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Fueling the fire for today’s education leaders

By: Caroline Wynne Date: March 18, 2015

EdWeek Leaders to Learn From

Education Week annually shines a spotlight on some of the nation’s most outstanding education leaders in its Leaders to Learn From report.

This year they profiled 16 exceptional district-level leaders who are tackling some of the most pressing challenges in K-12 education. These stories are packed with ideas and strategies that are yielding strong results, all of which can be adapted and put to successful use in other school systems.

While some of the highlighted leaders have earned renown as superintendents of high-profile districts, many others have achieved great success outside the public eye. We agree with the report’s authors that highlighting strong leadership – in districts large and small – can energize fellow educators and these stories provide an engaging way for others to learn and be inspired.

In school districts across the country, education leaders are using innovative strategies to improve curriculum and instruction, address management challenges, stretch resources, engage parents and communities, utilize new technologies effectively, and create optimal learning environments that prepare all students for success beyond their K-12 years.

One example is how Josh Garcia is spearheading the Tacoma, Wash., district’s shift to an accountability system that examines more than test scores.He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From for his innovative whole-child metrics approach as it applies to measuring performance.

Photo courtesy of Education Week, Leaders To Learn From 2015

Photo courtesy of Education Week, Leaders To Learn From 2015

We encourage you to read more about how Garcia is helping pioneer expansive measures of school success.

Moving south, in rural Murray County, Ga., Superintendent Vickie Reed is recognized as a 2015 Leader to Learn From who relies on meaningful student input to help inform district decision-making. She also uses the Georgia Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness System, built in partnership with Truenorthlogic, to assist in the professional growth and development of the district’s educators, while increasing their ability to make an impact on student learning.

Photo courtesy of Education Week, Leaders To Learn From 2015

Photo courtesy of Education Week, Leaders To Learn From 2015

Read more of her story on her views on teachers and policy in her district.

Congratulations to each educator recognized this year by Education Week. See how districts across the country are successfully managing and enhancing the professional growth of their educators with the Truenorthlogic Talent Management System, and be sure to check out all the in-depth profiles featured in this year’s Leaders to Learn From.