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Transformative Principal is 

Jan 17, 2021

Michelle Mann has been in higher education for over 20 years. She focuses her work on working with disadvantaged students, especially students who have dropped out of high school. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is also a former police officer.

  • A problem at home becomes a problem in the community.
  • They were just trying to figure it out.
  • Jennifer Morse-Roebuck Parents or Prisons
  • Prison becomes the parent.
  • Power of home visits.
  • Being there with them means a lot.
  • They’re just trying to survive.
  • Letting someone know you’re on the same team makes a big difference.
  • Letting them know that you care.
  • Empathy is empathizing with their current conditions, and not looking down on them.
  • Wherever they are, respecting that.
  • In order to get someone where they need to be you need to meet them where they are.
  • I may not have the same experience, but I can validate your experience.
  • Gather some wisdom and knowledge from anyone.
  • Kids don’t understand their leadership potential or how to be a leader.
  • They’re influencing someone, somewhere.
  • What do they see, what do you see?
  • What do you want them to see?
  • Focus on the person.
  • Vocational Education Center - All of my kids were kicked out of school: drug, sex, or weapons.
  • We never know a person’s potential.
  • They just need an opportunity to see the light.
  • How to be a transformative principal? It’s a process. Trust the process. Walk in the process. Walk in authority. There may be some detours.



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