Cultural Awareness
– Skills for professional leadership

Acquiring skills, and understanding school and district cultures, are key to becoming a successful school-level and district-level educational leader. You need to fully understand “self” to exercise  courage in your culture. Exploring the power of vulnerability, recognizing the potential in people and their ideas, and finding courage are necessary to develop your potential. When becoming a leader of change, you need to develop the skills to interact with ALL stakeholders, ask thoughtful questions, build genuine relationships, and gain trust. Only then can you lead your unit, schools and the district with a focused mission, vision, values, and goals.

Postponed – due to lack of registrations
Full-day – 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

For Principals, Assistant Principals, Teacher Leaders, Directors, District-level Administrators, and Superintendents
A powerful workshop for school and district teams

Why this Workshop is Important
       Cultural awareness, implementing the pertinent skills of administration, finding strength and bravery in your decisions, and gaining the trust among fellow district stakeholders are necessary. For a few these skills come naturally, but for many of us we must develop and foster these traits. In both school-level and district-level administration you leave the theoretical situations behind in your administration classes and enter high stakes, vulnerable, real-life administration. Your success now balances on your actions.
As a participant in this workshop we will explore the works of Brene’ Brown, including her book Dare to Lead – brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts. We will discuss traditional, unique, and specialized ways to fully understand the culture of your organization and build quality relationships to embed trust and excellence, and celebrate success.
This workshop will include the opportunity for you to:

  • Understand and diagnose your culture
  • Acknowledge how rapport, trust and climate relate to your culture
  • Consider the importance of trust in your organization
  • Explore methods for you to build and sustain trust in your organization
  • Focus on you as a gatekeeper of excellence and change leadership
  • Develop skills to work with fellow stakeholders to build excellence


Kimberle A. Ward, SDA
Administrative Leadership Coach
Superintendent of Schools (retired)
Kimberle Ward is retired Superintendent of Schools of the Gates Chili Central Schools (2014-2019) and the Naples Central Schools (2009-2014). Her professional career spans more than 30 years in education, including 16 years in school and district administration, and 14 years in coaching and consulting.
Kim’s early administrative experience at building level leadership was in the Corning-Painted Post and Union Springs Central Schools. Before moving to administration Kim taught General Science, Biology and Chemistry for 14 years in the Finger Lakes Region. Kim earned her undergraduate degree in Pre-Med/Biology from Hartwick College, and her Masters and SDA from SUNY Brockport.
Kim is a highly experienced and statewide-recognized presenter. She has given workshops regionally for BOCESs, and statewide for NYSCOSS and NYSBA. She is currently working for the Educational Leadership Institute as presenter and continues her independent coaching and consulting. She is excited to share her hands-on experiences with aspiring, new, and experienced educational leaders.

The cost of this workshop is $245 for the first participant, plus $225 for the second participant, plus $195 for the third and subsequent participants from the same school district.

Each workshop participant will receive workshop-related materials and guides.

Hosted and administered by ELI@NYSAWA
at the New York State Association for Women in Administration
James M. Merrins, Ed.D., Executive Program Administrator
Mary Balme, Executive Director

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