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Visionary Voices: Navigating change with people-centered leadership

About The Visionary Voices Series

Following a disruptive time in the U.S. education system, our school staff and our students need more support than ever. Learning loss. Mental health challenges. Staff shortages. Join Presence, an innovator in special education-related and mental health service delivery, as we interview visionary leaders on how we must collectively address the challenges facing our schools.

This video series will convene veteran education leaders and experts to explore promising new instructional approaches and reimagine a future where every child can thrive. Listen to thought-provoking conversations and discover actionable insights that will empower us to build new, inclusive education systems that put the whole child at the forefront.

Driving positive impacts with empathy

From new policies to shifting budgets, school decision-makers, like former superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, are no strangers to guiding others through change. In this episode, we’ll dive into the people-centered advice, mantras, and mindsets that have helped Dr. Enfield empower students and educators.

“It’s a tremendous responsibility, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity to make sure that every child in public school gets the education that they need and deserve.”

Dr. Susan Enfield
Former superintendent of Highline Public Schools and Washoe County School District

Throughout her 20 years of district leadership, Dr. Enfield has watched the educational landscape evolve — along with new challenges. She shares three points of advice when finding solutions that help both students and educators thrive.

Explore Dr. Enfield’s insights on:

  • The value of honest, empathetic communication during times of transition
  • How technology provides personalized support
  • The importance of self-care and balance

Empowering women in education

“We need as wide an array of leadership approaches to solving these challenges as possible. And that means broadening who we have in leadership.”

Dr. Susan Enfield
Former superintendent of Highline Public Schools and Washoe County School District

While 77% of educators are women, data shows that only 30% are school superintendents. Explore Dr. Enfield’s advocacy for diversified leadership and her “Believe in, Push, Support” philosophy for mentoring women educators. Plus, hear the servant mindset that inspires her for the future.

Dr. Susan Enfield

Introducing Today's Voice

Dr. Susan Enfield

Former superintendent of Highline Public Schools and Washoe County School District

A district leader of 20 years, Dr. Susan Enfield received her doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program. Dr. Enfield was named Superintendent of the Year by the National School Foundation Association in 2018 and again in 2022 by Washington State.

Sources

  1. 53% of district leaders indicated they would be forced to decrease staffing for specialist staff before the 2024-25 school year.
    Source: AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “Districts Brace for Fiscal Cliff in Final Year of COVID Relief Funding.“ 23 August 2023. https://www.aasa.org/news-media/news/2023/08/23/districts-brace-for-fiscal-cliff-in-final-year-of-covid-relief-funding
  2. Two-thirds of district and school leaders surveyed say the loss of that stimulus funding will have a negative impact on learning over the next two years.
    Source: EdWeek Market Brief. “The End of K-12 Stimulus Funding: What Comes Next?” p. 21. December 2023.
    https://pages.edweek.org/rs/283-RUA-555/images/Market_Brief_Stimulus_Special_Report_Dec2023.pdf
  3. 68% of teachers are using edtech because it makes them more efficient.
    Source: Clever. Classroom of the Future Report 2023. 14 August 2023.
    https://www.clever.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/CLEVER_CLASSROOM_OF_THE_FUTURE_REPORT_2023.pdf
  4. 70% of teachers want more edtech support for students with IEPs or 504 plans.
    Source: Clever. Classroom of the Future Report 2023. 14 August 2023.
    https://www.clever.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/CLEVER_CLASSROOM_OF_THE_FUTURE_REPORT_2023.pdf
  5. 77% of public school educators are women, yet only ~30% of superintendents are women.
    Source: Superville, Denisa R. “Women in the K-12 Workforce, by the Numbers.” EdWeek reporting, National Center for Education Statistics & The ILO Group data. 8 March 2023.
    https://www.edweek.org/leadership/women-in-the-k-12-workforce-by-the-numbers/2023/03
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