Leadership that Matters: A Framework for Leading Schools and Districts - PEBC

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Leadership That Matters: A Framework for Leading Schools and Districts

October 23-24, 2024

$519 Early Bird / $569 General

Lowry Conference Center
1061 Akron Way, Denver, CO 80230
October 23-24, 2024
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Mountain Time
$519 Early Bird* / $569 General
*Early Bird pricing ends September 23, 2024

Groups of 6 or more receive a 10% discount

What is most important in our leadership? Leadership supports purpose, culture, instruction and systems. Join us in the exploration of the PEBC Leadership Framework to grow your understanding and your impact on your school or district. Strengthen your leadership practice as you join a larger community of educational leaders dedicated to impacting our learning communities and ultimately the learning lives of our staff and students.

In this inspiring two day institute, leaders will examine the PEBC Leadership Framework through reflective and collaborative learning experiences in order to strengthen the impact of leadership on your school or district.

We encourage each of you to amplify this experience by attending with a school or district partner. 


Dr. Ashlee Saddler
District Support Chief, University of Virginia, Partnership for Leaders in Education
Dana Sorensen
Dana Sorensen
Senior Director Client and System Services
Brooke O'Drobinak
Brooke O’Drobinak
Director of Leadership & Strategic Impact

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Engage in a collaborative learning space as an individual and a community of school leaders to strengthen our leadership impact.
  • Develop a strong evidence-based approach to leadership through the understanding of the PEBC Leadership Framework.
  • Prioritize the components of the PEBC Leadership Framework as you apply them to your school or district:
    • Purpose: Galvanize stakeholders toward agency, equity and understanding for all. 
    • Culture: Facilitate a healthy, effective, collaborative community of learners. 
    • Instruction: Prioritize practices that foster agency, understanding, and equity for all. 
    • Systems: Design and lead sustainable systems aligned to vision.

Meet the Facilitators

Ashlee Saddler is the District Support Chief for the University of Virginia, Partnership for Leaders in Education. Over the past 16 years, Ashlee has proven to be a successful leader and has served as a principal and assistant principal in the district. Ashlee embodies hard work, dedication, and integrity while creating an infectious energy that drives others to be their best.  Ashlee holds herself and others to high expectations, a value held throughout her career.

Ashlee earned Master’s Degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her doctoral studies at Baylor University. Ashlee’s passion for supporting and developing others has extended to her doctoral research, which centers around professional learning for principals.  

In support of the larger educational community, Ashlee serves as a leadership coach through the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). Through Ashlee’s consulting business, she facilitates leadership development to leaders in business, educational, private, and non-profit sectors. Ashlee also consults through the University of Virginia’s Partnership for Leaders in Education (UVA-PLE) program. In the UVA-PLE program, Ashlee supports leaders in turnaround schools to strengthen, develop, and refine their instructional and operational leadership skills. Ashlee enjoys public speaking, presenting to educators, growing and developing as a leader, and mentoring upcoming leaders. 

Dana Sorensen

Dana Sorensen grounds herself in the idea that leadership is about what a leader does and the capacity a leader builds. Leaders who multiply the talent around them impact the quality of results. She has spent many years looking at the structures and practices of systems thinking for leaders. She is especially interested in the process of analyzing a system for the beliefs and actions that drive that particular system. She has worked alongside Peter Senge and others from the Waters Foundation to learn ways to unearth the unconscious biases and values influence systems. Her coaching style leverages knowledge with the uniqueness of each human to make meaning and apply this knowledge to a variety of settings.

Sorensen joined PEBC in 2010 and consults both locally and nationally, co-facilitates the Thinking Strategies Institute, Cognitive Coaching, and supports data collection and evaluation of services. Sorensen has had the privilege of serving in many roles during her 34 years in education resulting in her steadfast belief in students, teachers, and administrators. Sorensen began her career in Houston Texas and have served in many roles including Reading Recovery and as a literacy specialist. Beginning in 2004, she served as Director of Professional Development in a Denver area school district, and now serves as the Senior Director of Client and System Services.

She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Type D Administrative certifications from Regis University.

Brooke O'Drobinak

Brooke O’Drobinak, M.A., believes that people and relationships are at the heart of school communities. Her work focuses on issues pertinent to successful K-12 education, including leadership, school culture, professional learning, and overall wellbeing. She believes that cultivating conditions under which adults in school communities can meaningfully focus on students--both as scholars and people--is essential to the task of school leadership. She has served as a district and school administrator, classroom teacher, district staff developer, PEBC coach, university educator (DU and Regis University), senior state department consultant and school design consultant.

She is the co-author of the book Teaching, Learning, and Trauma (6-12): Responsive Practices for Holding Steady in Turbulent Times (Corwin, 2021).  This body of work defines an integrated and comprehensive approach to student learning by weaving together effective practices in mental health along with those in the teaching and learning. 

She earned her BA in Economics and English and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, Post-Secondary Degree in Spanish Language and Culture from the Universidad de Sevilla and her MA in Curriculum Leadership from the University of Denver.

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