Observations, wonderings and tools on leadership and equity from the NYC Leadership Academy’s staff of school and district leadership experts.
Irma Zardoya // February 14, 2017
No child deserves to be seen as a statistic, to be known simply for the color of her skin or her country of origin. At the NYC Leadership Academy, we believe that every one of our students needs educators who know and honor them for all of their complexities and individualities.
Michelle Jarney // January 9, 2017
Much of coaching is about surfacing what might be difficult to take in or hard to say. To coach is often to voice feedback, observing behaviors, calling them out, and working with leaders to explore the impact that their decisions, their actions, and their words, have on others. I often describe the role of the coach as someone who “holds the mirror up,” reflecting back inescapable truths for the purpose of promoting self-insight and, ultimately, self-directed change on the part of the coachee.
NYC Leadership Academy // December 19, 2016
From the presidential debate podiums to city streets across America, 2016 was a year of heated discussion and protest about race and culture and the disparities and policies that divide them. Schools, of course, were not immune to these conversations and tensions. As we consider how we can talk about and act on inequities in education in the New Year, we are grateful to have an extensive bank of resources to look to for learning and inspiration.
Ruby Fernandez // December 7, 2016
My work in school leadership is personal. When I moved to the U.S. from Ghana at age 10, I came with messaging from my family and community that nothing was impossible for me. The adults in my life -- my village -- believed in me, had high expectations for me.
Derick Spaulding // December 6, 2016
District leaders, how are you ensuring that low expectations for student outcomes are not plaguing the school system and the stakeholders you are charged with leading?
Mary Rice-Boothe // December 5, 2016
I was presenting at a conference on NYCLA’s recent work around equity when, part way through my presentation, a woman raised her hand and said, “As a white woman, when you use the term ‘social justice,’ that gives me an out to not talk about race.”
Nancy Gutierrez // November 17, 2016
Your school leaders need to hear your voice. The results of our presidential election have created tension in communities across the country. There are likely a variety of opinions among your school leaders, among your teachers, among your students, and among your families—even in places you would expect to be of like mind.