Caught Between a Rock and a Very Hard Place: Being a Senior Administrator During a Pandemic

Thursday, November 12, 2020
4:30-6 PM Eastern / 3:30-5 PM Central
for senior administrators

Senior administrators have done more heavy lifting in the last seven months than their faculty colleagues will ever understand. You knew coming into the role that it would involve strenuous work, with each school year a marathon. Before the pandemic, however, you could count on having water stations along the way. There were enough moments of joy and connection to replenish you, and there were enough moments of satisfaction that came with meeting the many challenges of the job. Not now; most leaders have not exhaled since March. Everyone is talking at you and asking you to solve too many problems at once. As the lightning rod for stressed out colleagues and parents, you’re fried.

Dr. Paula Chu of the Stanley H. King Institute will lead us through interactive experiences and share tools for listening to each other and being listened to in return. Feeling too busy to take a sip of a restorative conversation with a fellow school leader? You do see what’s wrong with that picture, right? We hope you’ll join us for this engaging and thoughtful opportunity.

SAIS Member School: $25 per person
Non-Member School: $50 per person

- The Zoom link will be included in the reminder emails sent prior to the start time.
- This session will be NOT be recorded.



Paula Chu is associate director of the Stanley H. King Institute. She has a doctoral degree in coun­seling psy­chology from the Uni­versity of Con­necticut, she is licensed in New York as a mental health counselor and in Con­necticut as a pro­fes­sional counselor. She is certified by the National Board of Certified Coun­selors and is a certified health coach through the Institute for Inte­grative Nutrition. In the first decade of her career she served as associate dean of students, minority student advisor, and inter­na­tional student advisor at a liberal arts college. She then moved to the boarding/day school world where she served for 10 years as academic dean and then six years as director of coun­seling before opening her private practice. She has been a faculty member at the Stanley King Coun­seling Institute since 2001 and has taught coun­seling skills at the Black­berry River Retreat since 2008. 




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