Leadership Institute for School Change, September 27 - 28, 2018 | Ph.D in Education Leadership Program | Education Leadership | Organization and Leadership

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Ph.D in Education Leadership Program

In the Department of Organization and Leadership

Leadership Institute for School Change: A Developmental Approach to Effective Feedback


September 27 - 28, 2018

The September 2018 Institute is SOLD OUT

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Feedback is more important today than ever before. In fact, offering feedback—so that others can hear us—is one of the most important ways we can support each other’s growth and grow ourselves. Moreover, feedback is part of living, leading, and being in our “new normal” world. As you know, it is also vital to collaboration. There are so many challenges that leaders—and all of us—face every single day in our work and in our personal lives. In the education sector in particular, new teacher and principal evaluation systems, the Common Core State Standards, Race to the Top, and other initiatives underscore the critical importance of giving and receiving meaningful, actionable, and effective feedback—regardless of our roles in schools and systems. And, the same challenge LIVES in for-profit and non-profit organizations and systems.

Yet, when and where do leaders learn how to give feedback, especially to adults who make sense of our words, feedback, and relationships in qualitatively different ways? And how might leaders’ own inclinations, preferences, and orientations influence their experiences with feedback, both the giving and receiving of it? This two-day, interactive Institute addresses these questions and offers participants an immersive experience with our new, developmental approach to feedback, which we call feedback for growth (Drago-Severson & Blum-DeStefano, 2016).

We will engage in two full learning days to:

  • Learn about adult developmental theory (Kegan, 1982, 1994, 2000) and its practical implications for leadership, coaching, professional development, and effective collaboration (Drago-Severson, 2004a, 2004b, 2009, 2012, 2016; Drago-Severson & Blum-DeStefano, 2016; Drago-Severson, Blum-DeStefano, & Asghar, 2013);
  • Explore practical strategies for enacting a developmental approach to feedback (Drago-Severson & Blum-DeStefano, 2015, 2016) so that others can best hear, take in, learn from, and act upon your feedback;
  • Explore a developmentally-based model for leadership and professional learning (Drago-Severson, 2004a, 2004b, 2009, 2012; Drago-Severson, Blum-DeStefano & Asghar, 2013; Drago-Severson, Roy, & von Frank, 2015) that focuses on supporting adult growth, and offers promising practices that can be implemented in your school and system; and
  • Engage in collaborative, developmental action planning to apply key ideas to advance your leadership and practice.


Everyone really! This Institute is designed for leaders and collaborators of all kinds—principals, AP’s, teachers, professional developers, curriculum specialists, coaches, district leaders, policymakers, and anyone interested in enhancing professional feedback across non-profit and for-profit sectors. All are welcome!


Ellie Drago-Severson, Faculty Lead and Co-Facilitator

Professor of Education Leadership and Adult Learning & Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, Faculty Lead and Co-Facilitator of Institute

Jessica Blum-DeStefano, Co-Facilitator

Instructor at Bank Street College of Education and Co-instructor with Ellie Drago-Severson at Teachers College, Columbia University's Summer Principals Academy

For more information, group rates or to register: Email cps@tc.columbia.edu

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