AISNE 2023 Heads of Color: Affinity Connection, Identity Development, and Leadership Coaching
Pictured: Wanda M. Holland Greene
Discussion is important—in our schools and in the world. Discussion in affinity spaces and working together as a cohort helps provide support to one another. This cohort is designed to help each person work to develop and hone their identity and leadership.
AISNE recognizes the unique opportunities and challenges of being a head of color in predominantly white schools and leadership structures. As an organization committed to structural change for equity and inclusion, we want to create a space and offer support for the building of this heads of color peer network.
From this cohort experience, you can expect to:
- Carve out time for individual reflection and goal setting.
- Devote time for collaborative goal setting for the group (in the first session). This will be an opportunity to share what you want and need from this time together, both from the cohort facilitator, Wanda Holland Greene, and from peers.
- Share current successes and/or dilemmas. Your input helps to surface priority topics for the group.
- Engage in topical “mini workshops” as needed/desired. This is an opportunity for brief information presented with group processing and application to our various school communities.
- Create the time, space, and opportunity for resource sharing. Heads can share information, techniques, and ideas.
- Affinity Connection
- Identity Exploration
- Leadership Coaching, Collaboration, and Support
AISNE Cohorts include takeaway content, tools, and resources. Notes and prompts are provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password-accessible web page.
About Our Facilitator
Wanda M. Holland Greene is nationally recognized and respected as an experienced leader in education with a passionate voice and powerful presence that inspire communities to achieve equity and excellence for all children. For the past thirty years, Holland Greene has focused her professional time and attention on a wide and varied range of issues in education: mental health and emotional well-being; anti-racism and cultural competency; neuro-diversity and learning differences; gender inequity and stereotype threat in the classroom; effective performance appraisal systems for teachers; and global citizenship.
Prior to Holland Greene’s tenure at Hamlin, which began in 2008, she served for eleven years as a senior administrator at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She began her career in education in New York City at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she was a teacher and the school’s first Director of Student Life. Currently, she is a Vice-Chair of the Columbia University Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of Regents of Bishop O’Dowd High School, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a former trustee of Head-Royce School, Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, and Hamilton Families. A former faculty member of the Head’s Network Leadership Seminar and the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, Holland Greene continues her mentorship and advocacy for brand new heads of school as an executive coach.
“My succinct definition of leadership rests in my head and heart: leadership is the courageous task of expanding the humanity and capacity of individuals and institutions so that they can repair the world….I believe that leaders should be the authors of change and that our potential as individuals and institutions will be limited if we do not heal the past, awaken our humanity, and vigorously pursue freedom for all people.” – Wanda M. Holland Greene
Learn more about Wanda here.