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New course: Language and Leadership with Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D.

Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D.

On March 30, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PT), UCOP Learning and Development is launching a new course, Language and Leadership. It will be led by Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D.

Language is a powerful resource and motivator, and a medium through which we make our intentions, values and beliefs known to others. As leaders, the language we use can make the difference between a high-functioning and positive environment, to disgruntlement and high turnover. When leaders have a greater awareness of language that is aligned to core values, they can impact the changes they desire individually and as a team.

During this course, participants will:

  • Explore the science of gratitude
  • Define discourse and uncover how it affects teams
  • Identify the language of leadership
  • Explore steps for shifting language for a positive team culture

Register online here

About the instructor

Nicole Williams Browning, Ed.D., has devoted 25 years of service to public education. Her background includes instruction and educational leadership at all levels of public and private K-12 schools and districts, community colleges and universities. She is currently a senior program associate at WestEd and a lecturer at California State University, East Bay, where she is developing the second cohort of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.

Prior to WestEd, Dr. Browning served as the area superintendent of three Bay Area counties, supervising a network of kindergarten through twelfth-grade schools; before that, she was first a teacher, then principal at the elementary and middle-school levels. During Nicole’s tenure in school leadership, she earned two California Distinguished School Awards, which recognize schools that demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

Nicole is passionate about creating conditions for liberatory conditions and systems while cultivating sustainable leadership practices. She specializes in executive and leadership coaching, professional development, and instructional practices that narrow the achievement gap in public schools.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley; two master’s degrees, in literature and educational leadership from California State University, East Bay; and a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California.


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