Washington County School Districts host Leadership Day

Successful organizations recognize that development of effective leadership is critical to the organization’s success. Recently, the six district school systems and the Career Center in Washington County made an investment in growing their leaders by hosting an all-day professional learning experience focused on leadership skills and school management. The event took place at the Washington County Career Center on Aug. 12.

District and building level administrators from Belpre City, Fort Frye Local, Frontier Local, Marietta City, Warren Local and Wolf Creek Local Schools, as well as the Washington County Career Center, were among approximately 40 participants who took part in a day filled with reading, writing, discussing, and listening to ideas related to effectively running school systems.

Battelle for Kids, Tasha Werry of Building Bridges to Careers, Phil Ackerman of the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center, Chief Deputy Mark Warden from the Washington County Sherriff’s Department, Doug Pfieffer from Life and Purposes Behavioral Health, Inc., and Marietta City School’s Truancy Officer Lynn Doebrich were present to share their leadership expertise on such topics as school safety, student attendance, career education, and/or positive behavior intervention systems. Participants also became presenters on topics such as school culture and leading teams of teacher to improve student learning.

Feedback from the county school administrators was very positive, and such county-wide professional learning collaboration among school and district administrators is something that many of the participants hope to see happening again in the near future.