Members in the News: "Five Lessons From an Outgoing School Chancellor"
Members in the News: "Five Lessons From an Outgoing School Chancellor"Kaya Henderson, College Board Trustee
After six years as chancellor of the public schools of the District of Columbia, College Board Trustee Kaya Henderson shared five lessons learned on Education Week.
I have spent the last six years as the chancellor of the public schools of the District of Columbia and the last decade working for the school district. For 20 years, I have been focused on improving educational outcomes for students in the nation’s capital. As I conclude my time as a district leader, I see enormous promise in the future of education, and I am very optimistic about what we can do to help students in traditional school districts.
During my time at the school system, we showed it is possible to make dramatic improvements in only a few years. We improved student performance, increased enrollment, increased student satisfaction, expanded our graduation rate, and improved college access for all students. This success didn’t come easily, but the lessons we learned can be applied to any other school district. In fact, they must be, because we owe it to the more than 90 percent of students in this country who attend public schools to create great opportunities for a bright future.
Read the rest of Henderson's reflection on Education Week.