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SEEing to Lead

Nov 1, 2021

Craig Martin is an award-winning teacher and principal, and frequent speaker on leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive pedagogy & practice, and culturally responsive teaching.

He serves as the Executive Director of Bridge Boston Charter School in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.

Craig was named the 2018 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals and 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association. In 2009, Boston Public Schools awarded Craig the Educator of the Year award.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Dillard University in his native New Orleans, Louisiana, and his Master of Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Key Takeaways:

  • It's important to live in your cause
  • Create bold spaces so people can be their authentic selves
  • Identities matter
  • Adults often need the same things our students do to create a positive working environment
  • Highlight the common connection around educating children that you share with your teachers
  • Make sure the connections between the why of your staff and leaders is very clear
  • Having tough conversations is about vantage point and the history that everybody brings with them to the situation
  • People need to be developed so that they can move beyond their current status, location, and situation
  • Be aware that dissent often comes from a feeling of vulnerability around a person's proficiency in a certain skill
  • Tolerance says I'm aware of your existence and keeps you in the same ecosystem. Acceptance says I may not agree with everything but you are, but I accept you for your whole self, your added value, and I am curious to learn.

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