Category Archives: Leadership

Dr. Pruitt in Kentucky adopts TV Frasier’s, “I’m Listening”

Education Town Hall with Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt at KEDC in Ashland during his eleven schools tour: “How does Kentucky define school success?  “This listening tour will be an opportunity for all education shareholders to provide input to the Kentucky Department … Continue reading

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Changing the Gavel at Kentucky PTA

The changing of the gavel between presidents can often evoke ambivalent feelings.  Saying goodbye to President Teri Gale in this role and appreciating her accomplishments while graciously greeting the new leadership of President-Elect Eddie Squires, represents that ambivalence.   This … Continue reading

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Otha Thornton, Newly Installed President of National PTA

Otha Thornton, the newly installed president of National PTA (NPTA) – the oldest child advocacy group in our country – is a senior operations analyst with General Dynamics in Fort Stewart, Georgia. He is a retired United States Army Lieutenant … Continue reading

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Emerging Minority Leadership

The Emerging Minority Leaders (EML) Conference encourages the development of new PTA leaders who can succeed in building bridges to ethnically diverse families to engage with PTA. This conference is the premier family engagement program for training ethnically diverse leaders … Continue reading

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Safer Schools with ED and PTA

     Safety of our children has always been important, but due to recent catastrophic events involving schools, increasing safety has taken on new meaning and has become a higher priority at most levels.  Noticeably, many elementary schools are installing security … Continue reading

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Black Leaders Share Agenda with President Obama

During President Obama’s administration, many critics have accused Black Leaders of not stepping up to the plate in sharing major concerns of the black community with the president because he was a person of color. I appreciate Dr. Boyce Watkin’s … Continue reading

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Advocacy – A Serious Series of Fortunate Events

     Advocacy is “a political process by an individual or a large group which normally aims to influence public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions; it may be motivated from moral, ethical or faith … Continue reading

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Working in Kentucky- Leadership Training

  This summer I bought a very good book on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and a workbook by Sean Covey.  Later, I discovered that at our school, Russell McDowell Intermediate, our principal, Mrs. Heather Aldrich, had already … Continue reading

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