Will Your Innovative School Stand the Test of Time?

February 11, 4:30 pm

On Monday, February 11 at 4:30 pm (Eastern time), join our free one-hour webinar to learn with school leaders who are fostering innovation and evolution through mentorship and networks. Linda Nathan, Carmen Torres, Sung-Joon "Sunny" Pai, and Mirko Chardin invite you to discuss intergenerational school leadership. Bring your questions and ideas about how to create and sustain vibrant, challenging, creative, and equitable schools.

The connections among these four are deep; Sunny and Mirko trained as emerging leaders with Linda and Carmen and now collaborate as colleagues, principal mentors in the Perrone Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, and as revolutionary leaders within their school systems and beyond.

Dr. Linda Nathan and Ms. Carmen Torres

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Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres joined forces at Boston’s Fenway High School, where Linda was co-director and Carmen founded the pharmacy program. Their collaboration continued at Boston Arts Academy, where Linda was the founding headmaster and Carmen was founding assistant headmaster and then co-headmaster. They are now the co-founders and co-directors of the Perrone Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership, run by the Center for Artistry and Scholarship, where Linda is the Executive Director.

Mr. Mirko Chardin


Mirko Chardin is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko's greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture. Mirko is a race, diversity, and cultural proficiency facilitator/leadership coach. He is also a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership and an active hip-hop artist, releasing the album “Unhealthy Societies” in September 2018. 

Mr. Sung-Joon “Sunny” Pai


Sung-Joon (Sunny) Pai is the Director of Systems and Innovation and Executive Director, Diploma Plus Program at Charlestown High School in Boston. Sunny began working in the Boston Public School system as a student teacher in 1998 at Fenway High School. He then became a founding faculty member at the Boston Arts Academy (BAA). Over seven years at BAA, Sunny was a science teacher, writing teacher, advisor, student government coordinator, department chair, interim curriculum coordinator, and principal intern through the Principal Residency Network.

Upcoming webinars

Monday, March 4, 2019 | 4:30 pm Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership Info Session

Join Linda Nathan and Carmen Torres, co-founders and co-directors of the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi), to learn more about the program's work to develop creative and innovative educational and community leaders. We are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 PSi cohort on a rolling basis. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 4:30 pm Creativity and Test Scores: Managing the Balance

Join Linda Nathan and leaders of arts-infused public schools to think about the tension between fiercely committing to creativity and demonstrating student academic performance through high-stakes standardized tests.