Reconnect with your WHY

This working group for education leaders is a place to reflect, reconnect + recommit to what brought you to schools in the first place.

Fear and stress are high. To build positivity and grow radical trust, leaders need to reconnect with their WHY.

This collaborative working group for leaders–at any level–is a place to reflect, turn challenges and fears into opportunities and hopes–and find ways to live your values. This is more important now than ever.

This nourishing, reflective space facilitated by experienced school leaders is a place for educators to share concerns, but also to move beyond them into hopes, solutions, and next steps. There is an urge to make quick decisions + present a strong front. But, the best leaders need time to reflect, consider, explore, and grow .

We model and practice collaborative + culture building protocols–you can bring these back to continue the conversations with your colleagues.

We help you focus on what matters, filter the noise, and lead with purpose. Together, we work with you to set up the conditions for the other educators you work for to reconnect with THEIR purpose, too!

Who should attend: People who identify as “leaders” at any level–teachers, principals, system-level leaders, teacher-educators. Anyone who wants to reconnect with their values and purpose.

What’s included?

  • Self-guided resources + reflection prompts
  • Case studies + stories of leadership
  • Facilitated online reflection + collaboration sessions
  • +Access to the tools, protocols, agendas to bring this approach back to your own system + school

Presented by TrueSchool and FlipEducation, with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.



DR. MARGUERITE SHEFFER, TrueSchool Director of Impact

Marguerite has ten years of experience as a teacher leader—previously in Oakland, California, and in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College. Her research focused on teacher professional development, specifically the connection between teacher-driven inquiry projects, teachers’ sense of efficacy, and the stories teachers tell about their work. Marguerite is passionate about teacher-led innovation. She has co-led school improvement innovations focused on supporting Emergent Bilingual students, school journalism, and civic engagement for students. She has worked as a facilitator for teacher-driven inquiry work at Mills Teacher Scholars, and as a coach for prospective and beginning teachers at Mills College, the University of California-Berkeley, Oakland Unified School District, and TeachNOLA (TNTP). Marguerite is a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project.


Nov 03 2020


Central time
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm