Leadership Moves for Supporting School Change

Audiences: ES School Leaders , MS School Leaders , HS School Leaders , District Leaders
Levels: Beginner , Intermediate

Session Description

In this session 3 school and district leaders will share key insights and lessons learned from their experience of leading change in their unique contexts.

Presenters will explore the themes of:

- Building a culture for change
- Creating and communicating a narrative for change
- Empowering and supporting leaders to drive change
- Keeping the community buoyant through the process of change

Participants will leave with practical examples, strategies and resources to support their change efforts and will have the opportunity to workshop some of the session themes as a starting point for driving change within their own educational contexts.

District Information

Eastern Carver County is located in a suburb of Minneapolis with just under 10,000 students. The district includes three high schools, three middle schools, and 8 elementaries including a dual immersion program. Brenda Vogds is the Leader of Personalized Learning and Innovation.

Melbourne Girls Grammar is an Anglican School in Australia serving 930 girls from Early Learning to Year 12. The academic program supports students across the full range of academic ability. The school community embraces its diversity and seeks to offer rich and varied opportunities for all types of girls to pursue their passions and interests. Chris McNamara is the Deputy Principal: Program Design and Development.

The rural school district of Conrad, Montana serves approximately 500 students across 4 school campuses. Sheryl Allen is the Superintendent.

Brenda Vogds

Brenda Vogds has 16 years of experiences in educational roles including beginning her career as a Business and Marketing Educator, an Instructor in the College of Education at UW-Whitewater, K- 12 Technology Coordinator and an Elementary Principal. She currently works in the Eastern Carver County School District as the Leader of Personalized Learning and Innovation. Brenda believes in the collaborative approach to this work and maintains we will continue to march forward, because we believe in creating a better future with our students.


Chris McNamara

Chris McNamara currently works as Deputy Principal: Program Design and Development at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Chris has worked across Catholic, Independent and International School settings at both Primary and Secondary levels. In his four years overseas, Chris was a member of the School leadership team charged with the responsibility of opening a new International Boarding School in Pune, India before moving to Vietnam to take on the leadership of the newly opened Thao Dien Campus of the Australian International School in Ho Chi Minh City.
In his 8 years at Melbourne Girls Grammar, Chris has been instrumental in the development of the Years 5-8 Middle Years Program and the design and development of the new Senior Years Program which began in Year 9 2017. This new model for Schooling leverages technology to deliver a blended learning pedagogy that provides greater levels of personalisation for students and delivers greater levels of student control; allowing them to shape their day in accordance with their changing academic, wellbeing and physical goals and priorities.

Chris is passionate about School adapting to meet the needs of students and becoming more aligned with how students experience their world.


Sharyl Allen

Lessons learned from growing up on a farm in rural Montana have guided Sheryl Allen through her life’s work of being a teacher. Two Excerpts of Leadership Laws on the Farm: The Corn Law - plant the seeds, let them grow, and tend to the crop. Patience is needed in any endeavor. The Repair Law - your systems need attention, tweaking and sometimes fixing in order to accomplish what today requires. The only constant is change – be proactive in making the changes today for tomorrow’s success. Entrepreneurship and education go hand-in-hand for Sharyl. Others describe her as a bold visionary. Bold and courageous leaders are needed today. She is neither feeble, faint nor fear-filled. Hope and optimism surround her every thought and act. A B.S., an M.B.A. and an Urban Executive Leadership Certificate from Georgetown have all laid different foundations, invaluable to her personal mission of leaving each person she encounters better because of our time together. Now in her 36th year of serving, she is just starting to get good at the craft of learning and leading.