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Leading Change Together: A Deep Dive into Developmental Leadership & Capacity Building

2021 Session

July 27, 2021 - July 27, 2021

Location/Format: TBD

Registration Fee: $3,795

Group/Team Discount (2 or more): Contact cps@tc.columbia.edu

In this four-session, interactive institute, educators and leaders at all levels will be invited to explore a new, developmental model for capacity building in individuals, teams, schools, districts, and systems. Drawing from and extending the facilitators’ new book, Leading Change Together (ASCD, 2018), the institute introduces adult developmental theory and promising practices for building capacity systemwide. Participants will explore five interconnected drivers of growth and change—theory, culture, the pillar practices of collaboration, feedback, and sustainability—and practical strategies for each that can be implemented in any school or district. Participants will have multiple opportunities to apply learnings, develop action plans, and enhance their practice of supporting adult growth.

Specifically, during these sessions, you will:

  • Learn about adult developmental theory and its practical implications for leadership, collaboration, and capacity building;
  • Explore key elements of a developmental model for leading change—including theory, building growth enhancing cultures, implementing the pillar practices (i.e., teaming, inviting adults into leadership roles—lifting leadership, collegial inquiry, mentoring/developmental coaching), a developmental approach to giving and receiving feedback, and sustainability; and
  • Engage in reflection, application exercises, transfer to practice, case discussion, and action planning to apply key ideas to current and future practice.

Supporting authentic learning in adults leads to increased student achievement. This interactive institute offers you a developmental approach to supporting adult learning, building internal capacity, enhancing professional communities, improving supervision and feedback, and lifting instructional, administrative, and teacher leadership. This approach to change and growth can help us to better manage the complex, adaptive challenges of teaching, leading, and learning in today’s fast-paced, educational world.


Ellie Drago-Severson

Ellie Drago-Severson is a professor in the Education Leadership and Adult Learning and Leadership programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is also the director of the PhD program in Education Leadership, and the faculty director and co-facilitator of the Leadership Institute for School Change. A developmental psychologist and internationally certified developmental coach, she teaches, researches, and consults with schools, districts, educational leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers on leadership development domestically and internationally. Ellie is the author of Helping Teachers Learn (Corwin/Sage, 2004), Leading Adult Learning (Corwin/Sage, 2009), Becoming Adult Learners (Teachers College Press, 2004), and Helping Educators Grow (Harvard Education Press, 2012) and coauthor of Learning for Leadership (Corwin/Sage, 2013), Learning Designs (Corwin/Sage, 2015), Tell Me So I Can Hear You (Harvard Education Press, 2016), and Leading Change Together (ASCD, 2018). She grew up in the Bronx, NY and lives in New York City.

Jessica Blum-DeStefano

Jessica Blum-DeStefano is a faculty member in the Leadership Department at Bank Street College of Education. She is a co-facilitator of the Leadership Institute for School Change and a coauthor of Leading Change Together (ASCD, 2018), Tell Me So I Can Hear You (Harvard Education Press, 2016), and Learning for Leadership (Corwin/Sage, 2013).

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