Stone Oak principal selected for Harvard seminar

Stone Oak Elementary’s Terri Chidgey was among 100 Texas principals chosen to attend a summer seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The weeklong seminar offers lectures by the world’s foremost education and leadership experts, as well as an opportunity to meet principals from throughout the United States.
 
The education coalition Raise Your Hand Texas sponsored the principals’ trips to Harvard, at a cost of roughly $750,000.  Raise Your Hand initially received more than 400 applicants from across the state.  The 100 chosen to attend were selected because of the locations of their schools.  Seeking the best geographical representation, Raise Your Hand strived to send teachers from a mix of elementary, middle and high schools from rural, urban and suburban districts.  Those attending the seminars represented 70 communities throughout Texas.
 
Raise Your Hand is a grassroots, bipartisan group of business and community leaders, parents and taxpayers striving to improve public education in Texas. Formed in February of 2007, the coalition seeks to celebrate outstanding work by Texas teachers, administrators and students, defend public schools against unfair or inaccurate criticism and strengthen the education system through additional resources.  Local board members include NEISD Board Member Beth Plummer, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt and Frost Bank Chairman and CEO Richard Evans.
 
Principal Chidgey attended the first of four seminars held at Harvard this summer.  Titled “Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership,” the June 28-July 3 conference provided strategies for balancing a principal’s role as an instructional leader with the many other demands of the job.  To read Chidgey’s blog about the Harvard seminar visit:
http://ryht.blogspot.com/2008/07/terri-chidgey-intellectual-opportunity.html.
 
Chidgey was one of three NEISD principals selected to attend.  Driscoll Middle School Principal Michael Cardona and Huebner Elementary School Principal Terry Neumann also participated.