The Intelligent, Responsive Leader

School and district leaders often feel caught in the middle between system-prescribed expectations and the experience-based judgments of practitioners. True learning organizations can harmonize these seemingly opposing forces through intelligent, responsive leadership.  We will unpack what intelligent, responsive leadership practice entails by a) Explaining the power of “purposeful practice” as a methodology for getting better, and b) Showing how to build the requisite capacities to lead effectively via “influence”.

Intelligent, responsive leaders are committed to answering two key questions in the service of developing their organizations as true learning organizations: Am I getting better?  And how do I know? In this session, we will practice how adaptive challenges around the notion of “leadership as influence” are transformed into investigable leadership inquiry questions for the purposes of getting better.

Finally, professional learning  - the kind that has the goal of changing leader understanding in a way that leads to real and sustained changes in practice – often occurs in a collaborative setting. When groups of people get together to “learn” in this way, the experience tends to be characterized by significant discussion. People often leave a meeting and comment to themselves or to others, “That was a great discussion!” The problem with “great discussions” is that analysis, debate, and challenge  - which are necessary for real professional learning – are often absent and there is no sustained impact on thinking and practice. In this session, we will explore how groups of leaders can engage in highly structured “critical friend” interactions by using an intentional interruption strategy known as The Learning Conversations protocol.


Fantasyland Hotel
17700 87 Ave
Edmonton AB  T5T 4V4

Date & Time:

September 25, 2019 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, go here

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 09:00 to 15:30