A New Year for Joy and Possibility

Wherever you are this holiday season, we hope you feel safe and connected to those you hold dear even if they are far away. This year has been incredibly tough. It has called on all of us—as people in the fight for greater equity in our schools and in our world—to lean into our values … Continued

How Should Nonprofits Support Schools Right Now?

Despite the chaos in the world, there’s a sense of calm in the air. I’m talking with Amy Rome, who recently left her role as Leading Educators president after five transformative years, although she is continuing to serve Chicago students and schools in new ways. While at LE, Amy led a national network of partnerships … Continued

What is Impact?

Recently, Leading Educators announced that Laura Meili will step into the role of Chief Impact Officer, a shift that will put greater focus on supporting partners to understand what’s changing in their schools in complex ways. This move comes at a critical time for the education community as school systems respond to the dual threats … Continued

We All Need Someone to Believe in Us

Meet LaKimbre Brown, Chief of Networks Dr. LaKimbre Brown recently joined Leading Educators as the new Chief of Networks. Throughout her 22-year education career, she has made equity, fairness, and belonging for students her personal mission. In this conversation, she shares about the experiences that have shaped her leadership and her vision. Adan Garcia: Let’s … Continued

Leading and Learning from a Distance

In Conversation with Morris Jeff Community School Leading up to March 16, 2020, there were whispers that New Orleans Parish Public Schools might have to close. The leaders at Morris Jeff Community School began to build a distance learning plan. Within the week, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued a directive for all schools to … Continued

School Districts and the Road to Equity

What does equity in education mean? An experience I had touring a school sticks out in my mind. The screen read: “a2 + b2 = c2” Twenty seventh-grade students, seated in rows in this Tulsa classroom, were silently working from an old textbook. Their teacher, illuminated by an overhead projector, looked on. For about thirty … Continued

Lessons from Louisiana: Collaborative Planning that Works

Sara Neal is a Senior Director at Leading Educators. She has supported dozens of Louisiana schools to establish strong leadership and professional development systems since 2014. Sara has been an educator for more than 20 years, and she was a member of Leading Educators’ first cohort. “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess … Continued

Not One-Size-Fits-All

Lessons Learned From Tulsa Schools It is often said that school systems get the results they are designed to produce. Education leaders know that they need to enable key shifts in teaching and learning to make equity the reality for every student, but it can be challenging to know where to start. Our partners at … Continued

How We’re Making Tulsa a Great Place to Learn

Bryan Gibson is principal of Mitchell Elementary School at Tulsa Public Schools. Bryan has wide experience in education, spending time as a mental health counselor and a special education teacher before entering school leadership with the encouragement of his peers. He’s a first year member of the Empower cohort. We talked to Bryan about how … Continued

Do More with Teacher Appreciation

Do a quick Google search for “Teacher Appreciation Week” and you will uncover dozens of pages broadcasting special deals for teachers, gift ideas for parents, and recognition events. Now in the 35th year, this annual reminder that teachers are valued brings rare national focus to education as a top tier issue for five short days. … Continued