CITY SCHOOLS Webb discusses leadership plan

YOUNGSTOWN -- To be the most effective leaders, school personnel must be receptive to change and be able to identify and work to overcome constraints that prevent them from being better at leading.
That is a main theme of the Flippin Leadership Series, a two-part training model that will be offered to school personnel, pupils and parents in the Youngstown City School District.
The series offers techniques designed to improve accountability, relationships, conflict resolution, self-governance and other leadership skills in administrators, teachers and others who work with pupils.
Superintendent Wendy Webb outlined some of the training concepts at Wednesday's board meeting. Board members, as part of professional development, will participate in a four-hour orientation, set for 5 p.m. Feb. 16, to become acclimated to the training methods.
Many urban school districts need to take "quantum leaps" to prepare pupils for today's technological work force, Webb said. The College Station, Texas-based Flippin Group features topics that include optimizing staff performance, building effective teams and developing ways to resolve conflict and de-escalate volatile situations. Such training has long-term benefits of enhancing learning, improving pupils' test scores and preparing them to be successful in the job market, Webb said.
Several school administrators have gone through the first series and will take the second part of the training next August, Webb said. Eventually, middle school and other teachers, as well as parents and pupils in the district, will go through the process, Webb added.

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