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Three Little Elm ISD principals are going to Harvard University! Not in a traditional sense, but they will be learning from some of the most reputable educators in the country. Bill Bush, AIMS/Goals principal; Christine Gibson, Prestwick STEM principal; and Stephen Richardson, Hackberry Elementary principal will be sponsored by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation for an all-expense-paid trip this summer to receive leadership training through The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. These summer institutes inspire, challenge, and empower both new and seasoned education leaders at the helm of Texas public schools.
Bill Bush has served nearly seven years as the building principal of a campus that services at-risk students through two high school by-choice programs and one 6th-12th grade discipline program. “During the 2018-19 school year, we identified student literacy as a campus improvement goal for the 2019-2020 school year,” said Bush. "As I attend the Harvard leadership training program, I am looking forward to collaborating with other administrators from around the country. It will be very valuable in helping solidify our vision as it pertains to our literacy goals.”
Christine Gibson said she is honored to have the chance to learn with colleagues from near and far for the collective good of the students both at Prestwick and in Little Elm ISD. “My overall goal during this time is to glean as much knowledge from fellow leaders and reflect upon how I can maximize my leadership in order to make Prestwick an exemplary place to learn, develop and grow.”
Stephen Richardson hopes to return to Hackberry to apply research and best practices focused on increasing student engagement, deepening teachers’ understanding of how students learn, and becoming a more skilled developer of teacher talent. “This will help shape the school culture to support learning for all and developing more sophisticated techniques for managing innovation and change.”
One of the core values the District regards highly is expanding opportunities for achievement for both students and staff.
“This is not only an incredible leadership opportunity, but it is also a wonderful networking experience as they will become a member of over 1,300 Raise your Hand Texas Alumni upon completion of the program,” said Daniel Gallagher, superintendent. “I want to thank Bill, Christy, and Stephen for their focus on increasing their leadership capacity.”
Raise Your Hand Texas has sponsored 1,300 school leaders since 2008 to participate in a variety of professional development courses taught in Cambridge, MA by faculty at Harvard.