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Thursday, June 7 • 8:30am - 4:00pm
Rewriting the Rules for Student Success and Community Enrichment

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PDK International will lead a one-day learning session to increase the knowledge and skills of GSBA members around issues of equity, access, and opportunity in support of greater success for all students. School board members will learn about the results of the 2017 PDK poll of Georgians’ attitudes towards public education and use it to plan for increasing student achievement throughout the State.

PDK International applies a systems approach involving six elements of change: values, governance, resources, content, talent, and culture. These provide a framework for adaptive change management that recognizes:
  • learning new ways, shifts in attitudes, beliefs and behaviors are essential; and
  • implementation is only as good as the desire of people to make the changes necessary to improve outcomes for all children.
(GVP 6)*

AGENDA (Subject to Change)

8:30 a.m.  Setting the Stage - Overview
    Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.. CEO, PDK International, and
    Gislaine Ngounou, Chief Program Officer, PDK International

9:00 a.m.  Public Narratives - Participants will learn how to leverage the power of narrative and storytelling as an effective tool for organizing, mobilizing people to action and leadership.

10:00 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m.  What Data?  Whose Data?  So What?  - Participants will dive into the results of the GA Poll results (public’s perception on public education) to deepen understanding and discuss implications for the work of school systems, policymakers, communities – and more importantly, implications for the role of governance/ boards.

11:15 a.m.  Deeper Dive Through Critical Race Theory - Participants will share stories of their respective contexts and engage in reflection – to further understand the WHY of systemic and persistent inequities in their contexts.

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m.  Taking a Systemic Approach - Learn a change management approach based on six design principals aimed at furthering equity through adaptive strategies; participants may dive into a mini case study to illustrate the approach and aid in their own action planning.

2:15 p.m.  Break

2:30 p.m.  Assessing your Capacity:  Where are you on the continuum? - Participants will conclude the learning experience by formulating 1-2 goals, based on the self-work they wish to continue to develop, as well as the governing leadership they exercise in their own community.

3:15 p.m.  Commitments 

4:00 p.m.  Adjourn

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Dr. Gislaine Ngounou

Chief Program Officer, PDK International
Dr. Gislaine Ngounou is an education leader and a social justice activist. Born and raised in Cameroon, she immigrated to the United States to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Through her work with the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, she discovered her true calling... Read More →
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Dr. Joshua Starr

CEO, PDK INternational
Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D., is a lifelong educator with 22 years of service in public schools. He became chief executive officer of PDK on June 29, 2015.Dr. Starr began his career teaching special education in Brooklyn, N.Y. After attending graduate school, he served in various administrative... Read More →

Thursday June 7, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm EDT
Scarbrough 4-5 (Lobby Level)