Jen Schwanke, Ed.D.
Dr. Jen Schwanke is a longtime educator, teaching and leading at all levels. She is the author of four ASCD books, including the just-released The Principal’s Guide to Conflict Management. A frequent contributor to multiple educational publishers, Schwanke consults with districts and school leaders in the areas of school climate, personnel, and instructional leadership. An instructor in educational administration at Miami University of Ohio, Dr. Schwanke currently serves as a Deputy Superintendent in Ohio. You can find her at jenschwanke.com, on X at @jenschwanke, and on Instagram @DrJenSchwanke.
Thank you for your interest in professional development for your staff. I provide various options and formats, including keynotes, presentations, seminars, and workshops. With a positive, humorous, thoughtful presentation manner, I will bring energy and excitement to your organization while addressing the difficult questions educators grapple with every day.
- Shared Leadership
- Supporting Teachers
- Rethinking Data Usage
- School Climate and Culture
- School/Community Engagement
- Staff Evaluations
- Instructional Leadership
- Collective Efficacy
- School Culture
- Teacher Morale
- Having Difficult Conversations
- Managing Conflict
- Rebranding your School
- Revamping Instructional Leadership
- Reenvisioning Teacher Potential
- Strategies for Work/Life Integration
- Building Parental Relationships
- Trust in Schools
- The Art of Leading Leaders
- Leveraging Instructional Coaches
- Avoiding Burnout
Workshops are learning opportunities with groups of various sizes. Together we will capture a full day of learning, inspiration, and applicable strategies teachers, coaches, or administrators can use to plan for a great school year. Using concepts from any of my four books, attendees will be active, engaged learners and will come away with ideas they can implement immediately in their professional practice. Specific topics discussed will follow the interests and needs of the group. Format will combine consultant presentation, active problem-solving, workshop-style team work, and seminar-style reflection.
These multi-day events will help your leadership team address topics that are challenging to your school and district. Typically held over the summer, attendees will identify a “problem of practice” and explore solutions to bring change and energy to the work.
In a large group setting, keynotes will provide attendees with an uplifting and inspiring message of hope while also gaining important tips and tricks for the upcoming school year. We will discuss some of the challenges facing educators today and will consider how we can come together to increase their impact and joy. Topics will be tailored to the organization’s wishes, but typical coverage includes school climate, teacher morale, the concept of “support,” strategies for work-life integration, and ways we can take care of ourselves—and one another—as we do this important work.
These shorter sessions will provide intense learning on one topic, leveraging short bursts of audience participation to capitalize on collective knowledge and efficacy. Topics range and can be modified to meet the needs of the conference or session.
Coaching and Planning
These sessions, typically with a small group of district or school leaders, will help channel a district/school’s needs into a comprehensive and year long learning program. Participants will leave with a specific tools and timelines for enhancing the work they do each and every day.