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Aspiring Leaders

Our program will support and guide individuals who are aspiring to school leadership roles. These professionals will receive assistance in determining their interest in and aptitude for leadership. Ideally, districts will nominate and refer potential candidates who will receive development support in small group settings over a specified period of time in order to help create a pipeline of capable and experienced leaders for the future.

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Assistant Principals

CEEL will support assistant principals who seek to assume the responsibilities of the principalship. These individuals bring a level of leadership experience but often lack the full skill set needed to move into a head principalship role. Districts will be offered the opportunity to both refer assistant principals and make recommendations as to specific subject area content needed for particular individuals in order to enhance his or her leadership potential. Assessments will be administered and interpreted for identification of development needs.

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Principals

CEEL will support the development of principals in their second through fifth year of service. Districts will nominate candidates for this customized, needs-based, transformative leadership opportunity for principals across the state. Development needs will be determined through 360 degree feedback evaluations and leadership assessments of capability and capacity. Leadership skills will be developed through a variety of methods, including workshops, small group discussions, simulations and case studies, group and individual experiential school-based projects and stretch assignments.

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District Level Leaders

CEEL will support superintendents and district level leaders through customized, needs-based and transformative leadership opportunities. Cohorts of leaders will learn together and challenge themselves and each other to identify and take to mastery those specific skills and behaviors that will affect student achievement over an entire district.

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Aspiring Leaders

Below are the 2017-18 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for aspiring leaders.  Please see below for information how to register.

There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions.  Aspiring leaders are invited to register for Year Two sessions regardless of their completion of Year One sessions.

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Year One

 

October 24, 2017

How Can I Know if School Leadership is Right for Me?

Participants will examine the role of a school leader and will analyze their skill set to fill such a role. Participants will identify the challenges that concern them most and engage in dialogue, activities, role plays and case studies to address their concerns.  Attend this session to assess your readiness to take on the important role of school leader.

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February 28, 2018

Preparing for the Role and Responsibility of School Leadership

This is the second seminar in a two-part series for Aspiring Leaders. Using input from the fall session, participants will engage in roundtable learning sessions on key topics like student discipline, special education, supervising adults, and managing school operations, conducted by school leaders currently serving in these roles. In the afternoon session, participants will continue to self-analyze and develop an action plan for moving into a leadership role, if at the end of the analysis, school leadership is a pathway they wish to pursue.

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Year Two

 

January 17, 2018

Effective Listening Skills in Your New Role

Listening is the cornerstone of communication.  Effective listening makes the person speaking feel valued, prevents miscommunication, speeds productivity, and creates more active forums of discussion.

From reading body language and facial expressions, to discerning emotions to accurately processing messages, listening involves a high level of observation, empathy and analysis. This course will help aspiring leaders improve listening skills by helping discern hidden messages, kick distracted tendencies, listen in emotional situations or groups, and increase information flow to enhance productivity.

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February 21, 2018

Moving Up and Learning to Manage

Making the transition from doing work as an individual contributor to managing others can feel overwhelming. New leaders may be supervising former colleagues or getting to know an entirely new school and set of employees. They’ll feel pressure from below and above. This course is designed to help minimize the stress and walk aspiring leaders through the process of management by targeting five specific areas: staff, projects, performance, conflict, and self.

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March 22, 2018

Assertiveness Skills

The ability to speak up for yourself, politely and without aggression is one of the unspoken keys to being successful and gaining influence.  This skill will improve aspiring leaders’ ability to reach goals, solve problems, lead projects, and untangle conflicts.  This session will teach aspiring leaders the right balance of assertiveness and how to avoid being passive, passive-aggressive, or aggressive and therefore better prepared to handle conflict confidently, get their opinions respected, and take criticism constructively.

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Assistant Principals

Below are the 2017-18 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for assistant principals.  Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.

There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions.  Assistant principals are invited to register for Year Two sessions regardless of their completion of Year One sessions.

