This academy will focus on the importance of building resiliency skills in staff and students and
how administrators can drastically improve their culture and climate and put a purposeful plan
together for impacting the social-emotional development of our students through a carefully created environment focusing on a growth mindset, positivity, and gratitude. There is a need to begin to reimplement practices that we were forced to move away from and review the multitude of variables that we must plan proactively to make decisions.
Participants will leave with knowledge of the importance of building social-emotional ‘immunity’. This includes ideas for thinking out of the box and breaking the traditional way of doing things. School leaders will be armed with the tools they need to have an immediate impact on the environment by building a sense of community and opportunity for all.
Presenter: Lisa M. Harrod
Lisa M. Harrod has been the Superintendent of Manteno Community Unit School
District No 5 since July of 2013. She is a National Education Consultant who
specializes in Special Education, Leadership, Motivation, Mindfulness, Social
Emotional Programming, Reshaping Climate and Culture, and Systemic School
She works with school districts and Regional Offices of Education across the
The United States to provide high-quality professional development to educators and
also audits/reviews large departments and organizations. Her workshops are filled
with energy, passion, and celebrating gratitude!
Lisa is the owner of LMT Consulting and recently began a new venture as CEO of
Leveraging Excellence, an educational and corporate consulting firm, whom she
founded with an outstanding fellow consultant.
Lisa was a finalist for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year, was named
Phi Delta Kappa International Educator of the Year in 2010, Phi Delta Kappa
International Emergent Leader in 2008, and received the Steger School District
Distinguished Educator Award in 2007. She knows there is power in collaborating
and working together to accomplish amazing things!
Lisa resides in Manteno with her wonderfully supportive husband, Jason, and her
three young children Nathan, Connor, and Karlie.