See the Leaders To Learn From in action
Joe Urban, the director of food and nutrition services in Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, is proving that school districts can offer students healthy meal options, while saving money. Since taking over the program, Urban has ensured that cafeteria workers can cook meals from scratch. Student input is solicited on new menu items. Soups and salad bars are available daily, and mouthwatering fare like barbecue ribs and fresh-caught salmon, and even sushi, make regular appearances on the menu.
Nolberto Delgadillo, the chief financial officer in Tulsa Public Schools, has worked to make the complicated calculations behind school spending more transparent. In an unorthodox move, Delgadillo invited the Tulsa community to go through the budget with him to see where the district was spending its resources. He’s also held forums to listen to concerns and get input about possible cuts. That kind of outreach has been instrumental in getting community buy-in in Tulsa, where years of state budget cuts and falling local enrollment have forced the district to make difficult budget decisions.
When he needs to make big decisions for the 11,000-student Cherry Hill, N.J., school district, Superintendent Joseph Meloche turns to a familiar sounding board: the students themselves. In the two years since he took over the district, Meloche has held multiple town halls with middle and high school students, whose feedback helps bring problems to the surface that school leaders don’t see on their own. The students have helped pinpoint solutions, too. “I believe we need to make sure [students’] voices, their opinions, their thoughts are shared and that we actually listen to them,” he says.
Clyde McBride, the director of career and technical education in the Kayenta Unified School District in Kayenta, Ariz., has built a powerhouse pre-veterinary-sciences program that gives Navajo students hands-on experience that propels them to college and prepares them for jobs. Students gain deep knowledge and meaningful opportunities to support their community where many Navajo families depend on livestock as their livelihood. "I don’t want to train kids to leave the reservation," McBride says. "I want to prepare them for careers they can bring back home." This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. More at http://leaders.edweek.org
As the schools superintendent in the City of Jennings, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, Anderson recognized that to improve her students' performance in the classroom, she first had to address their needs outside of the classroom. This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. More at http://leaders.edweek.org.