Leadership class meets with schools
— The 2018 Shore Leadership class late last month held a session on education with Talbot County Public Schools.
The day began with leadership facilitator Joe Thomas presenting to the class on “Leading with Strengths.” Class members completed the Strengthfinders assessment and used their results to work through several leadership scenarios.
After the morning training, Talbot County School Superintendent Kelly Griffith welcomed the class, and talked about leadership in education and the need for building and engaging community to strengthen the educational community.
Helga Einhorn, assistant superintendent of instruction, presented and shared her personal leadership challenges when she was a new principal and the importance of surrounding yourself with good leaders and mentors.
Pamela B. Clay, director of career and technology education, hosted the afternoon session and shared a video on the various CTE programs available at Easton and St. Michaels high schools. Despite not having a standalone center, Talbot has 13 stateapproved CTE programs, which all meet or exceed industry standards. All the programs have a value added component either through industry certification, college credit or articulated credit.
After the video, the class toured various programs at Easton High School. CTE Student Ambassadors led the tours and spoke to the class as part of a panel, facilitated by Clay. The class was impressed with the level of professionalism and confidence from the students, as well as the fact that all of the CTE completers planned to attend college.
The culinary arts students provided a buffet of snacks. Talbot’s culinary arts program is the only one in Maryland that has received an Exemplary Accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. It also is one of just four Exemplary Accredited programs in the United States.
Members of the CTE Local Program Advisory committees then spoke about their relationship with the programs and how they support the teachers and students with curriculum, equipment, mentorships and internships. The class was encouraged to reach out to CTE programs in their counties and get involved on their local Program Advisory Committees.
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Members of the 2018 Shore Leadership Class pose for a photo in the lobby of Easton High School after talking with school officials.