K-12 Dive Live

Lessons In Leadership: Cultivating Community Amid Division


Kara Arundel

Senior Reporter
K-12 Dive

Quentin Lee

Talladega City School (AL)

Michael Lubelfeld

North Shore School District 112 (IL)

Anna Merod

K-12 Dive

Roger Riddell

Senior Editor
K-12 Dive

Henry Turner

Newton North High School (MA)

Verletta White

Roanoke City Public School (VA)


Depending on the community, superintendents and principals have in recent years found themselves in a position of either greater respect or greater derision as they work to contend with growing politicization around curricular content and materials, pandemic health measures and more. With plenty of misinformation and misunderstandings circulating in many of these cases, how can education leaders ensure they’re meeting their communities where they are to get the full, accurate message out?

Join us for a virtual event diving into school community engagement best practices. Our team of journalists will host conversations with prominent school leaders to share insight on what’s working in their school districts, the challenges they find most troubling, where they see the most opportunity to improve, and what their takeaways are for peers in similar situations.

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Session Information

More Than Messaging: Using Authenticity and Intent to Bridge Divides

Rolling up your sleeves, getting out into the community and building relationships is critical for success in the superintendency — but who says you can’t have fun in the process? Talladega County Superintendent Quentin Lee gained national attention during his previous role as a high school principal when a fun parody music video meant to inspire COVID-19 safety in his school went viral, and he’s joining us to share how authenticity and leading from the heart can empower school leaders’ messaging and forge stronger relationships with stakeholders.

Moderated By: Roger Riddel, Senior Editor, K-12 Dive
Featuring: Quentin Lee, Superintendent, Talladega City Schools (AL)

How to Build Foundational Trust Within Your School Community

How can educators build trust amid growing local discourse? Learn from three education leaders about how they built foundations of trust and transparency as they confronted challenges and crises.

Moderated By: Kara Arundel, Senior Reporter, K-12 Dive & Anna Merod, Reporter, K-12 Dive
Panelists: Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent, North Shore School District (IL)
                  Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School (MA)
                  Verletta White. Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools (VA)