MSLAEvery day, school leaders across the Houston area face the same challenge: What can they do to ensure that every student and adult in the building is getting better every day? The universality of this question – its relevance equal in the highest- and lowest-performing schools, in schools serving students at every socioeconomic level, in schools whose faculty and staff vary widely in terms of experience and preparation – makes programs like Houston A+ Challenge’s Middle School Leadership Academy (MSLA) all the more critical to Houston public education. MSLA, which this month kicked off its third year, convenes middle school leaders from all over Houston to develop their vision and practice.  This year, 17 schools from six districts (including two charter organizations) are participating in the training. During each of this year’s five MSLA sessions, school leaders will have opportunities to tackle big-picture questions in five major areas: clarifying school vision, great practice in the classroom, effective teaching in literacy and numeracy, and integrating college & career themes into school culture.  Between sessions, smaller cohorts meet in each district, to put the learning into practice. Beginning this year, up to five members of each school’s leadership team join the principal at each session.  With MSLA resources, strategies and responsibilities shared among the principal, assistant principals, curriculum specialists and lead teachers at a campus, school leadership and change management can be smoother, more collaborative, and more lasting. When leaders of high-performing magnets work alongside teams from neighborhood schools serving some of the city’s most high-need students, one thing becomes clear: All schools are challenged to engage staff and families in the change that will improve outcomes for students.  Whether working on curriculum, school culture, family engagement, behavior management or teacher development, strong leadership – made stronger by Middle School Leadership Academy – is the key to turning great ideas into great outcomes.

2013-14 Middle School Leadership Academy Fellows

Principal / School Leader School District
Rosalind Burroughs Budewig Intermediate School Alief ISD
Patricia Cantu Klentzman Intermediate School Alief ISD
John Galaviz Clute Intermediate School Brazosport ISD
Kristi Traylor Freeport Intermediate School Brazosport ISD
Brent Jaco Lake Jackson Intermediate School Brazosport ISD
Edna McMillan Lanier Middle School Brazosport ISD
Robin Pelton Rasco Middle School Brazosport ISD
John De La Cruz Sanchez Charter School Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA)
David Mason Nottingham Middle School Dayton ISD
Rita Gilmore Woodrow Wilson Jr. High Dayton ISD
Deirdre Sharkey Attucks Middle School Houston ISD
Clayton Crook Cullen Middle School Houston ISD
Lindsey Pollock Garden Oaks Elementary Houston ISD
Susan Monaghan Pin Oak Middle School Houston ISD
Beth Bonnette Wilson Montessori School Houston ISD
Diana Castillo Pilgrim Academy Houston ISD
Stephen Appea Southwest Middle School Southwest Schools

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