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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Lessons in Leadership

November 13, 2000
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

During this session the Fellows will explore the challenge of leadership change from the perspective of leaders representing three different organizations. We will focus on institutional change in a K-12 school district, an intermediate school district and a state government agency. We will examine the impact of different leadership styles and strategies, discuss how leaders develop an agenda and manage the transition process.


Session A Resource Persons:

Dr. E. Sharon Banks
Lansing School District

Dr. Banks officially started in her role as Superintendent of the Lansing School District on July 1, 2000. Dr. Banks holds a B.S. in business education, a M.A. in education, as well as a doctorate in educational administration, all from Ball State University. 
Additional biographical information for Dr. Banks

Mr. Chris Wigent (EPFP 1998-99)
Superintendent Designate
Calhoun Intermediate School District
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Chris Wigent is currently the Associate Superintendent of the Calhoun Intermediate School District (CISD) located in Marshall Michigan. In April of 2001, he will become the Superintendent of the CISD which serves 13 local school districts and three public school academies. The CISD has an annual budget of $50 million, has 275 employees and supports programs that have a positive impact on over 32,000 students in the Calhoun County area.

Chris has served in public education for twenty years. Positions that he has held include: high school teacher, high school assistant principal/athletic director, high school principal, and superintendent. From 1990-1994, he was the Superintendent of Dryden Community Schools in Lapeer County and from 1994-2000, he served as the Superintendent of Olivet Community Schools in Eaton/Calhoun County. He joined the CISD in August of 2000. Areas of expertise include strategic planning and school improvement, personnel management, board-superintendent relations and school finance.

Chris received his BA from Albion College in 1979, his M.A. from Michigan State University in 1985 and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at MSU. He served as an EPFP Fellow in 1998-99 and was selected to participate in the 1999 Leadership and Policy Seminar co-sponsored by the Michigan EPFP, the Michigan Virtual University and the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Carol Wolenberg (EPFP 1988-89)
Deputy Superintendent for Administrative & Support Services
Michigan Department of Education
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Carol Wolenberg is the Deputy Superintendent for Administrative and Support Services with the Michigan Department of Education, a position she has held since April of 1995.  She is responsible for executive direction of the administrative service areas which provide support functions for the Department:  Financial Management & Administrative Services; State Aid and School Finance; Budget, Contracts, & Grants; Human Resources; Information Technology Services; and School Support Services.  In addition, Ms. Wolenberg directs and coordinates new and existing collaborative policy development and initiatives with other state government agencies, external groups, and associations.  She represents the Department on many boards and commissions, including the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early On Michigan, the Children's Trust Fund, and Michigan Business Leaders for Education Excellence.  During her tenure with the Department of Education, Ms. Wolenberg has been the Assistant Superintendent for Interagency Coordination and Special Projects, Assistant to the Superintendent, and Director of the Office of Grants and Special Projects.  She has also worked in the areas of higher education, career education, and vocational education.  Carol has been an instructor at the community college, adult education, and high school levels and has worked in the community. Ms. Wolenberg earned a B.S. in Education and an MBE from Central Michigan University and has done post-graduate work in curriculum and administration at Michigan State University.

Session B: Establishing Learning Teams

Resource Persons: Coordinators and Fellows

During the 2000-01 program year the Michigan Fellows will participate on one or more Learning Teams and gain experience working in a virtual learning community. The Learning Teams will be responsible for planning a series of future EPFP sessions on a set of topics which have been identified by this year's participants. During this session the Fellows will refine the set of proposed topics identified to date, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation.


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