"You need to lead the community, and you need to follow the community."
Drawing from her experience as Chancellor of DC Public Schools (“the best job in the world”), Teach For America alumna Kaya Henderson reflected on the benefits and challenges of leading change from inside the education system in a keynote address at the Teach For All Global System Change Conference in Santiago, Chile on April 4.
"What can we do classroom by classroom, school by school, to prove that every child from every community can succeed in school and succeed in life as well as any child in any other community?"
KIPP co-founder and Teach For America alumnus Mike Feinberg recently wrote in the Huffington Post about the fundamental elements common to successful schools around the world. The post is based on his experiences visiting schools and talking with parents in countries as diverse as Mexico, South Africa, and Israel through KIPP's One World Network of Schools initiative.
Is seeking perfection in our students, our schools and ourselves a healthy model for growth?
Isaac Pollack (Teach For America '06), Principal of New Orleans’ Carver High School doesn’t think so. He leads his school on the simple belief that "it’s ok to make mistakes, just be better tomorrow than you were today."
A trust culture
The purpose of schools is to develop a place where all students learn at high levels. In order to achieve this, we must establish meaningful relationships. As a former principal, one of my main responsibilities was to help facilitate these relationships. And an essential component of meaningful relationships is trust. Trust is safety. Trust is comfort. Trust is feeling that someone has your back. Trust is an environment where individuals can be their best selves.
The highly anticipated results of the 2012 PISA survey of education systems around the world were released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The PISA exam, which tests the proficiency of half a million 15-year-olds in 65 nations and economies across the globe, assesses what and how students are learning and what it takes to build a school system in which the majority of students are high-performing.