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At the heart of transformational leadership is a commitment to create schools that are healthy, dynamic places where every member learns and leads and makes a difference. Transformational leadership begins with the fundamental question “What shall we create together?” It builds on the power of collective will, collaborative culture, and continuous improvement to make the classroom, the community, and the world a better place.

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Promising Start for New School Year October 28, 2018

We moved into the 2018-19 school year with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. Our work is expanding much faster than we anticipated, and we are so delighted with new and returning partners and their passionate commitment to transformation. Linda returned to School of Nations in Brasilia this summer… Read more

Linda Henke

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This story is so remarkable that it would leave me skeptical if I had not seen it with my own eyes. I visit many schools, but rarely do I leave as inspired as I was after spending time with the Maplewood Richmond Heights district. To lift education in this country we need more than new mandates and assessments: we need models of what great schools can be.
—Ron Berger, Chief Academic Officer, Expeditionary Learning National Organization and author of Ethic of Excellence Read more

When I met Linda Henke in Clayton School District in the late 90’s, I immediately knew that I was in the company of an exceptional person. So when she told me that she was going to Maplewood Richmond Heights District just outside of St. Louis, I was thrilled.
—Linda Lambert, author of Building Leadership Capacity and Constructivist Leader, consultant, professor emeritus, California State University, East Bay Read more

The story of MRH is a great one–an urban school with all the attendant problems was transformed into an innovative environment where students and teachers were actively involved in learning and improving their community. Linda Henke and her team prove what courage and skillful leadership can accomplish.

—Peter Senge, professor MIT, author of The Fifth Discipline, founder of SOL ED Read more

Announcements

Zach Taylor Joins Center as Director of Santa Fe Programming October 28, 2018

  Zach joins the Center this month as Director of Santa Fe Programming after serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Fe Community College and the Program Director for The MASTERS Program High School.  His immediate focus will be on working with two Santa Fe schools in a three-year transformation… Read more

From the Blog

The State of Education and the State of New Mexico April 27, 2018

The following paper suggesting a way forward for education in New Mexico was written by Linda Henke, Director of the Santa Fe Center, and Alan Webber, recently elected mayor of Santa Fe.

Education is at least two things at the same time. It is one of the most critical determinants of how each of us does in life. Read more

Linda Henke