After more than 25 years of serving Danforth, Leadership for Learning, and the UW College of Education, I have retired! Also departing the Danforth Program is Spencer Welch, who has been called to return to the day-to-day practice of education after serving in the director’s role for the most recent Danforth cohorts. I am, however, thrilled to report that Spencer will continue teaching the Moral and Political Dimensions of Leadership module this year for Danforth Cohort 25.
It is with the greatest enthusiasm that we welcome Ann O’Doherty into Danforth as the new Director. Ann is a former principal at both the elementary and secondary levels; she comes to us most recently from The University of Texas at Austin where she developed principalship students and directed a $3.3 million US Department of Education grant. Having worked extensively with cohort-based programs, Ann brings an extensive knowledge base that is centered in practice, and a deeply reflective learner stance rooted in equity and collaborative leadership.
I am looking forward to the great things to come in this next chapter of the Danforth Program. And, I look forward to staying connected with you as I enter my next career as an artist! Please join me in welcoming our newest team member!
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I am excited to join our outstanding faculty and support team to continue to build upon Danforth’s foundations and innovative approach to leadership development. During this transition, I have worked closely with both Kathy and Spencer to learn about the traditions and underpinnings of the Danforth program. While their daily presence will be deeply missed, I am grateful for the vision and impact that both Kathy and Spencer have fostered to prepare effective leaders for ever-evolving school contexts.
I sought this position because of the deep alignment between Danforth’s core values and my own beliefs. We will continue to offer a cohort model and instill the core values of Equity and Excellence; Leadership; Organizational Change; Collaboration; Inquiry and Reflective Practice; and Teaching and Learning in our commitment to developing effective leaders.
Brieanne Hull and I will be scheduling several opportunities over the upcoming months to meet with you, our Danforth Alumni. I hope you will be able to join us to share your insights and experiences as a Danforth graduate. Details will be provided as they become available.
I look forward to continuing this critical work together as we seek to create schools where all students learn at the highest levels. And, on that note, it is recruitment time for Danforth 26! Thank you for encouraging aspiring leaders to consider applying to the Danforth Program.
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