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Jessica Vance: Cultures of Curiosity

Jessica Vance:

Nurturing and Cultivating Cultures of Curiosity: Leading with a Lens of Inquiry
February 29 - March 1, 2024 Atlanta, GA


The inquiry process is a teaching practice that is used as a framework for teaching and learning with the students in our classrooms, but what happens when leaders use this philosophy to design, lead & inspire their teachers?

As leaders, it’s easy to get lost with our portfolios and our “duties as assigned” so consider this session as your launching point to truly determine where it is that your efforts and actions need to be focused, including the “who” and “how” we can get there as a collaborative school community.

During this two day intensive series Jessica Vance, author of Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, will help you explore the seven dispositions of an inquiry leader, identifying how these attributes empower all learners. Participants will be called to further consider the balance of our mindsets and moves as both inquiry and managerial leaders engaging in an inquiry process that compares systems and reflects on the cultures that we are trying to cultivate. We’ll hone in on the “stones” we cast that, in turn, have the ripple effect we intend on those we serve. From skillful questioning and listening to designing campus professional learning, participants will leave with the essentials needed to further step into their roles as inquiry leaders. Leaders will engage in school vision work, goal setting and specific action steps moving forward. Are you ready to lead with a lens of inquiry?

This session is followed up with a check in virtual session to assess the impact our work has on your learners and constructing next steps for change and action.

How can you lead with a Lens of Inquiry?

Each participant receives a copy of Jessica's book.

How can you plant seeds of curiosity?

Co-constructing understanding is rooted in core "inquiry moves".

How do you curate spaces to cultivate inquiry?

Bring your school vision to life in novel ways.

Jessica Vance

With a professional teaching and leadership background in both the private and public international schools (IB PYP Educator & PYP Coordinator), Jessica Vance brings a unique perspective to her role as Enrichment & Environment Coordinator. Her passion for student centered learning, collaboration, and coaching stems from the students themselves, finding inspiration in their natural curiosity as they authentically engage in learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Jessica strongly believes in the power of leading with a lens of inquiry, facilitating innovative professional learning opportunities and coaching sessions that provide the space for educators to collaborate and reflect, while supporting their professional growth as inquiry practitioners.

Her journey and experience as an inquiry educator in IB schools and Place Based Education fuels her passion and global work in coaching both teachers and leaders in their roles, as well as supporting schools in implementing inquiry based learning. Jessica understands the power of curiosity to guide next steps, creating the space we all need as learners as we actively engage in a reflective practice. In her newest publication, Leading with a Lens of Inquiry, she outlines the ways in which we, as leaders, need to support and facilitate our teachers in the same ways in which we want our teachers to engage with their students.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @jess vanceedu and Instagram @jess vanceedu.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, we recommend staying at the Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area, which is down the street from our office. You can stroll over in under 5 minutes!
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