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August 1, 2017

Assistant Principals' Leadership Summit

The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park 5605 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29212

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Year One

 

October 11, 2017 and October 26, 2017

3 Levels of Finance and Budget Basics: State, District, School

School finance is a complex subject from the state level down to the school level.  During this leadership class, you will explore the three levels of education funding and how each level impacts the next. You will gain knowledge on how the state appropriates dollars for education and what other factors influence the appropriation.  You will learn how money flows from the state to the school district and how the amounts are calculated.  Finally, you will learn how to construct a school budget.  By improving your financial know-how, you’ll empower yourself in many ways. You’ll know how to justify requests and translate performance into financial terms.

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November 28, 2017

Planning and Data Driven Decision Making

Even in making the many “on the spot” decisions required of a school leader, the effective leader knows that significant planning and data precede the best decisions. Attend this interactive session where experienced facilitators will help you polish your planning and decision-making skills.  Additionally, we will apply the collection and use of data to management decisions, and most importantly to guiding the decisions for the academic progress of the students in your care.

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November 29, 2017 - SESSION FULL

Planning and Data Driven Decision Making

Even in making the many “on the spot” decisions required of a school leader, the effective leader knows that significant planning and data precede the best decisions. Attend this interactive session where experienced facilitators will help you polish your planning and decision-making skills.  Additionally, we will apply the collection and use of data to management decisions, and most importantly to guiding the decisions for the academic progress of the students in your care.

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January 24, 2018 - SESSION FULL

So You're a Principal: Now What?

This workshop will present information to aspiring principals to identify behaviors of an effective leader in the role of principal, especially including how to inspire moving forward with creativity and action.  As a result participants will be better prepared to overcome traditional thinking patterns, have more confidence in their ability to creatively engage in their position, and be able to assess the impact of possible new approaches.  Also, content will help reshape thinking on innovation, providing knowledge of the different elements of creativity and how to build ideas in a group to let innovation flow and action result.

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February 13, 2018

So You're a Principal: Now What?

This workshop will present information to aspiring principals to identify behaviors of an effective leader in the role of principal, especially including how to inspire moving forward with creativity and action.  As a result participants will be better prepared to overcome traditional thinking patterns, have more confidence in their ability to creatively engage in their position, and be able to assess the impact of possible new approaches.  Also, content will help reshape thinking on innovation, providing knowledge of the different elements of creativity and how to build ideas in a group to let innovation flow and action result.

 

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March 7, 2018 - session full

Selecting Your Team:  Right Person, Right Place, Right Time

Everyone is aware of the increasing difficulty in recruiting good teachers and other staff.  In addition to recruiting difficulties, ensuring you’ve hired the best candidate is crucial. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 69 percent of organizations have been adversely affected by a bad hire in the past year.  In the survey results, bad hires display at least one of the following issues:  poor performance, failure to get along with others, negative attitude, attendance problems, and complaints from stakeholders. The consequences included any of the following: lost productivity, time required to hire and train another person, drag on morale throughout the department or organization, diminished results, and legal issues.

If your strategies to recruit teachers are as modern as the mimeograph, this session will provide information on current teacher recruitment strategies as well as using behavioral interviewing as a technique for ensuring you know how to hire the right person for the job.

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April 24, 2018

Selecting Your Team:  Right Person, Right Place, Right Time

Everyone is aware of the increasing difficulty in recruiting good teachers and other staff.  In addition to recruiting difficulties, ensuring you’ve hired the best candidate is crucial. A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 69 percent of organizations have been adversely affected by a bad hire in the past year.  In the survey results, bad hires display at least one of the following issues:  poor performance, failure to get along with others, negative attitude, attendance problems, and complaints from stakeholders. The consequences included any of the following: lost productivity, time required to hire and train another person, drag on morale throughout the department or organization, diminished results, and legal issues. If your strategies to recruit teachers are as modern as the mimeograph, this session will provide information on current teacher recruitment strategies as well as using behavioral interviewing as a technique for ensuring you know how to hire the right person for the job.

