Sustaining Courageous Leadership in Schools, The Soul of Leadership: Courage, Presence, Integrity.
Over the past three years, the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) has partnered with Courage & Renewal Northeast to offer a new and unique professional learning experience for school leaders called the Soul of Leadership: Courage, Presence and Integrity.
With grant funding from the Angell Foundation to support transformational leadership, nearly 100 school leaders from a diverse cross-section of districts across Massachusetts have participated in our first four cohorts, including over 30 who have subsequently participated in our alumni network.
The world of schools has been dramatically altered by the pandemic, alongside urgent calls for racial justice and equity. Our work has expanded to meet a critical need among school leaders
while adapting from a partial to a completely online format. The challenges of leading today 2 underscore the need for school leaders who can handle stress and model caring and culturally responsive practices, creating trusting school communities where everyone feels safe, cared for, and valued.
Soul of Leadership grew out of the earlier work of Leading Together: Building Adult Community in Schools (2012), a professional development model for school teams that focuses on the critical role that clear and effective leadership plays in enhancing and supporting the adult community in
Both Soul of Leadership and Leading Together develop educators’ capacity for self-awareness, listening, and reflection in order to support the building of caring, respectful communities that are the foundation of safe, productive, and equitable schools. We enhance participants’ capacity as leaders by providing a lived experience of the process of building relational trust and offering strategies to help strengthen adult SEL. The programs integrate reflective practices into the routine of team meetings and help teams apply these practices to their daily work.
Pamela Seigle is Executive Director of Courage & Renewal Northeast, a Circle of Trust® facilitator, and founder of the nationally recognized Open Circle Program, a social and emotional learning program based at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College. She is a co-developer of the Call to Care Initiative of the Mind and Life Institute.
Chip Wood has been an activist in the fields of education and child development for the past forty years and has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and principal in both public and private schools. He was a co-founder and co-developer of The Responsive Classroom® approach and is author of Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14, Teaching for Equity, and co-author of Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders. He is also a Circle of Trust® facilitator.
Rick Rogers brings over 35 years of experience in public education, including 28 years as a principal in both urban and suburban settings. He serves as a facilitator for The Soul of Leadership, a personal and leadership renewal program for principals co-sponsored by Courage & Renewal Northeast and the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association. He also works as a consultant for Research for Better Teaching and as a mentor/coach for school leaders. He has previously served as a facilitator for the National Institute of School Leadership and as an adjunct instructor for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is passionate about the principalship with particular interest in promoting an inclusive school community, a progressive school vision, and a strong professional learning culture.