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Tuesday, May 14 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Relationships matter: How educational leaders can inspire and empower staff towards professional growth and positive school change.

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Research has proven the connection between school leadership and the considerable improvement which can occur to the learning and achievement of students. For educational leaders to make a positive contribution to the teaching and learning among their staff, they must first be able to inspire their teams to reach higher and work harder. Decisive leadership can energize and create a sense of direction. A successful lead teacher knows how to guide and provide staff with varied opportunities to meet diverse needs. They help infuse team energy and enlist commitment to school goals by fueling individual passion and purpose. More importantly, they know how to cultivate relationships to impact the school culture, help promote distributive leadership and encourage the innovative practice. We will explore our professional influence and ability to cultivate and maintain positive relationships to influence school development, asking questions such as:  How do we inspire and build our teams? How do we recognize the professional needs and advance necessary changes? How do we adapt and maintain flexibility to educational challenges? How do we gain insights into driving factors to harness a growth mindset within our teams?

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Selena Mell

Education Director, Phorms Education (Germany)
Selena Mell is from Quebec, Canada and has been involved in the field bilingual education, in a range of public and private school positions from Kindergarten to adult education, since 1989. She has worked as a Principal/Head for multiple K-7 schools in Quesnel, British Columbia... Read More →
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Dr. Candace Grossjohann

Student Support Services and Pastoral Care Director, Phorms Education
Dr. Candace Grossjohann has been engaged in the field of education and public health for over 20 years as a direct service provider, trainer, consultant, researcher, and administrator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Hofstra University in New York, and both her Masters... Read More →

Tuesday May 14, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm MDT
Ivor Petrak Room