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Leading with Ethics
Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools, NJ; Dr. Marnie McKoy, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, New Brunswick Public Schools, NJ; and Dr. Lazaro Ramirez, Former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Donna ISD, TX
Hosted by Ann McMullan, Education Leadership Consultant
Sponsored by The ProEthica® Program
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In this edLeader Panel, explore how school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts. Developing a standard of care and a framework for ethical decision-making can help districts avoid the serious consequences of poor decisions, such as employee terminations and legal action. During this edLeader Panel, hear the perspectives of a former Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources from Texas, and a School Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources from New Jersey who share their direct experience in how they:
- Identified the need to initiate change within their district
- Explored potential solutions to address these issues
- Implemented a program specifically designed to raise awareness of ethics-related decisions
- Led this change beginning with their own school administrators
- Helped to create a new paradigm around the way ethical decisions are now being made throughout their district
This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to kindergarten through higher education teachers, and school and district leaders.
About the Presenters
Dr. Aubrey Johnson is the Superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and earned his masters’ degree from New Jersey City University. He joined the Paterson Public Schools in 1995 where he served for over 19 years, including roles as a third-grade teacher, computer teacher, technology coordinator, vice-principal, principal, director of assessment, planning & evaluation, and assistant superintendent. This is where his leadership skills developed and he learned how to build community relationships, lead through adversity, and learned the concepts of strategic planning. Dr. Johnson was part of the effort to bring continuous positive change and academic success to Paterson Public Schools, including raising the graduation rate, implementing school choice, and working to ensure that Paterson Public Schools became a leader in urban education. He continued his work as a scholar-practitioner and earned his doctorate degree from Seton Hall University in 2017. Dr. Johnson was appointed Superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in 2015.
Dr. Marnie McKoy serves as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at New Brunswick Public Schools in New Jersey. With experience as a teacher, principal, and central office administrator, Dr. McKoy’s passion for all children to have access to an excellent education is her hallmark. In her role, she leads the district in recruiting, supporting, and retaining high-quality staff. Marnie has a deep passion for developing leaders, which was the focus of her dissertation entitled Developing an Internal Leadership Pipeline in Urban Districts: A Pathway to Capacity Building. This model has been implemented in New Brunswick Public Schools, where she facilitates sessions and coaches leaders. Dr. McKoy inspires and empowers her teams and challenges them to passionately pursue their next level. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and Seton Hall University where she earned an undergraduate degree in English and graduate and doctorate degrees in educational leadership, management, and policy, respectively.
Dr. Lazaro Ramirez formerly served as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for Donna ISD in Texas. For over 25 years, Dr. Lazaro Ramirez has served multiple school districts across southern Texas as a dedicated, progressive, innovative and forward-thinking educator and administrator. He began his career in the military, where he attained the highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major. Upon discharge in 1994, he began working as a teacher in the El Paso and McAllen school districts, quickly rising to the level of assistant principal of the Progreso School District in 1998 and principal of a middle school and high school within that same district from 2002 through 2005. Since then, Dr. Ramirez has served in numerous district leadership positions including Dean of Instruction, Director for Secondary Staffing, and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
About the Host
Ann McMullan is a veteran educator and K-12 education leadership consultant based in Los Angeles, CA. Ann serves education leaders, teachers, non-profits, and firms doing business with schools and school districts to assist with leadership and strategic planning targeted at making learning relevant for all students. Currently, Ann is the host/moderator of a national monthly edWeb.net webinar series, Super-Connected. She also writes for journals and newsletters and is a public speaker at international, national, and state education conferences. She frequently moderates panel presentations on leading the transformation of learning and teaching to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann is the Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Empowered Superintendents Program in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and is a Featured Collaborator with Educational Collaborators. In September 2016, Ann co-authored Life Lessons in Leadership, available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com. For more details about the book visit https://lifelessonsinleadership.com/.
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