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Moving Beyond Words: GLISI’s Resolve and Commitment to Eradicating Racial Injustice Endures

June 5, 2020

To our partners and friends, If your inbox looks like mine, it’s flooded with statements of outrage and commitments to racial justice. I hope you read them—many have been exquisitely crafted and thoughtfully researched. It has been an emotionally draining two weeks as an American, as a person of color, as mother of a Black…

Trade in Your Cowboy Hat for a Pit Crew Helmet

September 4, 2019

It isn’t difficult to find work cultures that prioritize independence. In those environments, the cowboys—those daring, courageous, self-sufficient leaders who single-handedly solve problems—are the picture of a good leader. But in his TED Talk “How Do We Heal Medicine,” Atul Gawande argues that a cowboy mindset is no longer effective in today’s workplace. While independence…

Meet Our New VP – Aaryn Schmuhl

February 21, 2019

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. A: I have nearly 20 years of experience in education. I have served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal, and district office leader. I believe that it is a leader’s job to remove barriers, but also to imagine and define a new way of being in…

6 Tips for District Leaders to Keep (and Grow) Great Principals

November 22, 2017

April 12, 2017 – We are willing to wager that behind each of the 74 schools that successfully moved off the Priority or Focus lists in Georgia yesterday, you will find a strong principal and leadership team. Those leaders inspire students and teachers to strive toward higher performance, create a nurturing culture, and help teachers…