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A Seat at the Table: Strategies & Tips for Complex Decision-Making

This event occurred on May 19, 2021 3:02 PM EDT, but is available to view on-demand.
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Schools are working through the most disruptive period in the history of modern education, facing a pandemic, economic problems, social justice issues, and rapid technological change all at once. But even after the pandemic ends, the pace of change is likely to continue quickening. This episode will focus on examining the new strategies, tactics, and technologies K-12 education leaders are using to make decisions about complex problems.

We’ll answer your questions and others including:

  • How can you get away from strategies that fail in execution because of insufficient coordination?
  • How do you break down departmental silos that have their own agendas and approaches for evaluating the effectiveness of programs?
  • Is it possible to limit emotion and politics in big decisions?
  • How to avoid the paralysis that often happens when there are too many alternatives or choices.
Speakers
Victor Shandor
Superintendent York County School Division (Va.)
Shandor was appointed the superintendent of York County schools in Virginia in August 2014. He has served more than 27 years as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. He has a doctorate in educational leadership from Wingate University.
John J-H Kim
Senior Lecturer Harvard Business School
Kim is a senior lecturer in general management at Harvard Business School where he created and teaches the course: Transforming Education Through Social Entrepreneurship. His extensive background includes working in the education, entrepreneurship, and business management sectors. He also mentors entrepreneurs and is the co-chair of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) at Harvard University, the founder and the CEO of the District Management Group, and a senior adviser to McKinsey & Company.
Kevin Bushweller
Assistant Managing Editor, Director of Editorial/Business Collaboration, Education Week; Executive Editor EdWeek Market Brief
Kevin Bushweller oversees coverage of educational technology and learning environments for Education Week.
Moderator
Peter DeWitt is a former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach.

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