Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of school districts, both privileged and impoverished. I have worked with a variety of principals, both new and veteran. What I have learned from these diverse experiences is that there is one constant that is critical to success. In order to improve the lives of young students (especially economically disadvantaged students) an investment must be made in people, not programs. There is no magic school improvement silver bullet, but there are effective processes that when led by skilled leaders and teacher teams can seem like magic.
In my role leading teaching and learning over the past 20 years I have focused my work on helping building principals and teacher leaders align purpose with focused action. Practical tools make this happen. Providing leaders with the tools and support they need to get to deep implementation has been my mission. My interest in developing leaders and systems that create change has led me to Creighton University where, as an Assistant Professor for Educational Leadership, I can research the processes for school improvement and the leadership practices that have the greatest impact on student learning.