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Leader Chat

We’re passionate about quality education and work tirelessly to help schools improve. District and system leaders bear awesome responsibility for these efforts, often without access to peers and experts who can provide solutions and insights. That’s why we offer a weekly Leader Chat with top K–12 experts, business executives, and school leaders from around the country to discuss and solve real leadership challenges.

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Dr. Alfred Tatum brings to light that perhaps our bar is set too low, specifically for Black boys. Alfred is passionate and very experienced in regards to literacy development, and his mission to teach and raise intellectuals is inspiring. His book, Teaching Black Boys in the Elementary Grades, is dense and packed with helpful instructional strategies.

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Leader Chat with Dr. Jeff Rose engages experts and practitioners to discuss the challenges of school leadership—from strategy to staff well-being to decision making in chaotic times—with straight talk and pragmatic approaches. To support members of Cognia’s Leadership Circle, we address the pressing issues of the day, chatting with leaders dealing with tough problems—from school board politics to school improvement and student safety. School leadership is isolating. Our Leader Chat breaks that isolation as we share solutions to help leaders in education day to day. If you’re a member of the Cognia Leadership Circle, you can join us live every Wednesday, ask questions, and contribute to the discussions.

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Recent episodes

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Leader Chat: Learner-Centered Leadership with Devin Vodicka
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Leader Chat: A New Kind of Diversity with Tim Elmore
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