School Leader Strategies: How to Leverage and Find Resources in Your Community
Every school needs a development plan that supports the pursuit of its mission and allows space to grow. In this session, Jamie Van Leeuwen, Kari Croft, and Sean McClung walk through the process of creating a school development plan that advances your current work, strengthens community connections, and builds capacity for future development. Together, they discuss how to build a development team, increase your own awareness of available resources, and gather supporters around your school who really want to help. Most of all, they inspire you to think creatively about how you and your team can leverage various sources of support. Listen in to the discussion, then share your most innovative practices.
Jamie Van Leeuwen
Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as director of youth and community engagement with the Emerson Collective. Prior to this, Jamie served mayor and governor John Hickenlooper for 14 years as a public sector leader in Colorado. Through his work in local and state politics, he has engaged across sectors to generate over $300 million in new resources for the public good. He is also the CEO and founder of the Global Livingston Institute, a non-governmental organization in East Africa; a senior research fellow with the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs; and a Fulbright Scholar and Woodrow Wilson International Fellow.
Kari Croft is principal of Da Vinci RISE High incubated at Da Vinci Schools under the name of Flex. In September 2016, RISE was chosen from over 700 applications across the country as one of 10 winners of the XQ Super School Challenge to reimagine high school. Prior to serving as principal, Kari was the first ever DV Fellow. As part of her work, she designed a fellowship program, drafted a book outlining the history and best practices of Da Vinci, and crafted a charter petition designed to meet the needs of homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles. Kari grew up in South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English Language & Literature. She taught English for three years and spent one year recruiting, training and coaching new teachers before heading to Boston for grad school. In 2015, she graduated from Harvard with her Masters in School Leadership. For fun, Kari loves to read, run, and spend time abroad. She’s looking forward to spending time with the DV family and to learning from all of its amazing staff and students.
Sean McClung is the senior school success officer at XQ. Prior to XQ, he served as senior director of schools at Summit Public Schools. Sean led Impact Academy of Arts & Technology for four years where he focused on equity and developed rich student-centered learning experiences. Sean also served as the principal at MetWest High School in Oakland Unified. He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Boston University.