Professors in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Department, Dr. Ellen Miller-Brown and Dr. Doris Candelarie strive to impact and empower education leaders to release their “untapped potential.” On July 30th at the 46th Annual CASE Education Leadership Convention in Breckenridge, Colorado, they presented Releasing Untapped Potential: What Works for Equity Leadership alongside Jesús Rodríguez, school leader and Ed.D student, and Tracy Stegall, school leader. During this interactive session, the speakers discussed how they are working to build an intentional, inclusive, and collaborative culture with a growth rather than deficit mindset, and to ensure balance in their schools for educating the whole child. Attendees also had the opportunity to delve into common leadership challenges and apply innovative solutions to address them.
Focusing the discussion on the importance of equity literacy during their presentation, Dr. Miller-Brown commented, “While much is known about best practices in leadership for curriculum, instruction, assessment, systems design, and community engagement, little is applied or discussed about the impact Equity Literacy and intercultural competence in leadership can have on student success.” The ELPS Department, which was recently approved by the Colorado Department of Education to be a provider of Turnaround Leadership development, prepares leaders equipped to transform schools to release the untapped potential within their schools and communities.
Organized by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), the Education Leadership Convention is the largest professional development event of the year for critical learning and sharing best practices with colleagues. This was the first year CASE offered a series of workshops on Equity Leadership, and following the success of this series, Drs. Miller-Brown and Candelarie have been invited to present on the topic once again at the CASE Winter Leadership Conference in February 2016.