USF Sarasota-Manatee to host educator leadership summit in North Port

USFSMNP-smSARASOTA, Fla. (May 13, 2015) – Dr. Colleen Lord, chair of the advanced educator program at the USF Sarasota-Manatee North Port Instructional Site, learned a valuable life lesson years ago when she tried to introduce technology to her elementary school.

A new principal, Lord overcame naysayers “by stepping back and working with small groups” and using the technology – in this case, a document projector – during teacher presentations to show its potential. The experience sharpened her leadership skills and taught her how to win over skeptics.

Fast forward 12 years and Lord has teamed with Dr. Lora Kosten, faculty coordinator at the instructional site, to present a two-day leadership summit next month to educators from elementary to high school.

The workshop, entitled the Summer Teacher Leadership Institute, is for department heads, peer leaders and anyone in a school leadership position.

“We want participants to walk away with some personal and professional goals in mind and with a different perspective on leadership,” Kosten said. “And we would like them to … learn about their own leadership style and different leadership styles.”

Participants will be assessed on their leadership abilities. The workshop will focus on four key areas:

  • Leadership Style: Explore the traits and skills needed for effective leadership.
  • Team Building: Create a learning culture based on collaborative relationships.
  • Transformational Change: Develop the skills necessary to become a catalyst for change within a school environment.
  • Life Balance: Cultivate strategies to focus on what’s really important; “work smarter.”

About 25 educators are expected to sign up for the seminar, which is co-sponsored by USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT).

In addition, look for a special appearance by Brandon Johnson, principal at LaMarque Elementary School in North Port.

The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 11 and 12, at the USF Sarasota-Manatee North Port Instructional Site, 5920 Pan American Blvd. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The cost of registration and materials is $50. For more information, call Dr. Kosten at 941-426-7783.