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Year Two

 

November 1, 2017

Fundamentals of Strategic Planning

Starting up a new school, partaking in a major project, or just beginning a new school year can bring many stress-inducing questions. Are you ready for unexpected challenges? Do you have enough time and resources to achieve goals? Do you have a long-term vision? Developing a strategy for the future takes some creative thinking and a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your school.   According to a recent SREB report, strategic planning efforts are one important key for improving struggling high schools.  That is, development of a coherent vision and goals – and holding themselves accountable for results. However, most don't link strategy and budgeting. What’s more, many of those with a strategic plan don't execute it! 

This session will help aspiring principals learn to develop a strategic plan that is right for their particular needs, and will give them the tools to stick to and implement the plan effectively.  The goal is to help APs be better prepared to handle unforeseen problems, gain unexpected results, be better able to analyze and weigh options, and be a visionary for the future.

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February 14, 2018

Art of Effective Communication

Being an AP means taking on a lot of responsibility and interaction with stakeholders.  If there’s a disconnect between an AP and his or her staff or teachers, there’s a huge cost to pay in productivity, teambuilding and communication.  According to a recent study through officevibe.com, three out of four employees think that their boss is the worst and most stressful aspect of their job.  In addition, bad bosses cause organizations to spend an estimated $360 billion each year in healthcare!  This session will include how to be a relatable AP, able to keep all aspects of communication heading the right direction.  As a result of participation, APs will improve their confidence and ability to set direction, meet student and teacher needs, and handle difficult conversations. 

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March 21, 2018

Balancing Priorities

Given the increasing expectations in education, school leaders need to be more productive than ever. Not only must jobs be done in less time and with fewer resources, many school leaders often feel like they work for more than one boss and on more than one team. As a result, they face conflicting tasks, deadlines, and expectations, making it difficult to identify what’s most important. Also, huge changes brought about by technology have, in addition to the many benefits, increased the speed and complexity of work overall.  This session is designed to help APs to properly prioritize obligations, which will absolutely lead to improved performance and productivity.

The ultimate result will be a better work/life balance, minimized stress related to managing tasks efficiently, and ultimately, improved working relationships.

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Principals

Below are the 2017-18 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for principals.  Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.

There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions.  Principals are invited to register for Year Two sessions regardless of their completion of Year One sessions.

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Year One

 

October 4, 2017

Creating a Culture for Success Through Instructional Leadership

Two of the most misunderstood concepts of school leadership are “culture” and “instructional leadership.” Yet both are crucial to the success of any school and are highly interrelated. Attend this hands-on session to define a positive school culture, and examine and apply research and best practices for building a positive school culture in your setting. Concurrently as culture builds in your school, learn what it means and what it looks like to walk the talk of instructional leadership every day.

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January 31, 2018

Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

The demanding job of the Principal can sometimes lead to feelings of exhaustion, mentally and physically, creating difficulty in maintaining the enthusiasm needed for leadership.  In this session, participants will gain understanding of the five factors of personal resilience, their own personal score on each factor, and ways to build resilience within the framework.  Additionally, in this book study format, participants will have an opportunity for full discussion time on each factor in a small group setting with colleagues.

  

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March 14, 2018

Relational Leadership

Strong leadership is the critical foundation of any school or district. It ensures goals are achieved on time, empowers individual staff and teachers, motivates teams to work together, and generates a vision for future growth. Yet, it can be very difficult to get established as an influential leader. This session is designed to help principals communicate more constructively by adjusting their behavioral style to meet the needs of others.  As a result of participating, you’ll learn how to facilitate meetings more smoothly, engage in constructive one-on-one conversations, and ultimately, build rapport with colleagues.

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Year Two

 

October 25, 2017

Having the Courage to Lead

The pressure to achieve is squarely on in the job of the principal.  Principals are entrusted with great responsibilities in the lives of staff and students.  Every decision made, regardless of whether it creates tremendous improvements, can cause discontent among stakeholders.  Every day can feel like a tightrope walk between results and feelings.  This session will offer straightforward guidance for leading courageously in order to drive academic and personal performance.

