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Tuesday, June 8 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Principal Endurance: Finding Our Pace and Stride to Thrive as School Leaders - Dr. David Boren and Dr. Joe Jensen

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Every school year can feel like a grueling race, and an administrative career makes a marathon seem like a skip in the park. In trying to win the educational leadership race, we can easily push ourselves too hard for too long, hurting our schools as well as our own physical, mental, and emotional health. Too often, administrator wellbeing is portrayed as something you accomplish outside of your work.  For example, we all know we will be better off if we exercise, take a vacation, or go to a conference. While these kinds of things are certainly good and worthwhile, HOW we handle the daily pressures of the principalship are even more important to principal wellbeing. During this interactive keynote, we will review a few guiding principles for effective daily endurance, share experiences with each other, and make some plans for running our most effective and enjoyable school leadership race. 

David has been an educator for the last 20 years. He has taught Spanish at a private university, has been a public school teacher and administrator, and currently works as the director of BYU’s School Leadership Program. His work as an educator has taken him to South America, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and all over the United States. His writing and teaching focus primarily on leading teams, adult learning, innovative education, and fostering wellbeing in schools. David grew up on a small farm in Idaho and now lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with his wife Sherrie, and their five busy kids. In his free time, he enjoys running, mt. biking, hiking, fishing, storytelling, and puttering around in the yard.

Joe Bio 
Racing mountain bikes in Leadville, running in Boston, or just commuting by bike to school, Joe has become an endurance junkie. That training serves him well as the principal of Timpanogos High School, where he revels in creating conditions and building capacity with an amazing team of educators to intentionally nurture connection and well-being as well as deliberately develop a culture for deep learning in students and staff. In his 27th year, Joe has been an English teacher, assistant principal, JH principal, and HS principal. He would rather play catch with his nine-year-old in the backyard than attend an NFL football game. He would rather read great literature than go to a special effects movie. He would rather plan a good road trip with Julie and his 6 kids than book a Caribbean cruise. In his endurance pursuits, he lives by the mantra, “There’s no bad weather, there’s just bad gear.” And, his kids still roll their eyes when he claims doctor status on medical questions.

Tuesday June 8, 2021 4:15pm - 5:15pm MDT