Leaders at system, district, and school levels need to influence the culture and processes that support learning and working together in purposeful ways at every level of the organization if they are to produce greater learning in students. Creating a culture of growth is a start, but leaders need to intentionally orchestrate the work of teachers, leaders, and peers and keep it focused on collaboratively improving student learning. – “Coherence,” Michael Fullan
Urban Collaborative members comprise an impressive and powerful group of leaders and we have much to learn from each other. Effective leaders in this organization purposefully influence culture and processes with the aim of raising the standards and opportunities for all students. Strong leaders also understand that the practice of leadership is active and not solely about one person. Rather, leadership as a practice is owned by many, through all levels of a district. At this meeting we will share ideas in order to learn from each other and connect with colleagues with a variety of professional leadership experiences and who work in districts with a range of leadership strengths and needed growth. We encourage not only those leading special education services, but those who are accountable for the education of all students to attend the meeting, as equitable practices and inclusive educational environments benefit all.