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The Importance of Mentoring

The Importance of Mentoring

As an undergraduate student at UT, I held a variety of jobs, including one at a convenience store. The owner, a very successful businessman who spoke few words, gave me sage advice. “Kevin,” he said, “as you go into your profession, you need to find mentors who will...
The Importance of Mentoring

Coming Together Through Community Schools

When I was an elementary principal of a Title 1 school, my favorite thing to do was to stand out front every morning to greet students, staff and parents. Regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, political persuasion, religion or ability, every child who...
The Importance of Mentoring

Good Things Happen When Educators Vote

When educators speak up for public education, people listen. When they vote, good things happen for our children. But when they don’t speak up and don’t vote, history has shown us that bad things happen. It really is that simple. Texas’ 86th legislative session is now...
The Importance of Mentoring

The Balance of Management and Leadership

The varied and complex roles of administrators can generally be placed under two categories: management and leadership. The best superintendents do both very well. Management matters. No one cares what your vision of leadership is if the roof is leaking, bus schedules...
The Importance of Mentoring

Focus Locally, Keep the Momentum Going

Educators and public school supporters, including parents, business leaders, students and friends, showed up at the polls in November in record numbers. That is cause for celebration. For at least a decade now, it feels as though public education has been attacked,...