“A healthy culture is vital to your school's overall energy and tone. Your proficiency as an emotionally in-tune leader promotes or prevents your school community's success.”

Dr. Toni Faddis

Is your school exhibiting signs of an unhealthy social climate? Are staff members afraid to freely share their thoughts and opinions on important school matters? Does favoritism dictate who has access to the principal’s time? Are you a new principal struggling to balance student needs with community perception?

If you’re nodding, it’s time to enlist outside help.

Dr. Faddis’ evidence-based programs are designed to help schools who are struggling with low morale and poor community engagement to turn the corner and become healthier, more productive learning environments.

Through her workshops and consulting sessions, you’ll learn thoughtful strategies to help you improve interactions inside your school and throughout your community.

You’ll learn to foster collaboration between groups of people with differing interests. You’ll develop reflective leadership qualities that help you reach a deeper understanding of yourself and the motivations of the people in your school community. Finally, you’ll learn how to use your new, deeper understanding of the people around you to reach ethical, equitable decisions that benefit your students and improve the overall health of your school.

The theoretical foundation of Dr. Faddis’ work is based on Multiple Ethical Paradigms by Joan Poliner Shapiro and Jacqueline A. Stepkovich. Using the four paradigms outlined in their book, Dr. Faddis helps her clients connect the ethics of justice, care, critique, and profession to situations that seem to occupy a grey area on the ethical spectrum. Her work is also influenced by Peter DeWitt, author of Collaborative Leadership, and Dominique Smith, Nancy Frey, Ian Pumpian and Douglas Fisher, authors of Building Equity.

What you’ll learn in the one-day workshop:
  • Ethical decision making
  • Reflection
  • Team building
  • Developing/repairing school culture
  • Interpersonal skills
What to expect from individual counseling sessions:
  • Customized, one-on-one guidance
  • Confidentiality
  • Personal feedback

The success of Dr. Faddis’ workshops led her to write the book The Ethical Line: 10 Leadership Strategies for Effective Decision Making Corwin Press, June 2019).

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., San Diego State University states that “the daily decisions of school leaders are shaped by a set of personal and professional ethics that influence every interaction we have with students, colleagues, and families. Toni Faddis provides clear and coherent guidelines for helping leaders locate and adhere to a set of ethical standards, and interrogate one’s own biases. The outcome is an assurance that all decisions, large and small, are grounded in an ethical frame.”

Jacqueline Stefkovich, J.D., Ed.D., and Professor Emerita of The Pennsylvania State University calls it “An innovative and thoughtful approach to addressing real-life ethical concerns of educational practitioners.”

Bradley Portin, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington–Bothell remarks that “Toni Faddis provides a vital work for our time. Schooling is not less complex, it is more complex by the day. In The Ethical Line, we are reminded that schools are ‘people places’ and only ethical leaders can build the kind of community necessary for each student to thrive and communities to reach their full potential together.”

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What people are saying:

Dr. Faddis skillfully captures the very essence of what leaders at all levels of the organization must do to solve complex issues in which there are no easy solutions. In a time where integrity and ethical leadership is paramount when faced with solving tough issues, Dr. Faddis provides hope and proven strategies to keep leaders from crossing the ethical line.

David Lorden, Ed. D. Former District Superintendent
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