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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When Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley took the reins of University City School District in 2016, she knew that she was in for a challenge.  The district had languished for years, and thestate score card in 2016 showed it barely hanging onto accreditation. Hardin-Bartley recognized a dramatic change was in order if… 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


Teaching the Way Students Learn Best March 25, 2020

Teaching the Way Students Learn Best We have added a new report in our Resource section  from the Learning Policy Institute entitled Teaching the Way Students Learn Best. This case study of Bronxdale High School in New York was written to illustrate what a successful school serving diverse learners looks… Read more

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Support in Challenging Times for Educators March 24, 2020

Dear Fellow Educators, We, at the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership want each of you to know that we are thinking of you during this challenging and turbulent moment.  We know that you have the daunting task of working to transition to an online learning model, all the while… Read more

Zach Taylor