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Today, the Bush Institute will bring together over 80 leaders in education reform for AREL’s All-Network Convening. Over the next two days, the convening will engage influential leaders from across the country in collaborative thought and action designed to advance AREL’s mission of ensuring there is an effective principal, able to significantly advance student achievement, at the helm of every school. At its core, AREL Convenes to give our kids the principals they deserve.
National leaders including Secretary Margaret Spellings, who recently began her tenure as President of the George W. Bush Foundation, will speak to the importance of school leadership this afternoon. On Wednesday, Ambassador Karen Hughes, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs under the Bush Administration, will address participants in a keynote speech on education and leadership.
Check below to see what AREL’s convening participants are saying about school leadership and AREL’s role in giving our kids the principals they deserve. Visit the Bush Center blog throughout the next twodays for more profiles and convening updates, and share AREL’s impact on school leadership using #ARELConvenes.
Rob Birdsell, Chief Executive Officer, Accelerate Institute
“At the Accelerate Institute we believe that effective school leadership is the most impactful way to provide all students with a great education. By developing a great school leader, they will in turn impact over 5000 students over a ten year period. That is one powerful multiplier effect! As a former teacher, past President of the Cristo Rey Network and now CEO of the Accelerate Institute, it is clear to me that AREL has been instrumental in identifying common challenges and priorities in urban educational leadership and investing in the creation of platforms and tools to support them accordingly.”
Lauren Vance, Director of Principal Development Programs, KIPP Foundation
“School leadership matters to me because I believe that nothing matters more to a school’s success (or to the success of every student and teacher in that school) than the school leader. The work of closing the achievement gap in our nation is the toughest and most rewarding work in the world, and it requires an ever-growing number of passionate, skilled and committed leaders. I am grateful that I get to play a small role in developing strong and inspirational leaders for our schools full of amazing young people.”
It’s Time to Close the Communication Gaps in Education
If we want strong early childhood education programs, we have to prepare leaders for elementary schools and early childhood programs.
Interventions Only Work When School Districts Support Strong Leadership
The George W. Bush Institute hosted a panel discussion focused on college and career readiness, early childhood, and the importance of school leaders in driving better results for all children.
The Need for a Strong Principal Bench
A recent story of a principal who left the high school he successfully turned around in Newark, New Jersey illustrates how vulnerable turnaround reforms can be when the leader who implemented those reforms moves on.