[This is a note I just sent to the families of SLA. I present it here – with a more whimsical title that references one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books – to let everyone know what I’ll be up to next school year.]
To the families of Science Leadership Academy,
Science Leadership Academy was founded as a research and development school for the School District. For the past nine years, students and teachers from SLA have worked with hundreds of teachers and principals from the School District and beyond on how to change their practice to be more inquiry-driven and caring educators. Under Dr. Hite’s leadership, the School District of Philadelphia is starting the Innovative Schools Network – a hub for powerful new ideas for schools. As part of this network, dedicated to nurturing new models of education, SLA is well positioned to continue its work as a national leader for creating empowering educational experiences.
Today, Dr. Hite is announcing that my role in the School District of Philadelphia is expanding to oversee the Innovative Schools Network. Beginning August 1, I will serve the students of Philadelphia in a dual capacity – both principal of Science Leadership Academy and Assistant Superintendent of the Innovative Schools Network. And, because there are just so many hours in the day, I am delighted to announce that Aaron Gerwer will join us full-time at SLA as co-principal. Many of you will know Aaron as our principal fellow this past year. It has been a pleasure to see him grow into this new role, and I look forward to partnering with him this coming year.
Working with the students and teachers and families of the Science Leadership Academy continues to be the most rewarding experience of my professional career. The work your children do every day is what inspired the School District of Philadelphia to authorize the foundation of Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber and our upcoming effort, the Science Leadership Academy Middle School.
The work we will now do as part of the Innovative Schools Network is a continuation of the belief in the agency and ability of the students and families of Philadelphia. It is my pleasure to be able to continue to serve as principal of SLA and to now help other school communities serve their students in powerful, modern ways.
Congratulations. Well actually this is probably a better deal for the district and for the students of the district. I can’t wait to see what you are able to accomplish in this new role.
I would love to hear more about your Innovative Achools Network. Will you be attending the National Customized Learning Summit in Bedford Springs next week? Congratulations!
Nope… won’t be there… attending a leadership summit in Philly, and thanks!
Congratulations Chris! What a wonderful, organic, progression. Best wishes for every success. Keep up the great work!
Mazel Tov!! I’m so happy for you buddy! And excited to see how you and the SD grow together.
Much love to you & the family Chris. 🙂
Congratulations, Chris! This is very exciting news – both for you and the students of Philadelphia. Would love to hear more about the work that lies ahead.
Congratulations, Chris. I’m glad you have this amazing opportunity and can’t wait to follow your journey.
I am so happy to hear that your leadership and influence continues to grow and change the system from within. You are one of the educators I most look up to…and we’ve only met in person twice. I hope someday I can work in a school modeled after the values and rock-solid belief in students like SLA schools.
Congratulations on this new chapter, new opportunity, and new challenge. I can’t wait to see how this initiative will change teachers and students lives!