As a founding school leader, I have learned that having a great vision and mission for our school is not enough. Through working with Scott Hudnor, BRES, I have been able to pinpoint the systems that will get our students and staff closer to that vision. After identifying the systems, we worked together to create detailed criteria for achieving excellence within each system. This allowed me to plan more intentionally the way in which I will communicate with and support my staff in the implementation of these systems. I have a peace of mind knowing that I have indicators that I can study to determine whether we are on track or need to adjust course in order to meet our mission, which is to prepare our students to succeed in college.

Esmeralda CardosoFisher Fellow and Founding School Leader, KIPP Destiny Middle School