Principals as Transformation Leaders: Serving Urban, Rural, and Alternative Settings

Thursday, October 26, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

School settings can have important implications for successful leadership. This webinar, the second in a series supported by The Wallace Foundation, will discuss critical strengths and specialized skill sets needed for principals in urban, rural, and special populations. Panelists will also address best practices for retaining high-quality teachers and the principal's role in teacher recruitment in these high-need areas.

This free webinar will include time for Q&A. It will also be recorded and archived for future reference. View the recording of the first webinar in this series here.


Mackenzie Grate is assistant principal at Highland Park Community School in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a middle school educator for the past 11 years in New York City. Graduating from New York University with a master's degree in English Education and TESOL, she is extremely passionate about restoring and creating more engaging literacy opportunities within urban middle school curricula. When not in school she can be found snuggling her two pugs and reading a good book.

Allen Pratt is executive director of the National Rural Education Association. He has served as a high school science teacher and coach, high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum director, executive director of the Tennessee Rural Education Association, executive director of the East Tennessee Center of Regional Excellence for the Tennessee Department of Education, and rural outreach liaison for Lincoln Memorial University. His primary interests issues that impact rural schools and the role of instructional leaders at the district and building levels. He is also involved at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Education and Educational Leadership.

Sammi Swennes is the secondary principal for grades 6–12 at Big Sandy School District in Simla, Colorado. This district houses preschool through 12th grade in one building, with a total of just over 300 students. The school district covers 550 square miles and serves a large farming/ranching demographic. Swennes been in education for 17 years, all of those spent in rural school districts in Eastern Colorado; this is her 8th year as principal in the Big Sandy School District. Spending her career in settings that require personnel to be flexible and wear many hats, Swennes has taught 6th grade, junior high science and math, elementary technology, Title 1, kindergarten and middle school physical education, and 8th grade Algebra 1, which she continues to teach while being principal.


Wendy Fothergill, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Principal Licensure, Colorado State University
Donna Cooner, Professor, Colorado State University


Location: Webinar

2019 Washington Week Recap

We thank each of you who joined us for AACTE’s 2019 Washington Week! Check out the recap videos, blogs and photos below to view AACTE members at work for teacher education during our annual advocacy event.

AACTE Members at Washington Week

AACTE State Chapter Leader John Blackwell @john_jblackwe Discuss the Value of Attending #AACTEWW19 State Leaders Institute

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First-Timer @AACTE #HolmesScholar Tiffany Hamm Shares Key Takeways from #AACTEWW19 Holmes Summer Policy Institute

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