Christa Boske and Students Organize Leadership Conference
More than 80 school leaders, teachers, staff, families, learners, board members and community members attended the Aspiring School Leaders Regional Education Conference on May 1st at the Cuyahoga County Education Service Center. Centered around the theme of Picture This: Doing What's Best for Children, conference sessions included Improving Family-Community Relations; Authentic School Reform; Neoliberalism 101 for K-12 U.S. Schools; and Meeting the Needs of Learners who Identify English as a Second Language (ESL).
The conference was organized by Christa Boske, Associate Professor of PreK-12 Educational Administration, in collaboration with students in her EDAD 6/76525 The Educational Principalship course. Session topics and content were co-developed by Christa, school community members, and the graduate students in the Principalship course. Among the student oranizers was EDAD docotoral student Bobi Thompson, MEd, who incorporated a student panel into her presentation, Personalized Learning. Thompson noted the value of researching and preparing for the session, networking with other conference participants, and receiving feedback on her session. "It was an opportunity to grow as a person and professionally", she said.
The goal of the conference was to provide school community members with opportunities to engage in critical dialogue regarding ways to serve all learners, especially those who live on the margins. Leaders at the Cuyahoga ESC emphasized how many attendees were impressed with the conference and offered Christa another opportunity to work with them next year when she teaches this course. Attendees noted they were “moved by the children who spoke at the conference”, the “authenticity of the speakers”, the “value within the workshops and practical application”, and “how often they were moved to think in new ways”.