The Art of Leadership: Influence Resilience & the Capacity to Lead

Conference Description

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How and what is required to lead a successful school and district today is confidence, the will, big hearts, and bold actions to transform plans into a dynamic engine of equity, capacity, social justice and achievement to prepare our students to become career and or college ready. Successful schools support the whole child, leverages the passion and expertise of staff, supports the fact that every child has the right to learn, and empowers healthy communities, ASCD (2019). Yet the challenges facing school and leaders today are among the toughest in decades.

The Art of Leadership Conference: Influence Resilience and the Capacity to Lead brings educators together to transform intentions into targeted strategies for high-performing schools that achieve success for students, staff, and community members.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019

Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Loyola University Maryland, Timonium Graduate Center, 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, Maryland

Parking: Ample parking on site, no passes required

Refreshments: Breakfast and lunch are included.

Speakers and Session Outcomes

Keynote: School-Based Leadership in the Challenging Era in the Field of Special Education

Dr. Mason previously served as Associate Superintendent in the Office of Special Education and Student Services. In this role, she provided oversight and supervision of special education services to support students from early childhood to 21 years of age. She also fostered the progress of students with disabilities toward the attainment of College, Career and Community Ready Standards and coordinated student services to promote emotional, mental, social and physical health and safety. A product of the county school system, Dr. Mason started her career here as a special education teacher.

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Dr. Gwendolyn Mason
Chief of Special Education and Student Services
Prince George’s County Public Schools


Keynote: Peeling Back the Labels: Uncovering What's Hidden Among LGBTQ+ Youth

This session scratches the surface in an attempt to peel back labels we place on ourselves or that have been placed on us. Participants will examine LGBTQ+ topics and how social emotional learning can assist in peeling back labels by offering support, guidance, and understanding of terminology. Examination of relationship skills, self-advocacy, and decision-making will reveal actionable steps to stimulate and promote social awareness to strengthen advocacy.

Dr. Amalio Nieves


Dr. Amalio Nieves
Executive Director, Social Emotional Support
Baltimore County Public Schools


Dr. Amalio Nieves is an experienced leader with over 30 years of leadership in large urban school districts, including Baltimore County, Chicago, Broward County and Boston. Dr. Nieves has successfully led initiatives aimed at in fostering and sustaining organizational commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and ensuring high quality equitable educational opportunities for all students.

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Shane Jensen
Music Specialist, Music and Dance Education
Baltimore County Public Schools


Shane Jensen is the Music Specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools. He holds degrees in Music Education from Concordia College and Towson University along with Post Graduate work in School Improvement and Leadership and a graduate certificate in Social and Emotional Learning.

Leadership Maturity: Leading with the End in Mind

This engaging, informative professional learning experience is designed to help aspiring leaders hone the essential leadership moves needed to advance to the next level of leadership. As leaders, we face daily challenges, but it is how we respond and rise above these challenges that determine our level of maturity and help us to stay the course in order to lead with the end in mind. Our facilitators, Dr. Stacy Ashton and Ms. Linda M. Jones, will share their professional Leadership Lessons that have helped them evolve into visionary leaders who understand the power of perseverance.

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Dr. Stacy A. Ashton
Burnt Mills Elementary School


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Mrs. Linda Jones
Stonegate Elementary School


School Culture

The important role a positive school culture plays on teacher retention and creating an overall school climate of learning. This collaborative experience will allow participants to learn about current best practices, research on the impact a positive school culture has on teacher Retention, discuss and problem solve with fellow leaders.

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Denise Ball
Principal, St. Augustine Catholic School
Archdiocese of Baltimore


Coming to the Principalship: Loved or Feared?

Machiavelli claims that deep inside every leader, whether professed or not, there lies a preference of leadership styles: to be loved, feared, or a combination. This interactive workshop is designed for school leaders to examine their leadership styles in light of the precept that effective school leaders must be loved, feared, or a combination. The leadership style which prevails from this reflective process will ultimately determine the school leader’s effectiveness in meeting the desired goals.

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Herman Mizell
Principal, Sterling Middle School
Loudoun County, VA


Career and College Readiness

Thomas Edison High School of technology is unique because the programs at Edison allow students to experience success through hands-on learning that prepares them for college and future careers.

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Shawn E. Krasa
Thomas Edison High School


The Role of the Principal as Literacy Leader (Elementary Focus)

The role of a principal is critical to implementing effective instruction and boosting literacy success in a school. A strong and effective school principal is a motivator and an instructional leader, with knowledge of research-based literacy practices. Participants will learn eight ways for principals to foster literacy culture, become literacy-savvy and oversee effective literacy instruction school wide.

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Dr. Afra Hersi
Associate Professor, Chair, Teacher Education Department
Loyola University Maryland


Equitably Serving English Language Learners: What Every School Leader Should Know

School leaders will leave with an understanding of the varying language proficiency levels. Participants will engage in courageous conversations about language varieties with the goal of being able to lead such conversations with their faculty and staff. School leaders will discuss important steps for supporting equity for culturally and linguistically responsive schooling.

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Kristina Collins
Clinical Instructor, Division Director of Literacy
Loyola University Maryland


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Dr. Margarita Gomez
Associate Professor of Literacy Education
Loyola University Maryland


How do You Recruit and Retain More Male Educators of Color? You BOND!

Participants will review local and national research regarding male educators of color, consider affinity groups that support male educators of color, hear about the experience of a particular support/mentoring group for male educators of color (The BOND Project), exchange ideas about policies that support the recruitment and retention of male educators of color, and discuss the impact of male educators of color around the country.

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Inger H. Swimpson, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Montgomery County Public Schools
Founder, BOND (Building Our Network of Diversity) Project


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Daryl C. Howard, Ph.D.
Equity Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools
Leadership Team, The Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project


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Daman Harris, Ph.D.
Principal, Montgomery County Public Schools
Co-Founder, The Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project


Crisis Communication Strategies

Crises are a reality in today's world and can negatively impact a school and district. While some are unfortunate and horrific, every crisis can be managed. Leaders must attend to the matter in an expeditious manner as resolving a crisis can be extremely challenging and demanding. Learn the most effective crisis communication strategies and for a responsive, transparent, and informative stance with students, staff, and community members.

Dr. Brian Scriven


Dr. Brian Scriven
Executive Director
Baltimore County Public Schools


Brandon Oland


Brandon Oland
Communications Specialist
Baltimore County Public Schools



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