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Yesterday I spoke to 50+ superintendents from around the country, all dedicated to innovation and seeing the pandemic as a window of opportunity. We used the time together to reflect on our own leadership the last two years. I learned a lot! We talked about what we would do differently moving forward. We talked about what we were going to stop doing. I’m going to stop wearing high heels, y’all. Talk about a design fail. They may get better, but they never get good. The supers rolled with my cowboy boots.

As I was crafting the speech, I was able to reflect on the conversations so many of our superintendents and presidents have had with me about leadership and how to connect leadership of the self, leadership of the organization, and leadership of society. You all have taught me day in and day out how to manage change and lead from the heart with students at the center of our collective work. I am so very thankful.

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Mebane Rash

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC.

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