Instructional Leadership in Action

Mary Beth Tack

Mary Beth Tack is the director of teaching and learning for Kelso School District. She has been an educator in Kelso for the past 25 years, serving as teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of secondary education. She was the planning facilitator for Kelso's Loowit Alternative High School and is committed to providing high quality educational experiences for all.

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How Kelso School District improved graduation rates with equity

by Mary Beth Tack Feb 14, 2017

Over the past few years, I have noticed something in the principals I work with. As their work has gotten more complex and intense, the question of “Why am I doing this work?“ starts to come up more often.

So, at the end of the last school year, I asked each principal to interview a student they regarded as a main reason as to why they came to work every day and entered the profession. The video clips we got back were inspiring. One principal filmed a student whose family came from Mexico, struggled with English in middle school and became an amazing leader. Another talked to a high-achieving student who was touched to tears to be one of the principal’s main motivations for their work.

As the director of teaching and learning, I had to ask myself: What story do I have to tell? What’s my “why”?

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