Art of Leadership Conference

Join us for the Art of Leadership Conference on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Loyola University Maryland’s Timonium Graduate Center.

During this one-day conference, learn how proven leaders respond to challenges, are culturally responsive, maintain a safe environment, and create the conditions for students to thrive in diverse school settings. Meet and talk with prominent school resource officer and national safety expert and share with district leaders, expert faculty, and principals from across the state of Maryland to hear their successful leadership practices for urban and suburban school settings. 

Speakers include, Director of Leadership Development, Yolanda Stanislaus, Ph.D.; National Association of School Resources and Baltimore County Police Officer, Donald Bridges; Director of Diversity Initiatives at Montgomery County Schools, Troy Boddy; and Loyola University Maryland faculty Myra Smith, Ph.D. and Peter Litchka, Ph.D.

Each attendee will return to their school or district with a toolkit, practices, and new colleague contacts of whom will support, encourage, shape, and deepen your commitment to lead schools in the 21st century.

Cost of attendance is $25. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Conference Details

Date: Friday, October 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Loyola University Maryland
Timonium Graduate Center
2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD
Registration Fee: $25


Program & Background Information

During this one-day conference, participants will examine and discuss challenges for increasing student achievement, maintaining a safe and orderly environment, and creating a culture conducive for a high performing learning organization. Working with experts in school leadership and safety, participants should glean effective strategies for creating a safe, orderly and successful learning environment. Participants will learn from expert faculty, district leaders, and principals from across the State of Maryland examining successful leadership theories and practices in schools placing those practices within a broader context of achievement, approaches when confronted with emergency situations and social justice. Moreover, this conference should help leaders cultivate a network for mentoring and peer support. Principals and aspiring leaders will focus on strategies for improving instruction in diverse environments to increase student achievement and community commitment. Conference participants will return to their schools with a toolkit, practices, and new colleagues of whom could encourage, shape, and deepen their commitment to lead schools for enhanced and sustained student achievement.


  • Expand leaders’ repertoire of essential qualities, actions, and behaviors in order to promote the success of students and staff members
  • Strengthen the development of leadership capacity of stakeholders to share the responsibility of the school improvement process toward the realization of the vision to enhance and sustain student achievement 
  • Heard systemic protocols to effectively manage human resources for a safe school environment in response to emergency and security situations
  • Learn specific strategies for developing and sustaining a positive school culture valuing diversity and communicating effectively with constituents
  • Connect with peers and leaders to cultivate mentoring and supportive network opportunities