Believing in students is one of the most powerful change agents in schools. We must show students we believe in them, listen to our students, earn our students’ trust, value what students value, give students a voice, and celebrate what students do right. We must teach through modeling, building relationships, and valuing students, not through directives and mandates. We need unique skills to work with students who are learning about themselves while trying to learn content standards, particularly for students affected by trauma and those with social and emotional needs.
Spend the day with Laurie, listen to her stories of struggle and success while enhancing your leadership skills by becoming a change agent for your school or district.
Dr. Laurie Barron is in her twenty-second year in education, serving as high school English teacher, middle school assistant principal, and nine years as middle school principal. She is currently superintendent of the Evergreen School District in Kalispell, Montana. Barron holds a BSEd in English Education from the University of Georgia, an MEd in Supervision and Administration from the University of West Georgia, and an EdS and EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. She also studied abroad at Oxford University. Barron is a National Board Certified Teacher and Teacher of the Year and STAR Teacher. Barron is the 2013 National Middle Level Principal of the Year. Barron co-authored What Parents Need to Know about Common Core and Other College- and Career-Ready Standards as well as numerous education articles and is in the process of publishing her second book. Barron is a national speaker who provides motivation and professional learning to teachers and administrators through promoting student engagement and voice, shared leadership, data-driven decision making, mastery-based assessment, and inclusive teaching and learning environments. Most importantly, Barron believes that building relationships with students while celebrating what students do right is the key to success in any school.