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Strength-Based Leadership for Superintendents: Developing Strength-Based Schools & Districts

This class is for individuals who hold the title of School District or County Superintendent. Research by Gallup indicates that leaders who routinely discuss strengths with their staff have teams that are 12.5% more productive than those who don’t. Staff who feel their managers focus on strengths are twice as engaged (30% to 61%). This series will explore the concept of strength-based leadership in education. Throughout the series, administrators will begin by looking at their own strengths and thinking about how they apply to the work they do. Then the focus will shift to how leaders can leverage the strengths of their staff. Finally, participants will consider how schools can focus on strengths, rather than simply identifying and correcting weaknesses.

In the final session of the series, participants will learn about how some educators are approaching developing strength-based schools, including tools that can be used in classrooms and with staff to build on strengths. Individuals who are implementing strength-based classes and schools will present on their approach to this challenge. Participant discussion will also include plans to implement some of the concepts presented.

When Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:00am - 2:00pm
Location SCOE, Board Room
Presenter Dr. Paul Porter has been an educator, counselor, principal, director of pupil personnel, special education director, SELPA director, university professor, and district superintendent. He is well known for his training and consulting in the areas of leadership, team building, strength-based supervision, appreciative inquiry, organizational development, school law, dealing with difficult people, communications, and motivation.
Cost Free
Audience District superintendents
Registration Kimberly Vallée, (707) 524-2603,
Questions Kimberly Vallée, (707) 524-2603,

Online Registration is not available.