Latonia Amerson’s summer includes intensive training. Raise Your Hand Texas chose Amerson to take part in a school leadership program. She will learn best practices for effective, positive change.
The selected principals received a grant from Raise Your Hand Texas. They will attend professional development programs. The Principals’ Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education offers six summer institutes. Each weeklong program is designed to empower school leaders. They will strengthen their leadership skills for greater impact.
The Harvard program started eight years ago. In that time, Raise Your Hand Texas will have sponsored more than 900 principals. Raise Your Hand Texas covers all expenses for those selected. The average cost is about $7,500 per attendee. Since the start of the program, the organization has provided more than $6 million in grants.
“We focus on building strong campus leaders,” said Morgan. “It is one of the fastest, most effective ways to improve education for all students.”
Jina Eksaengsri, Principal @ Riddle Elementary School in Frisco ISD
Raise Your Hand Texas Alumna ‘13 (Harvard – Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership)
Amerson will attend the National Institute for Urban School Leaders. It is set for June 20 – 25 in Cambridge, MA. Harvard faculty and top experts in the fields of education lead training and workshops.
The National Institute for Urban School Leaders will refine principals’ leadership skills. It will broaden their understanding of effective teaching and learning. They will examine successful practices from urban settings. Principals will set high expectations for achievement and explore strategies that promote student engagement.
Public education is a high-stake environment of accountability and limited resources. School leaders must be able to address urgent challenges from many constituencies. Research on effective schools continually points to the important role leaders play. They create the right conditions to increase student achievement.
[caption id="attachment_29250" align="alignright" width="360"] Eisenhower Ninth Grade iASPIRE students attend Big Ike’s Grads Give Back event.[/caption]
Examine the beliefs, cultural changes, teaching and learning strategies; promote high student achievement
Amerson will network and connect with peers who face similar challenges. She and other school leaders will have the time they need to reflect, refocus and recharge.
“I feel honored to have been selected,” Amerson. “I have no doubt that the coaching will inspire me with new ideas when I get back to the campus. I will take what I learn to improve instruction and expand the knowledge of my leadership team. We owe it to the students to give them the best education possible. We need to ensure we are doing what we need to do so students are learning and succeeding.”
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