Leadership is taking responsibility
for what matters to you.
The following reflections
are from participants of the Equity in Mathematics Education Leadership
Institute (EMELI). NCEE was established by a group of educators from
my leadership and my colleagues' leadership were identified throughout
the four days. ... I realize how important it is to support other people's
leadership by listening and allowing them opportunities to talk about
their struggles and achievements as well as create that support for myself.
... I'm feeling more empowered to handle some of the dysfunction at my
"I have really valued the opportunity to share my difficulties in my
leadership role with this group of highly committed and comprehending
professionals. Exposing my insecurities and being open to the group's
empathic personal stories helped me to heal and move on in my work. The
value of professionals being authentic in their needs for support is tremendous
because it is often those who are perceived as strong and capable who
must go without emotional support - despite their need. ... The distinctive
value to this experience is having emotional support from professionals
who share the commitment and trials of work in educational leadership."
"I had attended
two previous workshops trying to bring people together and deal with racism
... but in both cases it ended up dividing us and making us leave angrier.
Not here. I am amazed at how close together this experience has
brought such a diverse, yet very similar, group. So many valuable lessons
were learned and so many painful issues surface, yet helped us all start
to heal. I am leaving so hopeful that in our increasingly diverse society
it is possible to build real, not just token, alliances that are so necessary
to help tackle the immense inequities facing our children. Thank you so
much for helping me feel empowered!"
"I have learned a great deal about racial bias. The personal stories
brought me to a whole new awareness level. I know I need to be more aware
of our students. ... I wasn't aware how much hurt people were having to
carry inside of them. ... I feel you are giving us wonderful tools to
start us on our journey."
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