Inspiring Educators Spring 2016
"Raising the bar of school leadership in Massachusetts" Fundraiser
June 22, 2016 - Boston, MA
About Inspiring Educators
Inspiring Educators offers training led by over 25 highly experienced facilitators with backgrounds that include professional theater, education, organization development and coaching who are located throughout the USA.
Inspiring Educators works with the same materials as The Ariel Group, which has, since 1993, been integrated into the leadership curriculum of non-profits and companies such as Apple, Google and American Express as well as executive education programs at Harvard, Columbia, Duke and MIT Sloan.
Inspiring Educators’ methodology has a track record of success in nonprofits and Fortune 100 companies over 20 years.
Pushing test scores alone won’t close the achievement gap—but fixing school culture will. Caring about school culture means caring about leadership, because formulaic planning about school culture is necessary but not sufficient. School Leaders also need to inspire around vision and mission to create positive school climate. Learning how to inspire is complex, but it can be learned. How to be inspiring cannot be learned by narrowly focusing on cognitive skills, the way traditional leadership approaches do.
Inspiring Educators programs are fundamentally experiential-- featuring cognitive, kinesthetic, and emotional learning to enable real behavioral change. Inspiring Educators dramatically increases the ability of school leaders to engage staff, teachers, parents, and students in the mission of their schools and foster a thriving, positive school climate.
Inspiring Educators is excited to have the opportunity to have the following special guest speakers at our 2016 Spring Raising the Bar Fundraiser:
Dr. Bisi Oyedele - Lynch Leadership Academy (In association with Boston College)
Now in his third year at Lynch, Dr. Oyedele is responsible for designing and delivering curriculum and providing individualized support to Academy Fellows. This year, along with Melissa Martin, Bisi will be supporting the cohort of Aspiring Principals.
Before joining the Lynch Leadership Academy, Bisi was most recently the Executive Director of Match Charter Public High School. As Executive Director, Bisi co-led a school that was twice granted Gold Level EPIC awards granted by New Leaders for New Schools. Prior to joining Match, Bisi was Principal of Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain. Under Bisi's direction, Nativity designed a new teacher preparation program that led to increased student achievement as reflected on Stanford 10 assessments, and improved high school placement of Nativity's graduates. Bisi began his career as a history and English teacher and also successfully coached the Nativity teachers in his previous role as Social Studies department chair. Bisi also served as a mentor principal in the Nativity Miguel Network, providing support and feedback to three other principals. His experiences in public and Catholic schools have solidified his belief in collaboration across sectors and in the importance of establishing collective responsibility as a pathway to driving student achievement.
Bisi began his education career as an Americorp Corps member in Boston, MA. He received his Doctorate in education administration as well as his masters in curriculum and instruction and secondary history education Boston College. He also received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College.
Inspiring Educators is proud to have worked with Bisi since 2012, both at Match and at Lynch, and consider him an outstanding example of the sort of partners who enable us to make a difference with rising and newer principals in Massachusetts.
Brett Alessi, is Empower’s Co-Founder and Managing Partner. Prior to launching Empower Schools, Brett ran the New Initiative group at Massachusetts 2020. Previously, he led the Greater Boston and New England region for Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit focused on developing leaders for the education sector. His work in the private sector includes designing and leading the corporate social responsibility efforts for Revolution Health, an early-stage venture backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case. Brett began his career as a classroom teacher and taught in public and private schools at the elementary and secondary levels before helping to start a think tank focused on youth civic engagement in Washington DC. Brett graduated from Middlebury College and holds a graduate degree in education from Brown University.
Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. Empower facilitates on empowering schools and teachers to have the flexibility they need to effectively prepare students. They work with policymakers and educational systems to adopt Third Way policies, structures and strategies that allow schools of all types, including both traditional district schools and schools led by proven and promising independent leaders. Empower captures and shares the most promising Third Way practices to inform and shape the national conversation on education reform.
Empower works with many partners, to support principals, teachers, and other education leaders, and with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Their work includes several communities in Massachusetts, including Lawrence, Salem and Springfield, and nationally, including Denver. Inspiring Educators is proud to be a potential partner for Empower; they represent the very best thinking of how to propel schools forward, how to build sustainable models, and ultimately how to ensure excellent schools for all our children.