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December 6, 2017

Conflict Resolution

Difficult conversations are inevitable. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress, and tension. They can also impair and even destroy relationships. When handled poorly, they are likely to result in serious problems that interfere with productivity and leave everyone involved feeling frustrated and dissatisfied.  Principals can’t avoid these kinds of conversations but can learn how to handle them more effectively.   This session will outline the nature of difficult conversations and the seven stages of handling them in a way that minimizes negative responses and strengthens relationships.

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February 7, 2018

Leading When Overwhelmed and Pressured

Principals encounter many stressors during the day—due dates, meetings, disagreements, difficult situations, and a never-ending flow of assignments. As you try to balance all these situations while working 50 hours or more a week, emotional resolve may start to weaken. When this happens, you begin to lose your patience, find your job to be less meaningful, and may even develop health issues. This session is designed to give participants the tools they need to identify workplace stressors, end self-defeating talk, build communicative structures, and deal more calmly with change.

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District Level Leaders

Below are the 2017-18 Center for Executive Education Leadership offerings for district level leaders.  Please scroll down for session descriptions and registration links.

There is no prerequisite for attending any of these sessions.  District level leaders are invited to register for Year Two sessions regardless of their completion of Year One sessions.

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Year One

 

September 27, 2017

Work of Leaders

The work that leaders do—that really matters—is boiled down to three areas: crafting a vision, building alignment, and championing execution. This session takes each bucket and distills these big ideas into tangible behaviors and best practices needed to truly lead and effectively influence others to achieve big goals.

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November 15, 2017

The Art of Influencing Others

Influence is a tool of successful leaders - being able to affect influence or win others to your way of thinking by commanding respect and allowing you the authority to affect outcomes. Too often we assume only a person with positional/line authority can do this.  However, influencing goes beyond positions of power and encompasses more subtle skills like empathy and active listening. It is rooted in effective communication skills and self-understanding. This session will demonstrate how to have a strong sense of self-awareness and display authenticity and integrity in interactions with others, leading to improved working relationships and opportunities to see your ideas grow. 

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February 21, 2018

Preparing for the Role of Superintendent

The decision to apply for a superintendency should not be spur of the moment. Attend this session where facilitators will help you build a personal portfolio that will reflect the skills you bring to the role of Superintendent. Gain insight into the experiences/training/skill sets expected by school boards, resume polishing, interview skills and more.  A representative of a search firm will give you insights into the process school boards use and how you can best prepare for the call to interview.

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Year Two

 

October 18, 2017

Creating a Culture for Success: Leading transformational change

In this session, we will explore the idea of transformational leadership – the kind of leadership that causes change in systems.  It creates valuable and positive change in followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders. This session will walk participants through four components of transformational leadership to support district administrators in efforts to make a real difference toward a shared vision of positive change.

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January 10, 2018

Leading the Unleadable

All leaders have to deal with difficult people from time to time.  So what do we do?  Pull them off the project, chastise them, move them to be someone else’s problem?  Too often leaders ignore problems for too long because they’re afraid of conflict—or, if they do address something, they do it poorly because of inexperience or not knowing what to do.  Not acting can damage everyone around the difficult person.  This session will support district administrators to understand how to handle the most troublesome situations, develop the radar to spot trouble early and deal with it, and how to prevent problems in the first place.

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February 27, 2018

Moral and Ethical Leadership

Working in an environment with unethical leaders can have negative consequences on organizational trust, team-building, communication and morale. Ethical behavior tends to be a broad term, encompassing accountability, professionalism and respect. This can make pinpointing behaviors to change difficult.  Sometimes individual character changes are in order, but sometimes a district or school needs to systematically change its overall culture.   In this course district office leaders will learn how to pinpoint unethical behavior, create a plan for an effective ethics program, and deal with unethical staff/leaders.

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