the-way leadership helps us think about bringing folks together focused on accessibility and inclusion.

Schools typically reinforce top-to-bottom hierarchies. To advance in education teachers are counseled to ‘move up’ into administration. This session aims to offer a different way of considering leadership that is community and network-based, that relies on peer-level relationships, mutuality and shared growth. As individuals and groups we can initiate activities that benefit and interest others without having anyone confer a title upon us. To lead does not mean having all the answers; it can be about discovering better questions together. Often, as non-white, non-male, non-cis and/or non-hetero folks in independent schools we may find ourselves building and gathering without calling it leadership. Here, we’ll ask both why and what else. Interrogation, validation and celebration best summarize the aims of this highly interactive workshop.

Workshop Proposal 12478

leadership assumes being above
                                          others.
You lead
                from right where 
                                               you
                                      might        be.

None of us needs to be a superhero to initiate change that matters.

bring folks together.


Schools reinforce hierarchies.
To advance, teachers 'move up'
into administration.

we can initiate activities that benefit and interest others without having a title.
ask both why and what else.

This is my proposal.

4 thoughts on “SOL Tuesday Workshop Proposal Black Out

  1. Do you hear that sound? It’s me, putting down my plan book, throwing my flair pens to the wind, the chair falling to the floor as I stand with resonant applause. This! This! Yes! This!

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  2. Yup. And this reminds me that it is time to teach my darling senior students how to use poetry to get to the heart of their ideas. Also, are you *sure* you weren’t secretly in a meeting with me today? Because I might have said that we need to engage actual teachers if we want this plan to work…

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