Our leaders are a community of change agents. As a part of this community - whether you are a first year Ryan Fellow in the field, or an experienced Accelerator principal transforming your school - you share in our collective successes and challenges.
Hannah Lofthus believes all children are capable of meeting high academic expectations when they are in the right educational environment. Her commitment to offering students and families in her community an excellent education on par with the best schools nationwide earned her national recognition when she received the Ryan Award in 2016.
Rather than isolating, school leaders have a moral obligation to intentionally create, foster, and consistently reinforce a culturally responsive environment that ensures ALL stakeholders feel safe, valued, challenged, and changed for the better.
Without transformational leaders, high need schools struggle to retain teachers. Erin talks about her own experience teaching and the qualities leaders should have to improve teacher retention - the "building blocks" of transformational leaders.