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Webinar: Community of Practice to Develop Educational Leaders

by Julie Keane on

In this 30-minute webinar, Participate CLO Julie Keane, PhD talks with Ken Simon, EdD, an educational leader from the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) about IEL’s approach to developing leaders to transform their communities through education. The live conversation took place Tuesday, February 20, 2024.
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Key Highlights from the conversation

A few highlights of the conversation:

  • Community-Based Transformation in Education: Ken emphasized the importance of community-based transformation in educational reform, highlighting the role of communities in driving meaningful change in schools. 
  • Collaborative and Shared Leadership: The guests discussed the concept of a collaborative and shared leadership model that distributes power among various stakeholders—including parents, students, teachers, community members and administrators—to foster a more inclusive and equitable educational environment.
  • Leadership as Action and Role: Leadership was defined not just as a position but as an action that anyone within the organization can undertake. This perspective encourages a more distributed form of leadership, where individuals lead based on expertise and motivation, rather than hierarchical position, promoting a culture of empowerment and shared responsibility.
  • Micro-credentialing and Professional Development: The webinar touched upon the use of micro-credentials as a means of recognizing the professional development and learning of educational leaders. This approach to credentialing supports ongoing learning and development, encouraging leaders to engage in reflective practices, action research, and the collection of evidence to demonstrate their learning and contributions to school improvement.
  • Participate Partnership: Ken talked about the value of the Participate partnership in supporting a community of practice for educational leaders. He touched on the integrated digital badges to support microcredential pathways for educator-learners.

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