From Conflict to Collaboration: Leadership Shifts that Changed School

Tuesday, February 26 1:00 pm–1:50 pm
TCC - Skagit 4

With more freedom doesn't necessarily come more creativity. Like driving through a mountain pass without guardrails, navigating shifts in education without guardrails can feel unsettling. As teachers, there's a delicate balance between letting go of control to allow students freedom to create with a sense of ownership, and chaos. There is a similar effect with adults on staff. Through visiting schools in United States, Europe and Asia, as well as talking with industry leaders who are known for cutting edge teams, and my own research, I created a new iteration for leadership design with the hope of seeing a positive shift. This shift included entirely redesigning the interview and hiring process as well as professional development, collaboration opportunities, and celebrating educators taking risks. Parents and students voiced noticing a positive shift even within the first month of school.

Type: 50-minute Session
Focus Area: 1:1, AR/VR, Assessment, Brain Research, Coaching, CTE, Digital Citizenship, Emerging Trends, Leadership, Microsoft, Mobile Devices, Online/Blended Learning, Professional Development, STEM/STEAM
Skill Level: Advanced

Presented by

Michelle Zimmerman Michelle Zimmerman, Renton Prep

Michelle Zimmerman, author of “Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning” received her PhD in Learning Sciences and Human Development from University of Washington, College of Education. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, she is a third year Microsoft MVP for global impact. With 18 years in the classroom (PreK -10th), her students gained international recognition through global school visits hosting Ministries of Education and Delegates at Renton Prep from China, Pakistan, Serbia, Australia, UK, Japan, Brazil, France, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Netherlands, and U.S.A. She is published in Springer’s International Human-Computer Interaction Series and press such as VentureBeat.