Immunity to Change: Shifting Mindsets & Beliefs

Saturday, April 4th, 9:45am - 11:00am - Session I

A healthy school culture requires an unwavering belief in the ability of all of their students to achieve success which often requires a cultural shift to occur. But often, despite our best efforts, we don’t get very far. What’s standing in our way? In this session participants will explore the work of two Harvard researchers, Robert Kegan, PhD, and Lisa Laskow Lahey, EdD, to analyze how focusing on personal change can affect the overall cultural change of a school. Leaders who engage in a process of self-inquiry – and articulate the assumptions behind what they do and why they do it – are better able to break through old patterns and make the shifts that really matter. Participants will engage in the following topics: understanding the systemic nature of personal change; identifying hidden forces that stall personal change; and understanding how personal mindset impacts behavior.

Michelle Kirkwood-Hughes
Michelle currently serves as school leader of Lincoln-West School of Science and Health, where she partners with the MetroHealth System, a leading healthcare institution, to design student experiences that address critical workforce development pipelines and future skills in or related to the healthcare industry. Michelle leverages her thirteen years of experience in public education to work with teacher teams to strengthen instructional design and delivery that enables professional growth and student achievement outcomes. Michelle is passionate about ensuring the success of all students and her leadership is grounded in the values of empowering and supporting students through key transitions into and beyond high school and personalizing student learning to meet student needs. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University and Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Cleveland State University.