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Chris Summers

Chris Summers is an Associate Partner with Education Elements. Prior to coming to EE, he was the Director of Curriculum and chief academic officer for a South Texas school district. He has been in education for 23 years, including 5 years in central office, 12 years as a campus principal, and has taught at the elementary and secondary levels. His successful leadership led to him being selected for the Lexington Institute’s LELA Fellowship in 2015 and he was twice chosen to attend the Harvard Leadership Program: National Institute for Urban School Leaders and Improving Schools–The Art of Leadership. He was also selected as a 2013 HEB Excellence in Education State Semi-Finalist Elementary Principal. Chris has worked in urban as well as suburban/rural schools. His work to build a multi-year teacher induction program in West Oso ISD led to the district being one of twelve recognized in the 2016 Texas School Business “Bragging Rights 2016-2017” issue highlighting innovative practices in education. Most of his career has been spent working with low income or Title I campuses and communities. He has a real passion for students and families in this setting and is a champion for equity and excellence in education. He also has great interest in developing educators and empowering educational leaders to be effective instructional leaders for their campus.

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Innovative Leadership  |  Teacher Retention

Recruit and Retain the Best Teachers by Tapping into Teacher Agency

Are you a district or campus leader who struggles to find highly qualified or highly talented teachers? Do you find yourself losing out to other districts when it comes to attracting the best and brightest? Do you have a plan in place to recruit and retain those fantastic teachers who can not only impact student learning but help build the dynamic and innovative culture you desire in your district or on your campus? The National Center for Education Statistics reports 8% of the nearly 3 million teachers in the U.S. leave the profession each year. Additionally, over 41 percent of all new teachers will leave the profession within 5 years. Most alarming, 45 percent of all teacher attrition occurs in just 25 percent of all public schools: high-poverty, high-minority, urban, and rural. While attrition and staff turnover are common among all industries, the rate is noticeably higher in education than in other highly socially respected professions such as lawyers, engineers, architects, and several medical-related fields. Moreover, repeated staff turnover and teacher attrition can negatively affect a wide range of educational practices, including professional development, class assignments and scheduling, curriculum planning, and collaboration. Combined, these factors create a significant amount of disorder to schoolwide operations and potentially reduce student learning across a campus or district.

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Classrooms  |  Innovative Leadership  |  Personalized Learning  |  School Districts

First Steps to Personalize Learning

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Our antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. It’s also failing our teachers. We have more and more students each year struggling to find relevance and connections between what they do in school each day and their future hopes and dreams. Every day, hundreds of thousands of students walk into their school buildings hoping that this day will be the day that school connects with them, is relevant to them, will interest them, will challenge them, will engage them, and will allow their voice to be valued and heard. Sadly, the current structures of most educational systems will not allow for these students to see that day come about.

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