School Leadership

Kaya Henderson: Leading System Improvement From the Inside

"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. 

3 Things That Make Schools Thrive

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.

Growth, Not Perfection

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."

The Importance of Trust

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.