Leaders in education refine their voices to build inclusive, equitable schools
While working as a teacher near where she grew up, Bronx native Rachel Phillips knew she needed to do more to address the glaring systemic inequities she saw in the school system. To gain new leadership skills, she chose to go back to school to earn her master’s of science in education in leadership in mathematics education at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. After graduating in 2021, she took those new leadership skills and her experience working in the New York City school system to the state of Rhode Island, where she is now an assistant principal at a Providence School District elementary school.
“Going back to school was the most profound learning experience I’ve ever had. It helped me to reflect on my own role as an educator and as a human being. It gave me hope and a strong belief in myself — that I have the tools to actually make a difference,” Phillips said. “The sense of support and community at Bank Street modeled what I needed to do as a leader. We would bring a problem of practice from our school and give each other feedback on how we could improve. This feedback was always in the form of a conversation. We pushed each other’s thinking, especially about cultural responsiveness. Even when there were moments of uncomfortability in learning, I was never embarrassed but rather motivated to become a better educator and grow as a person.”
Research shows high-quality school leadership is second only to classroom instruction in the success of student learning, and school leaders have an important effect on creating and sustaining a positive school culture. To help increase the number of well-prepared, culturally responsive school leaders, Bank Street is expanding online access to its programs so experienced prekindergarten through 12th-grade educators across all 50 states can have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership.
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