Connecting Soul of Leadership to Anti-Racist Leadership: “Step into Your Power” with Dr. Janice Jackson

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 3:30-5:30 pm on Zoom

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When it may feel like a dragon has come to life and is breathing fire, how do you continue to move forward?  This is a feeling that envelopes many educators at this moment. The worldwide Covid pandemic, the murder of Mr. George Floyd (and others), political unrest, and climate change have made the many injustices in our society abundantly clear. Democracy is hanging in the balance. Laid bare are the injustices of racism, poverty, and the uneven distribution of power. Too many people are denied agency in decision-making about their own lives. Many people/groups see this reality as a clarion call for justice. And for others it brings fear of losing life as they know it. The cracks in our social fabric have been exposed.  Many have focused on the darkness. Now is the time to focus on the light that shines through and step into OUR power. School leaders are key actors in bringing about the just schools that support our citizens and democracy. Transformative change to bring about a just society is messy and requires practiced disciplined thinking and action. Too often the response has stopped at protest and little changes. Sustained work must go deeper. Leading transformative change begins with inner work.

This conversation is designed to provide participants with research-based knowledge about transformative systemic/social change that will guide school leaders in facilitating the development of just education systems.  Participants will engage in experiences that will apply information being learned.  Leadership is a journey. This session is a step in supporting leaders grounded in curiosity and wonder on this journey.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Janice Jackson is an independent education consultant with a focus on leadership and transformative systemic change, anti-racist strategies, healing centered leadership, teaching and learning, teachers’ and principals’ professional identity. Prior to her current role she was Senior Advisor for Equity and Inclusion for Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL), the Senior Associate with the National Equity Project, and the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

Dr. Jackson served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. She has worked in several academic positions, including: Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Senior Associate on the Wallace funded Executive Leadership Program for Educators, a multi-year collaborative effort of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Jackson was a faculty member in the Leadership for Change Program in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Prior to going to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was an assistant professor at Boston College in the Lynch School of Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education.

During the first term of the Clinton Administration, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the U. S. Department of Education, where she also served as Acting Assistant Secretary.

Dr. Jackson has held several positions with the Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin, as well as with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  She began her career as a Middle School teacher in a K-8 school.

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