Treasure Hills Elementary Principal Ginger Armstrong was one of 23 Texas school administrators to receive a grant from Raise Your Hand Texas to attend the Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership seminar at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this past summer.
The grant was given to administrators that display excellent leadership qualities, and have a proven track record for school improvement.
“The overall experience of being awarded the grant and getting to participate in the seminar was truly an honor,” Armstrong said. “ To bring back to Harlingen all of the resources and professional development information we were presented with was amazing.”
The Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership seminar focused on student learning and improving schools in an educational setting, and Armstrong is anxious to begin applying the tactics she has learned to her own campus, she said.
“I am motivated to implement strategies that will directly, and positively impact our students,” Armstrong said. “Our focus with these tactics will be students’ needs, because our children come first and they deserve the best education.”
Prior to being awarded the grant, Armstrong went through a rigorous application process that included a series of reflective essays, a mandatory recommendation and an interview.
“If leadership is an art, then one characteristic of a great leader is a commitment to lifelong learning, and Mrs. Ginger Armstrong is one of those individuals,” said Michelle Everett, director of curriculum and instruction. “I applaud her initiative and celebrate her selection to participate in The Art of Leadership seminar at The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with the assistance of a grant from Raise Your Hand Texas. With leaders committed to personal growth, the students of Texas can receive a world-class education.”
Raise Your Hand Texas is a non-profit, non-partisan public education advocacy organization made up of community and business leaders, taxpayers and concerned citizens that are focused on increasing student achievement in Texas.
Since its start in 2007, Raise Your Hand Texas has invested over $4 million in 550 Texas principals.