An educational leader promotes the success of all students by understanding the profile of the community and responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Reflection

Educational leadership has the responsibility to develop a deep understanding of their demographics beyond race and socioeconomic in order to ensure supports and accommodations are in place to allow equal access to education. Systems thinking has instilled the knowledge needed to both appreciate and understand the relationships between federal, state, and local systems that impact our learning organizations. Utilizing learning cycles, we can systematically remove barriers to ensure equity for all by advocating and collaborating with decision-makers to improve teaching and learning.

Principal Financial Group Women's IT Blog - Response

Spring 2017
a. Collaborates with service providers and other decision-makers to improve teaching and learning.

Collaboration with community business partners is vital to the transformation of our career and technical education programs. After providing an entry for Principal Financial Group Women's IT blog I received a response from Patti Kliegl, Assistance Vice President and CIO, extending an opportunity to collaborate with our HyperStream Programming Club. Patti later joined the Summit “Girls Tech Hackout Team” for a lunch and demonstration of what they have learned in programming from Google’s CS First program. Patti shared her pathway to the workforce, as well as alternative options in hopes of promoting their continued learning in the field of informational technology (IT).

Principal Financial Group Women's IT Blog - Article

Spring 2017
b. Advocates for the welfare of all members of the learning community.

Upon request, I wrote a blog post for the Principal Financial Group Women's IT blog with the focus on the question: Why do you think fewer girls and women are pursuing careers in technology? I advocated for the awareness of micro inequities that contribute to the current demographic divide of gender in information technology (IT) related career fields as well as the self-fulfilling element. I continued addressing the issue by sharing what Summit Middle School is doing to help reverse this trend.

Senator Outreach (Advocacy)

ASCD Advocacy Workshop, Spring 2017
b. Advocates for the welfare of all members of the learning community.

I reached out to Senator Brad Zaun to advocate for the computer science initiative that would provide a curriculum coordinator at the state level with the Department of Education. Senator Brad Zaun replied with kind remarks but was unable to meet with myself for the ASCD Advocacy Workshop or with my STEM students on STEM Day at the Capitol.

School to Work Recruitment Strategy

Spring 2016
c. Designs and implements appropriate strategies to reach desired goals.

The School-To-Work Opportunities Act passed in 1994 with the purpose of providing school-to-careers program for the labor industry. The currently reality of the School to Work program at Dallas Center-Grimes High School has moved away from the original intent to serve the more privileged population of college-bound students. With an understanding that the program can serve both populations, I developed a systematic strategy to establish new relationships with the local labor workforce and collaborate with the at-risk personnel to establish a pathway of success for all students.

School to Work Recruitment Strategy

Dallas Center - Grimes Grading Standards Committee

Spring 2016
b. Advocates for the welfare of all members of the learning community.

Prior to the 2016-17 school year, Dallas Center-Grimes had a grading scale that was screwed in comparison to the surrounding district, where, for example, a 90 - 93% was a B+ instead of an A-. The rationale for many years was that we held students to higher standards; the reality was damaging the GPA of our students. Parents and staff request a committee be created to examine best practices; the attached document is the result of their recommendations that are now enacted.

School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC)

Fall 2015
a. Collaborates with service providers and other decision-makers to improve teaching and learning.

I provided three years of service to the Dallas Center – Grimes School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC). By collaborating with parents, staff, and administration we addressed a wide variety of topics and issues to improve teaching and learning.