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Leading Through Uncharted Waters | Forefront 2020-21: Catholic School Leadership Series

August 27 @ 10:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

$149 – $995


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$ 995.00
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$ 149.00
General Admission
$ 169.00

Leading Through Uncharted Waters

This institute is part one of eight of the Forefront 2020-21: Catholic School Leadership Series.



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About the entire series:


The 2020-2021 academic year has presented school leaders with unprecedented challenges. Catholic schools must equip themselves to safely and effectively deliver instruction while maintaining safety, building community, and serving the spiritual and temporal needs of families and staff. We can not rely on versions of what we have done in the past. Forefront 2020-2021 is designed to bring together innovative practice, new ideas and build a professional community among leaders who don’t want to wait and see what the rest of the world does but intend to forge ahead and set the pace for the future of education. Catholic schools have the opportunity to be at the forefront of a major evolution in the field of education if we dare to rise to the challenge.


The Series includes eight (8) separate Institutes, which can be attended individually or purchased as the entire Series. Each session will be actionable, practical, and responsive to issues of the moment and future-focused.


Forefront 2020-21 brings together national perspectives, expertise and creates a community of leaders interested in being proactive change makers and setting the pace for excellence in Catholic Education. Themes will include:

  1. Leading Through Uncharted Waters | AUGUST 27
  2. Roadmaps to Running the Hybrid and Remote School | SEPTEMBER 16
  3. Community Cultivation and Engagement | OCTOBER 7
  4. Legal and HR Issues in a Post-COVID Era | NOVEMBER 12
  5. Cultural Competency and Responsiveness | JANUARY 13
  6. Planning and Leading Digital Transformation | FEBRUARY 10
  7. Strategic Planning and Operational Vitality | MARCH 10
  8. Emerging Models for Teacher Assessment and Coaching | APRIL 7



About this specific institute:


Inaugural Institute: Leading Through Uncharted Waters

Turning Challenges into Opportunities



Agenda – Thursday, August 27th

10:00am-10:15amAndrea D. Chavez-Kopp, Chief Learning OfficerWelcome / Prayer / Opening Remarks
10:15am-11:00amSr. Elaine Poitras, Executive DirectorSpiritual Leadership In Times of Uncertainty - Diocesan and school leaders must not forget their role as stewards of the spiritual development of principals, educators and staff. Constant change and uncertainty is weighing on all of us. This session will focus especially on Ministry of Presence as a means to buoy and support Catholic educators as uplifting spiritual leaders during challenging times.
11:15am-12:00pmAubrey Patterson, Leadership StrategistManaging a Remote Workforce of Educators and School Leaders - Moving to remote instruction poses unique challenges in regard to human resources, project management and the need for new policy and procedures. This session provides an overview of practices and considerations for Catholic school leadership to make systemic changes needed for shifting to remote or hybrid learning.
12:45pm-1:30pmLincoln Snyder, Executive Director/Superintendent, Diocese of SacramentoCommunications Planning for Crisis Management - 2020 has taught us that we need to be prepared for anything. Developing communications protocols can equip school leaders to respond to emergency situations in a consistent and professional manner. This workshop will give participants outlines and resources for creating and customizing communications for school leaders.
1:45pm-2:30pm Ken Willers, President, Notre Dame AcademyShepherding Systemic Digital Transformation for Catholic Schools - This workshop outlines important steps and considerations for leaders to move beyond survival mode to a planned shift toward blended and hybrid learning models in a measured and consistent way. Topics will include evaluating purchasing decisions, mobile device management best practices and protocols for training and onboarding staff.
2:45pm-3:30pmTeam LedForefront Huddle - This will be an opportunity for participants to interact with each other in focused, peer-to-peer discussions with the presenters for additional Q & A and to share their own resources, reflections and experiences on the topics covered during the day.
*All times are in EDT





Andrea D. Chavez-Kopp, Chief Learning Officer

In her five years at NCEA, Andrea gained national recognition as a leader, innovator, writer and speaker. She vastly improved and expanded the digital professional development offerings available to members and led the charge in content creation and strategic partnerships. She has served on multiple national committees contributing to the work not only of NCEA but of NCCL, NFCYM, the USCCB and many others. She recently earned the distinction of being an ISTE certified educator and works as a consultant and author for several Catholic publishers.
Sr. Elaine Poitras, Executive Director

Sister Elaine firmly believes in the prophetic mission of Catholic schools and has carried out her ministry as teacher, principal, associate superintendent, director of curriculum and testing, and as a Superintendent for two Diocese. She has been a frequent presenter on varied topics for a variety of groups including NCEA. While in her role as Executive Director of the Innovative Catholic School Network she has worked on several initiatives with DePaul University. She is currently and facilitating retreats for new Catholic school leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago to prepare, encourage, and support them in their roles as the Faith and Spiritual Leaders of their school communities.
Aubrey Patterson, Leadership Strategist

Aubrey traveled a road that includes teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in an extremely high performing Catholic school district in Western Canada. He is currently coaching school and district administrators, creating online leadership courses, and developing leadership programs with districts and colleges.

Aubrey created Nohea, Principals’ Seminar, and Warm Demanders Inc. to coach education and business leaders to declutter information noise, lead dynamic meetings, and build a positive growth mindset culture. Nohea’s leadership frameworks guide leaders to develop information peace of mind, build an exceptional culture, and get quick wins with lasting results.
Lincoln Snyder, Executive Director/Superintendent, Diocese of Sacramento

A native of Sacramento, Lincoln Snyder has served as Executive Director and Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Sacramento since 2015. He previously worked at his alma mater, Christian Brothers High School, as a teacher, trustee, and board chair. His educational background includes a bachelor of science from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, an MA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and completion of the Brothers of the Christian Schools’ Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies. He is grateful for the opportunity to implement Bishop Soto’s vision for unified board governance in his diocese. He and his wife, Aga, are the proud parents of three sons.
Ken Willers, President, Notre Dame Academy

Ken was recently appointed the President of Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, GA, a Marist and IB World School. He most recently served as the Associate Superintendent of Leadership for Innovation and Growth for the Diocese of Oakland, after a 20-year career as one of the most decorated Catholic School Principals in the country.



August 27
10:00 am EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
$149 – $995
Event Category:


United States