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What are the Communities of Practice offerings for the 22-23 school year? Read below to meet one facilitator team. For more updates, visit our CoP page.

Amanda Aiken (A. Leigh Solutions) and Vanessa Douyon (Gradient Partners)

Meet your 22-23 CoP Facilitators

Vanessa and Amanda are seasoned educators, leaders, and advisors who are deeply passionate about sponsoring and growing new leaders, especially women and people of color. Amanda brings experience as a former principal and school network executive, most recently as Senior Chief of Schools for New Orleans Public Schools. Vanessa has spent the last decade leading and advising charters and districts, as an executive over people operations and strategy at two CMOs and most recently as a Partner at Promise54.

CoP Overview

Whether you will need to find and train a new leader in a key role in the next year – or you are a new leader in the seat right now – how can you avoid dropping the baton in the handoff? This CoP, led by two seasoned school leaders and trusted advisors, will create space for participants to take a more equitable approach to identifying new leaders or successors, open lines of communication in transition, set leaders up for success with a strong entry plan, create communities of care to affirm wellness as you learn a new role, and most importantly – avoid the glass cliff, where women and leaders of color are placed in roles, but set up to fail.

Pass the Baton will be meeting at the following dates and times for 22-23 School Year (all ET). Unless noted all meetings are held virtually on Zoom.

  • October 12 2pm
  • November 11 1pm
  • December 9 1pm
  • January 25 and 26 (in person at Kauffman Center in Kansas City, MO)
  • February 10 1pm
  • March 10 1pm
  • April 21 1pm
  • May 12 1pm
  • June (TBD – final presentation of deliverable)
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