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Retaining Teachers Through Listening and Empowerment

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Retaining Teachers Through Listening and Empowerment

Presented by Dr. Natasha Ward, Instructional Coach, EdConnective; and Kia Johnson, Manager of Coach Development, EdConnective

Sponsored by EdConnective

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Nearing the end of a year when school and district leaders have faced teacher shortages, burnout, and changing classroom environments, retention is now top of mind. Teachers who feel supported are more likely to experience satisfaction and joy in teaching. In this edWebinar geared for school and district leaders, EdConnective expert coaches introduce practical, bite-sized strategies to support teachers through listening and empowerment. Viewers:

  • Discuss the importance of locus of control in empowering teachers
  • Examine effective systems to increase teacher voice and maximize retention
  • Practice reframing and listening strategies to build trust with teachers

After this session, viewers understand some key motivators for teachers (and why they’re leaving at a high rate!), are able to apply an asset-oriented mindset to supporting teachers, and have a better understanding of how teachers can find empowerment from the support of a leader who not only listens, but also understands how to keep a growth mindset focused on the controllable.

This recorded edWebinar brings value to K-12 principals, assistant principals, and other school and district leaders who are in a position to provide teachers with meaningful support.

Natasha WardAbout the Presenters

Dr. Natasha Ward’s doctorate is in school improvement with concentrations in educational leadership and school counseling. She also holds a master’s in teaching. As an educational consultant, behavioral change specialist, and EdConnective instructional coach, Dr. Ward’s career spans across a variety of educational sectors. While her teaching experience and mentorship skills distinguish her, Dr. Ward’s expertise lies in culturally sustaining pedagogy, mindfulness in the classroom, student autonomy, whole child teaching, teacher well-being and SEL implementation. A fun fact is that she has traveled to all seven continents!

Kia JohnsonAfter years as a middle and secondary school teacher in Louisiana, Philadelphia, and New York, Kia Johnson moved into administration as the dean of students at a charter school in New York City, eventually being selected as Founding Executive Director of Great Oaks Charter School in Wilmington, DE, where she served for five years. Kia is now with EdConnective as an instructional coaching leader. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, talent development, and instructional leadership. Kia is passionate about supporting educators who seek to transform student outcomes and believes great leaders and teachers are key to ensuring all students have equitable access to an excellent education. Kia earned her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a master’s in school leadership from Columbia University.

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EdConnectiveEdConnective’s mission is to ensure student success through transformative educator coaching. When every teacher is supported, every student thrives. Through 1:1, Small Group Coaching, and Group Training, we strive to give teachers, instructional coaches, and lead educators the single greatest professional learning experience they’ll ever have. EdConnective personalizes support to educator needs and goals using bit-sized, high-impact data to meet them where they are.



Wednesday, April 27, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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