Senate Braced for Lengthy Debate on ESEA – Education Week

The concern is for ESEA to fulfill its function as a civil rights law. There’s still a long way to go before Title I showdown is worked out, and accountability provisions.

Senate Braced for Lengthy Debate on ESEA – Education Week.

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My Inspiration to be an Educational Leader

My inspiration to become an education administrator originates from my desire to be an education leader. During the seven years I have worked as a teacher in New York City, I have always had an empathetic relationship with my students, leading, motivating, and helping them with the support of their parents. However, I believe that I could do more than teach one class at a time, as I consider it to be my personal mission to work with children schoolwide in order to help them to find their true calling in life. I believe that this is the reason why I can be an excellent educational leader.

I am convinced that being an educational leader takes strong conviction, personal empowerment, and a willingness to seek out learning experiences beyond the school and district. I grew up holding a high regard for academics, believing that the only way to truly find freedom was through knowledge. My passion for learning has given me an enthusiasm for life, a drive for understanding the world, and an appreciation of everyone’s contributions within it. It is has always been my goal to generate a positive energy that is so contagious that others are inspired to excel.

In my previous career as an Art Director, I traveled the world developing products working with people to reach business goals within strict deadlines. Through that experience I learned that both teamwork and decisiveness are key elements in leadership. As a life long learner, I am eager to develop my leadership skills and my knowledge of current educational trends and research to guide my actions. I am passionate about being proactive in spending time as an educational leader to shape ideas, change attitudes, and to challenge others within the learning community to do their best in order to maintain high expectations and maximize the talents of others.

In my experience, educational leadership is a combination of art, science and human nature. For me, this began as an innate process, which is continuing to evolve and refine over time. What is most important for me is making decisions in a moral and ethical manner. I know that leadership strategies and practices need to adapt to the various dynamic environments, but what I’ve found most important is to have a moral compass to direct important decision-making and to guide my actions towards ethical behavior.

My vision for student achievement begins with my commitment to teaching the whole child. As an assistant principal, I will encourage all adult interactions within the school community to mirror this philosophy and act as models of respect and integrity for students. In doing so, I will support my school in continuing to offer not only a strong academic foundation, but also a rich social and emotional experience so that children receive a well-rounded education. I believe the school community must strive to inspire students to be not only lifelong learners, but also conscientious citizens.

I understand the importance of building strong relationships with the teachers, students, and parents, and it is with these relationships that a shared vision can nurture the successes that have already been made within the school community, and do the work necessary to move the school forward. Across the disciplines, I’d like to develop rich programs that stimulate our students’ interests. Our children have a richer educational experience when they can learn from, and help, those around them.

As an educational leader, I will address the challenges facing my school and my district through the recruitment, training, evaluation and ongoing development of our staff. I will support my superintendent in ensuring that parents, community members, and teachers have a strong vested interest in a shared vision, and co-own the outcomes produced by our school. I will actively engage all stakeholders in fulfilling this mission and enact the vision of all students succeeding in our school.

My belief that all students can succeed, my experience in creating learning communities, and my vision for student achievement qualify me as an excellent school leader who is dedicated to support your districtwide programs and initiatives. I look forward to discussing your vision for student learning, and would appreciate the opportunity to explore ways I can support your efforts to ensure every student in your school will become successful as a learner, a productive member of the school community, and college and career ready.

This Is For the Kids

This is for the kids who made me cry.  Who wore me out, who tore me down.  This is for the kids who wondered why.   Who dared to speak, who dared to question.  This is for the kids that didn’t give up, that saw something in me I would have never seen myself.  Who questioned persistently, who had the audacity to say they were bored.  And who never ever thought that school should be about the teachers and not about the kids.

Those kids that may be “hard” to teach.  Those kids that are definitely hard to reach.  Those kids with their chips, their baggage, their grudges.  Who couldn’t think that this was what school was meant to be, who didn’t believe that it couldn’t get better.  Who pushed me and pulled me, who got angry at times.  This is for you kids, and I hope you know who…

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Patience and Belief

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.

Joyce Meyer

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, and hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe. 

What does it take to be remarkably successful?

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Go to the link to learn more. I believe that effort and starting with an end in mind are key.

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Just Out – Highlights of the PDK/Gallup Poll

PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

This is a wonderful resource of what the public thinks of education. There were a few surprises, especially regarding our need to educate parents about he Common Core.

Highlights of the 2013 PDK/Gallup poll/ What Americans said about the public schools

COMMON CORE

Most Americans don’t know about the Common Core and those who do don’t understand it.

SCHOOL SAFETY

Kids are safe at school. Don’t give teachers and principals guns to protect children; invest in better mental health services rather than weapons.

ONLINE LEARNING

High school students should be able to earn college credits via the Internet while attending high school.

STANDARDIZED TESTS

The significant increase in testing in the past decade has either hurt or made no difference in improving schools.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools probably offer a better education than traditional public schools.

BIGGEST PROBLEM

Lack of financial support continues to be the biggest problem facing public schools.

TEACHER EVALUATIONS

VOUCHERS

Students’ standardized test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers. Teacher evaluations should be available to the public — and so should evaluations of doctors and police.

Don’t spend public money to send children to private schools.

CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

Children of immigrants who are in the United States illegally should not have access to free public education.

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