OLN-NEP Leading for Equity in Complex Systems

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Whether it’s implementing the Common Core for all students, addressing disproportionality in discipline, or redesigning entire schools, many education leaders approach their system’s challenges and change initiatives as complicated problems to solve. But equity challenges are more than complicated – they are complex – so emergent solutions must be found through dynamic interactions of diverse people and networks working together. Leaders in complex systems must be skilled at balancing both technical and relational approaches.

This seminar will help you to think, engage and act differently about your work: to expand your equity consciousness and move beyond a perpetual (and often reactive) task list toward more dynamic approaches to problem solving and decision-making. Explore process and planning tools that can match the level of complexity in your situation and context. Consider how to link your day-to-day activities with your long-term vision of equity, even in a changing and unpredictable world.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the inherent tensions, contradictions and uncertainty in leading for equity in complex systems
  • Use a complex systems and systemic oppression lens to assess your system’s opportunities and challenges
  • Learn a framework and approach for problem-identification, decision-making, and taking action in your system
  • Reflect on your own leadership, given your identity, role, and responsibilities — and generate ideas about possible next moves regarding an equity challenge you are facing

Who Should Attend

District Office Managers & Directors, Program Directors, School Leaders, Board Members – anyone charged with implementing significant initiatives or projects involving multiple people and groups. Participants are strongly encouraged to come with colleagues from the same context.

Date and Location

April 10–11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Northwest Regional ESD
5825 NE Ray Circle
Hillsboro, OR 97124-6436