Arne Duncan announced late last week “more than $20 million for 12 new awards from the Turnaround School Leaders Program, under the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, to prepare leaders of reform efforts in the nation’s lowest-performing schools.

I wish I had the opportunity to introduce him to Gil Rey Madrid. Principal Madrid is the quintessential example of what it takes to lead a school through the worst of times to the best.  A few years back his middle school did not make AYP in math.  In less than two years, he led the school to the highest math performance of any middle school or junior high in his region of Texas.

I encourage you to listen to a little of Mr. Madrid’s philosophy and strategies.



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