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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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


Welcome Lynne McMahan to Center November 2, 2020

  Lynne was a blessing just it time.  With Covid-19 forcing us to stop our face-to-face consulting efforts Zach, Linda and Vicki quickly turned to  on-line technology. We found Lynne!  As our online platform designer and leadership coach for one of our Santa Fe schools, she is the newest member… Read more

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Transformation in Pandemic Times: From Overwhelming to Energizing December 17, 2020

In our Transformational Leadership work with schools, we see a variety of challenges that schools are facing in virtual learning, teaching, and leading. Virtual and hybrid models are in flux and school leaders are struggling to stay on top of a myriad of potential issues. Through all of this, two… Read more

Zach Taylor