Kristine Jenkins


Kris Jenkins is in her 6th year serving as Superintendent of Branch Intermediate School District.   Prior to that she was the Assistant Superintendent for CTE at Calhoun Intermediate School District for 14 years and before that she taught at Tekonsha Community Schools for 14 years.  Kris earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University.

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Day 2
September 21, 2023
3:45 pm

Beyond the Divide: Fostering Community in the Space Between Freedom and Fear [DEI]

21 September
Time:  3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Location:  Peninsula B/C

Panel Discussion:
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman says, “A complex, adaptive coalition has no left and no right. It must be made from the center out. Everyone working together is the only way it’s going to work.” To that end, a group of superintendents from across the country came together to learn, ask questions, consider perspectives, and design a new path forward that will not only meet the needs of students today, but protect our democracy for tomorrow.

Focus: Women in Leadership/Urban School Districts /Diversity, Equity, Inclusion /Leadership Development/Other.

Takeaways: Together we explored the following questions:
How do we meet the needs of ALL students in a time of great polarization? How can global competence serve as an organizing tool and framework for positive conversations in our communities? How do we ensure that our education system is adequately preparing young people to be active and engaged citizens in a multiethnic democracy?

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