Banning Unified Administrators Expand Skills, Set Goals During Leadership Symposium

With a theme of “The Time is Now,” Banning Unified School District prepared for the 2022-23 school year with a leadership symposium for top administrators on July 21, led by Superintendent Terrence Davis. The symposium emphasized the District’s goals of working collectively to support students, staff and families.

The all-day symposium, held for District administrators, principals and assistant principals, began with a series of ice breakers and a reading of the inspirational story, “Dave the Potter.” Morning workshops included discussions on how to be smart leaders, the benefits of spreading meaningful kindness among school staff and how to effectively use social media to communicate school successes. Administrators also shared individual reflections on what “The Time is Now” means to them.

After lunch, administrators engaged in teambuilding activities, led by motivational speakers from the ANEW Project, an educational leadership organization designed for social and emotional learning, and led by ANEW Project CEO Juan Arambul. Administrators broke into teams and received instruction on how to trust and support each other as they work through challenges.

"The leadership symposium is a great way to bring everyone together before the school year starts and ensure that we are all on the same page going forward,” Davis said. “We learned how to be better and smarter leaders, grounded ourselves for the 2022-23 school year and had a lot of fun. We are deeply appreciative to have the ANEW Project come out to lend their expertise. It was a great way to start the year.”