Principals of Turnaround Schools Network in Westborough
August 5, 2014. Teachers21, in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education' office of School Turnaround, hosted 22 leaders of the state's lowest-performing schools at the MassTech Collaborative in Westborough. These principals and other school leaders face a seemingly impossible job, in complex conditions, within emotionally-charged climates, and with exceedingly high stakes for our community's most vulnerable population -- yet most of them do it alone. Yesterday, these leaders gathered to establish relationships that can help carry them through the next year and bring their schools greater success. For many it was the first time they have been able to have an extended conversation with another school turnaround leader about their shared challenges, questions and learnings and their feedback told us that the event was well-worth the efforts they made to join us from all over the state.
John D'Auria receives MSSAA Friend of Education Award
July 31, 2014. At the annual Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association conference in Hyannis MA, Dr. John D'Auria, President of Teachers21, received The Michael J. Kane MSSAA Friend of Education Award. This award is presented annually to a person, organization or corporation that has, in the opinion of the Association, made a significant and lasting contribution to the furthering of public education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Recent recipients include Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Dr. Karla Baehr, Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, U.S. Representative John Tierney and U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Developing a Leadership Pipeline
As one educational leader recently commented, “If I were named superintendent tomorrow, my No. 1 priority would be an outstanding principal in every school. Everything else would be secondary.”
What are Your Predictions
Below you will see a chart that illustrates data that often have a significant impact on a student’s future education options. Additionally, when this kind of data is aggregated across classrooms, schools, and districts, it becomes a focal point for making decisions about the success of an educational community, the quality of its leadership, and the effectiveness of its educators.