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SEEing to Lead

Feb 14, 2022

Santos Gonzalez has spent the last 25 years working as a teacher and administrator at several schools in South San Diego. For Santos, education was a pathway out of poverty.  She grew up understanding that education held the promise of opportunity and choices.  She has spent her entire career making sure that her work delivers on that promise for every child she serves. She is now serving as a Leadership Coach with the L.A.E.P organization providing, coaching and professional learning opportunities to district, site, and teacher leaders at no cost to participants. Her work focuses on equity and meeting the needs of the whole child.

Key Takeaways:

  • Achievement gap verse opportunity gap.
  • Equity is only achieved by serving the whole child.
  • Culturally responsive practices and social emotional learning contain instructional strategies to close the opportunity gap.
  • Teachers are affected by trauma much like students.
  • Leaders need to practice vulnerability to be authentic.
  • Hire instructional coaches to do the work you can't get to.
  • Leadership is never about you. It's not personal, it's about getting the job done the best way possible with the best person possible.
  • Build capacity by having a compelling vision



Coaching Website:

LinkedIn: Santos Gonzalez-Verardo

Facebook: Santos Gonzalez-Verardo

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