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  • 1. The  Art  of  Leadership  at  Home* *  Or  how  one  Texas  principal  went  to   Harvard,  went  back  to  Longview,  and   helped  change  the  lives  of  students.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 2. Being  chosen  to  aAend  RYHT’s  Leadership   Program  at  Harvard  is  an  honor. It  is  also  a  challenge  and  ulGmately  a   big  responsibility.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 3. It’s  not  only  a  chance  to  grow  as   an  educator  and  a  professional, but  it’s  a  once-­‐in-­‐a-­‐lifeGme   opportunity  to  make  an  impact  on  a   local  and  statewide  level.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 4. Over  the  years,  we  have  had  many  remarkable   principals  aAend.   For  some,  the  experience  has  been  transformaGonal  and  has   in  turn  transformed  the  world  around  them.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 5. Meet  Margaret  Davis. She  aAended  the  2008  RYHT  Leadership   Program  as  a  principal  from  Forest  Park   Magnet  School  in  Longview  ISD.  The  three   main  things  she  took  from  her  experience   at  Harvard  were:Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 6. • A  passion  for  and  commitment  to  excellence,   and  an  integrity  of  process  that  leR  a  lasGng   impression  on  her • High-­‐level  of  knowledge  content  directly  from   the  researchers  themselves,  and  procedural   knowledge  to  understand  and  apply  it • A  connecGon  to  a  passionate  community  from   all  parts  of  the  worldThursday, November 3, 2011
  • 7. She  was  also  graGfied  to  find that  aside  from  learning  many  new  things,   she  was  validated  in  some  of  her  own   experienGal  beliefs.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 8. • Jeff  Howard’s  research  on  the  Get  Smart  School   confirmed  exisGng  beliefs  that  good  instrucGon  is  key  to   student  learning. • Ron  Ferguson’s  research  about  teacher  appraisals  armed   Davis  with  data  and  facts  to  further  support  her  staff   evaluaGons.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 9. The  knowledge  content,   pedagogical  methods,  passion,   commitment  and  integrity stayed  with  Ms.  Davis  long  aRer  she   returned  to  Longview  ISD.  ARer  being   promoted  to  Director  of  the  InternaGonal   Baccalaureate  -­‐  GiRed  &  Talented  Program,   the  quesGon  of  how  to  apply  it  all  sGll   lingered.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 10. One  day,  while  driving  home  from   her  grandchildren’s  house* *  isn’t  this  how  these  epiphanic   moments  always  happen?Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 11. She  was  driving  past  the  LeTourneau   University  campus,  up  the  liAle  hill   between  Quitman  and  Harmony* *  which  are  really  just  street  names,  but  are  too   laden  with  meaning  not  to  menGon.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 12. When  she  found  herself  wondering   why  she  had  never  been  pushed   before  now   to  idenGfy  her  own  leadership  skills   and  engage  in  reflecGve  learning.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 13. The  next  day  she  told  her  boss  she   wanted  to  start  thinking  about  creaGng   a  youth  conference  based  on  her   experiences  at  Harvard. And  her  boss  said,  why  start  to  think?  Why   not  start  creaGng  it  right  now?Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 14. So  she  did.    Margaret  contacted  a   professor  at  LeTourneau  University who  put  her  in  touch  with  the  Vice  President,  who  connected  her  with  the Director  of  Conferences  and  Events.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 15. And  they  started  brainstorming. Things  progressed  from  there.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 16. The  first  year  550  students  aAended  the  conference.   The  next  year  there  were  900. The  third  year  they  scaled  back  because  they   found  it  worked  beAer  with  smaller  groups.   Live  and  learn.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 17. The  goal  of  the  conference  was  to   help  students  idenGfy  their   leadership  skills  and  strengths and  develop  a  more  global,  more   empatheGc  perspecGve.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 18. In  creaGng  the  conference,   Margaret  stuck  closely  to  what   she  learned  at  Harvard. In  fact,  she  used  many  of  the  same  acGviGes  and  formats.  For  instance,  the  weekly   New  York  Times  column  The  Ethicist  was   used  as  a  launching  pad  for  lessons  on  ethics.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 19. She  incorporated  aspects  of  the  IB/ GT  program  into  her  conference. From  the  10  core  characterisGcs  of  the  IB   program,  they  focused  on  2:  The  ability  to   think  like  an  entrepreneur  or  risk-­‐taker,  and   the  strength  of  character  always  to  be   guided  by  strong  ethical  principles.* *This  was  just  aRer  the  Bernie  Madoff  scandal,   so  it  seemed  well-­‐Gmed.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 20. The  conference   was  a  success. • It  changed  the  percepGon  of  a  predominantly  minority  and   low-­‐income  district. • It  showed  students  from  disadvantaged  backgrounds  their   potenGal  to  become  leaders. • It  fostered  a  community  spirit  by  convening  all  schools  in  the   district,  allowing  students  and  teachers  from  different  areas   to  connect.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 21. Because  of  the  conference’s   emphasis  on  caring Longview  ISD  Cares  raised  more  than  $10,000   to  fund  programs  for  people  in  need  on  a  local,   naGonal,  and  global  level.Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 22. Funded  programs  included: • A  weekend  backpack  food  program  that  had  recently   lost  funding,  and  which  helped  feed  150  hungry  local   kids • The  Trevor  Romain  FoundaGon,  which  provides  grief   and  stress  counseling  for  military  children  whose   parents  have  been  deployed • Shelters  in  Afghanistan,  where  millions  of  children   freeze  to  death  every  winter  for  lack  of  adequate   shelterThursday, November 3, 2011
  • 23. Looking  back  on  how  the  program   changed  the  outlook  of  her  students,   Margaret  says: “Learning  to  reflect  not  only  benefits  the  individual,  it   benefits  the  world…  When  you  are  busy,  it  is  easy  not  to   step  back  and  think  about  what  you  are  doing  and  how   best  to  use  your  Gme  and  talents.  But  it’s  important  to   take  the  Gme  to  step  back,  reflect  and  set  prioriGes.”Thursday, November 3, 2011
  • 24. In  Margaret’s  view,  the  ideal  candidate  for   the  RYHT  Leadership  Program  should  have: • The  ability  to  think  outside  the   box,  take  risks,  and  look  for   something  different  instead  of   the  same  old  answers • A  passionate  dedicaGon  to   children • The  characterisGcs  of  the   leaders  she  met  at  Harvard  -­‐   caring,  reflecGve,  open  to  new   ideas,  fully  commiAed,  and   involvedThursday, November 3, 2011
  • 25. The  2012  RYHT  Leadership  Program applicaGons  are  available! Be  sure  to  visit  our  site,  www.raiseyourhandtexas.org,   and  Apply  NOW!Thursday, November 3, 2011