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Two NEISD principals headed to Harvard Leadership Institute

Brenda Shelton

Brenda Shelton,
Reagan High School

Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit advocacy organization working to support and strengthen public education, is sponsoring eight principals from six Greater San Antonio area school districts to participate in a summer program at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Out of the eight, two principals are from North East ISD - Brenda Shelton, principal at Reagan High School, and Steve Zimmeraman, principal at Driscoll Middle School. More than 80 principals were selected from across the state, out of nearly 200 who applied.

With this year’s group, Raise Your Hand Texas will have sponsored around 700 principals to attend Harvard in the seven years of the program. Raise Your Hand covers all expenses for those selected, including program fees, travel, hotel and other discretionary funding – about $6,000 per attendee, for a total of almost $500,000 in sponsorships for 2014, and $4.2 million since the program’s inception.


Steve Zimmerman
Driscoll MS

“A great principal can drive swift, meaningful results on a school campus through strategic instructional leadership, operational management, and community relations,” said Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas. “Raise Your Hand Texas invests in principals through the REEP program to help accomplished educators transform into more effective CEOs of their schools.”

Participants of the Harvard Institutes engage in training and workshops led by national and international experts in the fields of education and leadership and networking with other campus leaders.

Applicants can choose from one of three learning tracks:

  • Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness
  • Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership
  • Leadership: An Evolving Vision

Each Institute lasts for 5-7 days, between June 22, 2014 and July 13, 2014. Congratulations to the NEISD principals selected to take on the great learning opportunity.

Posted on May 21, 2014