“Women Leading Change for Positive and Enduring Results”
Thursday, March 19
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Change is constant, complex, and unpredictable. It is inherent in life, the schoolhouse, in business, in politics, and in nature. Change represents, in many cases, loss, loss of the familiar—familiar people, familiar ways of doing things, familiar traditions. To lead change, we need both technical and emotional skills.
Women leading change find the work multifaceted and challenging. This session, inspired by the book that Ms. Robbins wrote with Harvey Alvy, Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success, will explore the leadership practices that Abraham Lincoln used to facilitate change and the implications for 21st Century leaders.
Session participants will acquire:
- Critical understandings about the change process.
- Basic principles regarding facilitating both individual and organizational change.
- Findings about why change fails.
- Strategies for working productively with resistance.
- Vital ingredients for building a culture that supports change.
The focus of the session is to offer practical approaches that can be applied immediately in a variety of contexts.
This year’s keynote will be presented by Pam Robbins, who consults for school systems, state departments of education, universities, professional organizations, and corporate clients across the United States, Canada, Europe, Great Britain, South America, and Asia. Pam earned a doctorate in educational administration from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on the development of professional learning communities. She has served as a special and regular education teacher; a high school basketball coach; the Director of Staff Development, Special Projects and Research for the Napa County Office of Education; and the Director of Training for the North Bay California School Leadership Academy.
Pam conducts workshops on leadership, supervision, school culture, professional learning communities, organizational change, brain research and its implications for high-quality teaching, mentoring, peer coaching, and presentation skills. She has also presented at ASCD’s Professional Development Institutes.