“It takes a lot of creativity and thinking outside the box. But when you go to schools and know that often our meals may be the only source of nutrition that some students are getting, you have to give them the best we can.”
Julie A. Bowline
“These are tomorrow’s citizens, and we can’t ignore the need to have their education include digital literacy. This is imperative to their future.”
“What stymies a lot of change is that it’s hard for people to imagine [that procurement] can be done in a different way. But there are also costs to maintaining the status quo.”
Innovation in Procurement
“Teachers would take the strategies, come back, and reflect on what was challenging for students and where they needed additional support, and we’d hunt for those resources. That grassroots, teacher-up kind of model became the Core Task Project.”
“The new standards in literacy, math, and science are giving all of us a really good opportunity to ratchet up our programs for English-learners in significant ways. The needs of these students have to be front and center.”
“If you are looking to reform a school district, it can be sped up, and you can get more traction, if you engage parents in the work. We can’t leave parents on the sidelines.”
“Globally, when you look, we’ve got to get better at math and science. I’m a former science teacher. I knew we could pull this off, that we could create the vision for it. And we’ve done better than I would have anticipated.”
Kelvin R. Adams & Mary J. Armstrong
“We have scarce resources, and we need to be spending those scarce resources on working together. We don’t have the luxury of fighting each other when those outside issues are overwhelming.”
(Kelvin R. Adams)
Partnering for Preschool
“Our new-century learners have an expectation of being able to access information and learning 24/7. If we don’t provide those pathways for them to earn those credits and move on, we’re going to lose them.”
“When it’s all said and done, I think school districts need to be prepared. They need to take deliberate action; they need to monitor that action. You complete the work, and you celebrate when you’re done.”
“I really try not to look at things as ‘We can’t do this.’ There may be challenges to doing some things, but I don’t let that stop us from moving forward. If one thing doesn’t work, let’s try another way to find a solution.”
“It’s incumbent upon leadership to set the tone that the only way to move forward is to figure out how to work together and work smarter.”
Dennis W. Creedon
“I tell my principals that the first step in the path of wisdom is taken with humility—that you cannot be arrogant. You cannot make assumptions. All you can do is speak for the children and their need for self-expression and discovery.”
“When you say ‘school nursing,’ I think a lot of people think of the nurse in the Rockwell painting who is giving a spoonful of elixir or putting on a Band-Aid. It’s way more than that. You are dealing with the whole student and helping them be successful.”
“When I first got here, I slowed down and just took the time to assess where we were versus coming in with a ton of ideas. You need to know as much about the things that are working well as you do the things that need improvement.”
Dennis J. Dupree Sr.
Raising Academic Expectations
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About 2014 Education Week Leaders To Learn From
Like last year’s inaugural report, this 2014 edition profiles 16 district-level leaders. Hailing from 14 states, these leaders serve communities big and small, from rural Alaska to New York City, the nation’s largest district, with 1.1 million students.
While many of the leaders profiled are superintendents, the roster also includes a sprinkling of administrators and educators who are not normally in the public eye—including a director of nursing services, an instructional technology director, and a teacher on special assignment to his district’s department of curriculum and instruction.
On April 1, 2014, Education Week hosted Leaders To Learn From 2014, an event that brought together exceptional school leaders, Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle from the U.S. Department of Education, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. The event included engaging presentations and powerful discussions. Click here to view this archived event.
Produced with support from The Wallace Foundation, at www.wallacefoundation.org
7:15 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast Join for breakfast with leaders who work in the fields of most interest to you. There’ll be tables for parent engagement, school climate, ed tech, and more!
8:00 a.m.–8:25 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Recognition Presentation Recognition of the work of 8 of the 15—2015 Leaders To Learn From selected by Education Week.
8:25 a.m.–8:40 a.m. Breakouts—Meet the Leaders First 8 Leaders will go to their subject matter tables located throughout the room to discuss with attendees their “Focus of Strength” and to answer any questions attendees have. (Attendees will be encouraged to find their table of interest based on the map of the room provided in the program).
8:40 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Recognition Presentation Concludes Recognition of the work of our final 7 Leaders To Learn From.
9:10 a.m.–9:35 a.m Breakouts—Meet the Leaders Second group of Leaders will go to their subject matter tables located throughout the room to discuss with attendees their “Focus of Strength” and to answer any questions attendees have.
9:35 a.m.–10:05 a.m. District Leader Snapshots (A selection of 2015 Leaders will come to the stage with their reporters and discuss their “Focus of Strength.”)
10:05 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Midmorning Networking Break
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. “Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact” Michael Fullan, education leadership author and expert, and former minister of education, Canada (2003–2013).
11:30 a.m.–12:00 a.m. District Leader Snapshots (A selection of 2015 Leaders will come to the stage with their reporters and discuss their “Focus of Strength”).
12:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. “Ask the ED” Join in a Department of Education Lightning Round featuring Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Deborah S. Delisle other Department of Education leadership who will take your questions.
Moderated by Virginia B. Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon Uninterrupted time to mingle with those you’ve met at your tables and at the various tables set up throughout the room during our break-outs.