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One-Day Conference at ODU Offers Guidance to Educational Leaders

By Brendan O'Hallarn

Education leaders from across the Commonwealth will gather at Old Dominion University on June 23 for a one-day session examining successful leadership practices.

The third annual ODU Educational Leadership Working Conference will feature expert panelists from local high schools and universities, providing workshops in the event at Webb University Center.

"The conference provides a unique opportunity for current and aspiring leaders from across the Commonwealth to connect around school leadership best practices," said Karen Sanzo, associate professor of educational foundations and leadership and the conference chair.

"The innovative format allows colleagues to connect around topics such as instructional leadership, special education administration and the role of the assistant principal."

Dean Jane Bray of the Darden College of Education is thrilled the University will once again offer the workshop to education leaders and aspiring leaders at no cost to participants.

"This is a great program, and a strong statement of our commitment to improving the knowledge and practice of Virginia educators, grounded in the latest educational research. We are delighted to once again play host to the conference," Bray said.

Topics being covered at the event include special education administration, the role of the assistant principal, details and nuances of administration and how to use feedback for improvement.

Among the facilitators are Stenette Byrd, director of secondary leadership with Suffolk Public Schools and an adjuct faculty member at Old Dominion; Anne Glenn-Zeljeznjak an assistant principal with Virginia Beach City Public Schools; and Garett Smith, executive director for elementary school leadership with Newport News Public Schools.

For information about the ODU Educational Leadership Working Conference, or to register, see the conference website.