Professional Development Online Summit

What's Next for Professional Development: An Overview for Principals

This event occurred on November 18, 2021 2:30 PM EST and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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Professional development for principals and administrators can’t be limited to one-off lectures or seminars. Given the volatile nature of the job, these school leaders need to stay fresh through experiential training that keeps them in touch with their peers, the classrooms they oversee, and their own personal needs. This summit looks at ways to leverage school and district resources in areas like coaching and immersion in the classroom, as well as how principals apply what they’ve learned in coping with crises like the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance their professional growth.

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Christopher Balow, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer SchoolMint
With more than 33 years in public education, Dr. Balow has a passion for helping struggling students improve their academic, behavioral, social and emotional status. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology from Arizona State University with sub-specialties in behavioral psychology, assessment, quantitative methods and child development. Dr. Balow is the Chief Academic Officer at SchoolMint, where he consults and coaches partnered schools and districts around the country.
Robert Borneman
Principal Coach Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Robert Borneman is a principal coach in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, where he served as principal of Hopper Middle School for five years and of Cook Middle school for six years. He also worked as the director of instruction at Arnold Middle School for four years.
Carla Brosnahan
Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Dr.Brosnahan currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership. She began her career as a 4th/5th grade teacher working four years before being promoted to assistant principal. She served five years in that role before opening a new campus as an AP in 1992. Following three years as an AP there, Brosnahan was promoted to principal. After eight years she opened a new elementary school in 2003. She was selected as CFISD Elementary Principal of the Year in 2005-2006. Carla earned her BA in Education and Guidance Counseling from Houston Baptist University and her Master of Education and Supervision from the University of Houston. She earned her doctoral degree in professional leadership from the University of Houston in 2011 and also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Houston.
Jessica Cabeen
Principal Ellis Middle School, Austin, Minnesota
Jessica Cabeen is the Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin Minnesota. In 2017 she was named the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. Jessica is a NAESP Middle Level Fellow and a Future Ready Principal. She is the author of Hacking Early Learning and co-authored Balance Like A Pirate, Unconventional Leadership, as well as Lead with Grace: Leaning into the Soft Skills of Leadership. Jessica can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @JessicaCabeen and on her website:
Katie Davis
Customer Marketing Manager SchoolMint
Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA where she resides with her daughters. After taking her first technology startup to IPO and taking time off to be with her family (which was especially meaningful during the pandemic school closures), she found her next passion in technology—education. Davis has worked for SchoolMint since January 2021 as the Content Marketing Manager, and has recently begun working on a new initiative in her role as Customer Marketing Manager.
Roy Garcia
Chief Officer for School Leadership Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Roy Garcia has been in the education profession for 33 years. He began as a middle school science teacher and coach. He served as a high school assistant principal and principal for thirteen years. In 2005, he joined the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District as the assistant superintendent for secondary school administration. He currently serves as Chief Officer for School Leadership, which includes being the coach and supervisor for the district’s principals. Roy is on the Board of Directors for Cy-Hope; he has served as a field advisor for the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. In May, 2014, he was elected as a Board Member for the Texas ASCD and served as president in 2016-2017.
Meaghan Greene
Education Consultant Promethean
Meaghan was a middle school math teacher for 8 years in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System before joining Promethean as an Education Consultant. She holds a Master’s in Education from Boston College, where she also received her undergraduate degree. Meaghan is passionate about making learning accessible and engaging for all students. She loves working with educators to help them feel successful and impactful as the leaders of their classroom. She is always looking for ways to help teachers utilize technology to make their lessons more meaningful for students. Meaghan lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has lived ever since Teach for America placed her there in 2013.
Manuela Haberer
Principal Boone Elementary, Northside Independent School District
Manuela Haberer was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. Spanish was her first language, and she was the first generation in her family to be born in the USA and attend college. She has spent her education career with Northside Independent School District in San Antonio where she has been principal of Boone Elementary, a Title I campus, for almost 7 years now. Prior to that, she was vice principal for 4 years.
Molly-Armine Holston
Education Consultant Promethean
Molly-Armine Holston is an Education Consultant at Promethean serving Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Special Education from James Madison University. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as her Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. With twelve years of experience across the PK12 continuum, Molly-Armine has served as a special education teacher, instructional coach, and school administrator. While working at Promethean, Molly-Armine leverages her passion for the power of educational technology as a tool for equity and inclusion within the classroom.
Steve McManus
Upper School Principal Friends School of Baltimore
Steve McManus is the Upper School Principal at Friends School of Baltimore, a role he has held since 2011. Prior to coming to Friends, Steve served as the Head of Middle School at Garrison Forest School, an independent, all girls residential/day school in Owings Mills., MD After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, Steve began his career in education in Baltimore City Public Schools where he taught middle school social studies, U.S History, and geography as part of an alternative certification Master’s program with Towson University. Steve holds a B.S. in International Relations from Georgetown University, a M.A. in Teaching from Towson University, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University of Maryland.
Sage Papaioannou
Principal, Hamilton Elementary School Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Sage Papaioannou is in her third year as the principal of Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, Texas. She has also served as a middle school assistant principal, a middle school director of instruction, and an elementary and middle school counselor.
Michael Richard
Senior Account Executive SchoolMint
At SchoolMint, Michael Richard /reeshard/ leads the Positive Classrooms team. He comes to his role at SchoolMint from a career in teaching, school leadership, and non-profit management. Michael has spent 20 years working in education and is pleased to be part of the movement to accelerate instructional growth. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University, an MA in Teaching from National Louis University, and an MBA from Tulane University, and is married and the father of two wonderful daughters.
Jonathan Saiz
Principal Governor Bent Elementary School, Albuquerque Public School District
Jonathan Saiz began his educational career in the Albuquerque Public School District in 2008 as an elementary teacher at Armijo Elementary School. Mr. Saiz was accepted to a highly competitive principal preparation program, Alliance for Leading and Learning. Soon after the program was completed, he became an assistant principal at Kit Carson Elementary School. Currently, Mr. Saiz is the proud principal at Governor Bent Elementary School. This year marks his 6th year leading the school.
Hannah Schuele
Customer Success Manager SchoolMint
Hannah Schuele is a Customer Success Manager at SchoolMint, having worked for the Grow classroom observation solution for over 4 years. There she supports districts like Denver Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, Syracuse Public Schools, Beaumont ISD and Spring ISD. Prior to her time at SchoolMint, she studied Psychology at Tulane University. In New Orleans she found her passion for supporting and bringing joy to young students through various volunteer opportunities and internships at local charter schools.
Kerensa Wing
Principal Collins Hill High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Kerensa Wing celebrates her 32nd anniversary of serving Gwinnett County Public School children. She first joined the school district in 1990 to teach social studies, serving at Shiloh High School and Collins Hill High School. In 2001, she was a finalist for the Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year title. In fall of 2002, she became an assistant principal at Collins Hill, a position she held until she was named as the first principal of Lanier High School in 2010. In February of 2014, she returned to Collins Hill High School as its principal. Mrs. Wing earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Education from Oglethorpe University, going on to earn a master’s degree in Social Studies from Georgia State University and a specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. She is a graduate of the school district’s 2008 Quality-Plus Leader Academy Aspiring Principal Program, Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2014, a member of the 2016 Harvard PELP team, 2019 State Principal of the Year for Georgia, and the NASSP 2020 National Principal of the Year.
Elizabeth Heubeck is a staff writer for Education Week.
Arianna Prothero covers technology, student well-being, and the intersection of the two for Education Week.
Denisa R. Superville was an assistant editor at Education Week who focused on principals and school leadership.

Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.