Emerging Leader | Priming student success

04.30.14 | 1 Comment

PDK Emerging Leader Natalie A. Morales, combines high standards and students’ native curiosity in one of the most important challenges in American education these days — getting and keeping kids interested in science.

It’s the consensus opinion — almost received wisdom —  that the prospects of so many students ... Read More

Emerging Leader | Data driven student achievement

03.24.14 | 1 Comment


LaTricea Adams is  assessment   and data specialist, and NAEP coordinator at César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Washington, D.C. Here, she answered a few questions about all things education for Kappan.


You have designed curriculum and assessments for the Common Core. From those ... Read More

Leading the way for school leaders

02.24.14 | 0 Comments


Rebecca Cheung is academic coordinator of the Principal Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. Before that she was a middle-school principal, an elementary school principal, and a classroom teacher.

You attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. What did you learn there that ... Read More

Dedication and hard work yield literacy progress

01.27.14 | 2 Comments

Ashley Parker is a PDK Emerging leader (2012-13) and a literacy expert who teaches literacy coaches. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Mississippi is known for presenting tough challenges to educators, but through the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction you witnessed some real successes ... Read More

PDK Emerging Leader heads back to school

11.25.13 | 0 Comments |

Steven Weber has been a teacher, a state education official, and a school district central office administrator. Now, having developed a broader perspective on education policy and government, he’s back in school as a principal of Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, N.C. Here he talks about how his experience has shaped ... Read More

Meeting students where they are is the best way to move them forward

10.23.13 | 0 Comments

Meet 2012-13 PDK Emerging Leader Crystal Timmons, who has answered a few questions about her work, service and outlook for continuing to be a Change Agent in education.

You focus on preparing preservice teachers for learning environments in urban schools. What are the two or three important lessons you impart ... Read More

In pursuit of her calling

10.02.13 | 0 Comments |

By Mollie Miller

I first found out about the FEA when I was a freshman in high school. My older sister was involved with the school’s FEA chapter as well as president of the FEA’s state board. In my sophomore year I joined the school’s chapter. My first experience — around ... Read More

Advice for Women Leaders from a Former Principal

09.03.13 | 0 Comments

By Melissa Nixon

When I started on the path of school leadership with the goal of becoming a school principal, I took all the required classes, read all the “right” books, and listened to experts in the field. I wanted to make sure I had all the necessary tools to ... Read More

The 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll on Public Schools

08.21.13 | 1 Comment

What are the five most important findings in the 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools? As co-director of the poll, let me offer my top five.

1. Common Core State Standards are a mystery. Almost two of three Americans have never heard of the Common ... Read More

Building a Rich Literacy Environment for Children; The Role of Literacy Specialists

07.08.13 | 2 Comments

In this “Change Agents” post, we speak with Ashley Parker– a PDK Emerging Leader and a literacy specialist. She explains how she is helping schools hone their methods for teaching students how to read and write.

PDK: Can you share an example of how a literacy specialist, such as yourself, ... Read More