Practitioner Perspectives: Staying The Course

Seasoned members of NMSI school leadership teams take the stage to share successes and best practices they've discovered in their systems. Each session features a speaker, time for Q&A and space to discuss how those leaders' solutions might apply to other schools and systems. 

Event Description

In high-poverty schools, more than one in five principals leave each year. What can a principal do to stay the course?

In this interactive session, Dr. Kacy Shahid will share her experience in inspiring and coaching teaching professionals. 

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Date and time

January 26, 2021
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM






Dr. Kacy Shahid

Dr. Kacy Shahid transitioned from substitute teacher to principal in six-year period, as she realized that educating, inspiring and coaching young people was her mission and calling. She was resolved not to allow a childhood impeded by homelessness and drug abuse to deter her from pursuing her purpose. She earned her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and received her Educational Doctorate degree from Maryville University. Today, over 20 years into her career, Dr. Shahid has remained resilient and uses that spirit of endurance to guide and foster her relationship with the students she serves, many of whom share similar experiences and stories. During this hour we will elicit the best nuggets from Dr. Shahid that will help education professionals sustain their work while creating space for participants to share the best ideas of their own.  
Dr. Will McDowell, NMSI
Senior Manager, Leadership Development
Dr. McDowell has a unique experience with Dr. Shahid and the school that she leads, Central Visual Performing Arts in St. Louis, MO. Not only did he serve as their Program Manager for two years at NMSI, but also went deeper with Dr. Shahid, her leadership, and their school as one of the two school focused for his doctoral dissertation titled: How a Principal’s Action as an Invitational Leader with a Social Justice Orientation Can Serve as a Factor in Recruiting and Reciprocally Retaining Teachers at High-Poverty, High-Minority, High-Needs Urban High Schools.