TED Talk of the Week – Linda Cliatt-Wayman – How to Fix a Broken School
Each week, I will pick a TED talk to share with PLSD. This talk could be about teaching and learning or about technology or about leadership or just something fun. TED is a world of spreading ideas and thinking outside of the box. TED is a world that there is no right or wrong, only what if. TED opens the door for innovation, creativity and the future.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.