Welcome to "Inside the Mind of a Principal." My name is Michael Essien. Currently, I am an administrator, leadership coach, and instructional leader responsible for developing Push-In-Service, an innovative strategy highlighted by KQED’s Mind/Shift Podcast. It significantly reduced the suspensions and referrals of African American students and increased instruction time.
"Inside the Mind of a Principal" will explore my experiences as a site leader and leadership coach wrestling with the challenges of changing outcomes for students, parents, teachers, and other school site leaders. I will share insights and strategies that have enabled me to effectively improve outcomes around disproportionality, the opportunity gap, implicit bias, systems of oppression, white supremacy culture, and funding. My personal stories and experiences will embrace laughter and joy, and reveal the struggles and tears from my 21 years in Oakland as a former math and special education teacher (Resource Specialist & Special Day Class) and my seven years as a site administrator in San Francisco. As I share my reflections, your feedback and commentary become important.
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