University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Flux Pedagogy: Transformative Leadership in Times of Inequity

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Program Dates: December 15th and 22nd, 2020 and January 12th, 2021

Penn GSE Virtual Institutes bring Penn's faculty and resources to teachers, educators and leaders across the globe. In these innovative professional learning modules, participants engage in real-time, online group sessions as well as reflect and learn at their own pace in asynchronous sessions. Institutes typically span three consecutive half days, allowing participants to accelerate their learning while continuing to fulfill their professional obligations.


Participants who successfully complete this Virtual Institute will receive a Penn GSE Certificate of Participation.

About the Program

Flux Pedagogy: Transformative Leadership in Times of Inequity equips leaders with the framework and skills to foster an equitable, responsive, and trauma-informed learning environment.

Developed to support educational leaders, this Institute uses Dr. Sharon Ravitch's Flux Pedagogy Framework to explore the dimensions of leadership one should consider during this time. Dimensions covered in the Flux Pedagogy Framework include:

  • Radical Growth Mindset
  • Distributed Wisdom Approach
  • Inquiry Stance
  • Trauma-informed Pedagogy
  • Radical Compassion and Radical Self-Care
  • Responsive and Humanizing Pedagogy
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Racial Literacy
  • Brave Space Pedagogy
  • Emotional Imagination and Inner Resource Cultivation

Through active group discussions and individualized assignments, participants will engage in hands-on, solution-focused, collaborative and person-centered learning. This Institute is a space for leaders to explore and practice transformation in a safe environment with peers. Participants will leave this Institute equipped with practical strategies and tangible resources to develop and foster a more equity- and inquiry-based educational environment.

What You'll Gain

Participants will walk away with a framework and skills to:

  • Use a radical growth mindset and enact leader learning agility
  • Lead trauma-informed organizations
  • Enact a responsive and inquiry-based leadership approach
  • Prioritize leader and community wellness
  • Develop racial literacy and norms for equitable organizations


Who Should Enroll

Leaders in the following environments:

  • K-12 public, private and independent schools
  • District offices responsible for learning, PD, and R&D
  • Higher education institutions
  • Not-for-profit and corporate learning environments


Dr. Sharon Ravitch

Professor of Practice, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

Principal Investigator, Semillas Digitales Initiative

Co-Founder, Penn's Inter-American Educational Leadership Network

Penn Graduate School of Education




3 days (pre-scheduled, non-consecutive)



Synchronous sessions:

  • December 15th, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00pm ET
  • December 22nd, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00pm ET
  • January 12th, 2021 from 5:00 - 8:00pm ET

Asynchronous pre-session work per day: 2 hours


Standard rate: $600
Early bird rate: $450.00*
Group rate: $450.00 per person**

*Early bird rate available until 12/08/2020
**Group rate available for 4+ from the same organization. Contact for more information.


Penn GSE Certificate of Participation



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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you have to cancel your registration prior to the program's start date, you will receive a fee credit, valid for one year, for a future Penn GSE Virtual Institute. If Penn GSE must cancel your registration, we will refund your payment in full, or you may request a fee credit as above.