Like a Phoenix in the Ashes: Change Agents Rise

Session notes from “Like a Phoenix in the Ashes: Change Agents Rise,” presented by Adam Drummond.

What was the speaker’s main message?

Change Agents Rising: Transformation, power, perseverance, and hope

Ask yourself two questions every day:

  1. How am I?
  2. Will I be the change agent this year?

What were the speaker’s best quotes?

“We have to be able to demonstrate vulnerability as leaders.”

“You have hope in you. Teachers change lives.”

What were the top ideas from the session?

  1. Movement in the classroom
  2. Reflection
  3. Relationships Matter
    1. Compassion
    2. Connections
    3. Vulnerability
  4. We are at a point to transform education
  5. Teachers need to build on relationships

What is one strategy that you will implement immediately?

Model engagement and literacy practices for your staff beginning on the first day.

What is one strategy that will help you with instructional leadership?

Build reflection into staff meetings.

What is one idea that you want to learn more about?

Vulnerability in the classroom.

I can’t wait to tell my teachers about this idea:

The power of reflection—consistent and purposeful—in the classroom.

What are some relevant or surprising stats you learned?

Emotions drive attention. Collaboration is one of the most sought-after skills by employers.

Notes by Tiffany Rehbein, principal, Bain Elementary School in Cheyenne, Wyoming.