Leaders Jumpstart YES Prep’s 20th Anniversary

Over 270 leaders kicked off YES Prep’s 20th anniversary at the Leadership Summit. The Leadership Summit began in 2014 to provide professional development opportunities for campus leaders and to foster collaboration.

This year, participants selected from nearly 40 sessions to develop their tactical skills, leadership and team management abilities, and knowledge of education topics. Check out just a few of the fantastic session descriptions below and see photos from the summit.

  • Adolescent Development: Participants will identify characteristics and areas related to three essential components of adolescent development, understand typical versus atypical adolescent behaviors, and discuss and commit to proactive approaches that support healthy adolescent development.
  • Effective Decision-making Frameworks: Leaders will unpack the definitions within the IRDAP decision-making framework, understand how to gather input from a variety of stakeholders, and structure decision-making within a team.
  • Helping Students Find Best Fit Colleges: Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s chief higher-education expert will lead this group discussion based on the company’s latest College Hopes & Worries Survey data of 10,500 high school students and their parents. Rob will speak directly to the most current issues both college-bound students and their families are facing around admission, standardized testing, financial aid and value of their college investment.
  • Instructional Technology at YES Prep: Leaders will engage in a discussion about the future of instructional technology at YES and understand how to leverage Microsoft O365 tools to create an engaging learning environment.
  • Women in Leadership Panel: Being empowered in one’s identity is an important aspect of authentic leadership. One way to build that individual power is to connect with others in an affinity space. Through a facilitated discussion with the panel, participants will hear real examples of successes and struggles had by women leaders and reflect upon their own success and struggles as both a woman leader and a supporter of women leaders.
  • Relationship Building in the Classroom: Positive relationships between teacher and student promote learning and decrease discipline in the classroom. This session will demonstrate ways that support staff can coach teachers to build more impactful relationships with students in the classroom.
  • Leading with a Lens of Equity: In this session, we will unpack our core value of Eliminating Educational Inequity to Advance Social Justice. What does it mean to be a leader that engages in this work? How are we building our skillset of identifying and responding to inequities that exist within our teams, campuses, or community?
  • The Hurwitz Empowerment Program: Leaders will learn about the development of the YES Prep and KIPP alternative setting. Leaders will leave with application ideas on prevention programming and clarity on requirements for students entering the program as well as have the opportunity to give feedback.
  • Trauma Informed Classrooms: Leaders will understand the frequency in which the population we teach experience trauma, the impact of trauma on our students and strategies to support students who have experienced trauma.
  • A Historic View of YES Prep Student Persistence: Leaders will review YES Prep historic student persistence data, discuss the relationship between data and assumptions about student persistence, and generate next steps related to additional analysis and/or action.

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