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Human Skills Are Not Just “One More Thing”: Reviving Your School Culture

Thursday, July 7, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Human Skills Are Not Just “One More Thing”: Reviving Your School Culture

Presented by Chris Mackey, Co-Founder, Skillsline; Kathy Pease, Implementation and Partnerships, Skillsline; and Courtney Reilly, Co-Founder, Skillsline

Sponsored by Skillsline

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Culture and climate are at the heart of well-being and success for staff and students in our educational system. But as we reflect on this past year of pandemic “re-emergence,” it’s clear that “well-being” is in crisis in most American schools. Addressing that crisis starts with supporting the educators.

In this edWebinar, we’ll talk about the importance of going back to the basics to revive a climate of well-being: revisiting the human skills that enable personal and relational success. We’ll also review how devoting time to cultivating them in oneself and with others is the foundation of rebuilding a healthy culture. Attendees will:

  • Develop an understanding of the human skills and how centering them across an organization contributes to culture change and revival
  • Explore how authentic, intentional learning and discussion around human skills support personal and professional well-being
  • Consider the ways in which a shared language and focus can translate to building awareness and purpose around those human skills for learners
  • Delve into how Skillsline can support achieving your vision for your school or district’s culture

You’ll also hear directly from educators—including Principal of Batesville High School (IN), Andy Allen, Executive Director of Thrival Indy Academy (IN), India Johnson, and CEO of JobPath, Dr. Ana Greif—about how they are using human skills development to shift their cultures while supporting learners. We CAN meet this moment and redevelop cultures that lead to thriving educators and learners. Join us in making that happen!

This edWebinar will be of interest to teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders of all levels, including adult education. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Chris MackeyAbout the Presenters

Chris Mackey is a co-founder at Skillsline and brings his passion for helping learners and organizations take real-world action, develop themselves, perform at peak, and achieve their visions of the future. From the beginning of his career, Chris has focused on partnering with schools and companies to develop world-class products. Prior to founding SkillsLine, Chris served as Vice President and General Manager of the Myers-Briggs Innovation Labs, leading the development and marketing of award-winning software products recognized for their key role in driving student success and retention, engaging educators and learners, and ease of implementation for organizations. Chris holds an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and graduated from Indiana University as a Wells Scholar.


Kathy PeaseKathy Pease leads program implementation for Skillsline. Kathy has dedicated her career in education to supporting students in building all of the skills they need to be successful in whatever they decide to do. She believes that the most effective strategy is to support high-quality teachers to extend teaching beyond academic studies to social-emotional and skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Kathy worked for many years as an educator in a large suburban Chicago public school district as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of elementary, and concluding her career as Chief Academic Officer.


Courtney ReillyCourtney Reilly is a co-founder of the human skills company, Skillsline. Courtney has focused her career on using innovation to enable opportunity and prosperity for young people regardless of their background. Prior to founding Skillsline, Courtney led market-development efforts for Chicago-based nonprofit LEAP Innovations, expanding the reach of its research-backed, personalized learning tools to schools across the country. Simultaneously, she led K-12 programming for the ASU+GSV Summit, founding the Summit’s Leading Educator Scholarship Program in 2015, and enabling the attendance of thousands of innovative school and district leaders. Courtney has also spent time in Rwanda developing industry ecosystems and has supported the growth of innovative education companies in the U.S. and around the world. Courtney holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in financial management and a BA in anthropology.


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Thursday, July 7, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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