Kaya Henderson on Leading DC Schools

August 4, 2011  |  

(Afr0) — After nearly eight months in office and a unanimous confirmation by the D.C. Council, Kaya Henderson is set to serve as the second chancellor since public schools control was turned over to the mayor in 2007.  Henderson’s vision for D.C. Public School (DCPS) is pretty straightforward: A better school requires all hands on deck. “The school system doesn’t belong to me or my staff,” she said. “We need everyone in the community – from our neighbors and parents – everyone in the community to help us meet the mission.”  Ensuring teachers are plugged into the community and having a highly effective teacher in every class in DCPS has been her goal, she said. “We see parents rally around schools for beautification day and enrollment drives and making sure that we have the system set up to allow this kind of support and interaction to happen is my vision for D.C. schools,” the New York native said.

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