Great Leaders = Great Schools

Great Leaders = Great Schools

Dana Vignale of the Charter Support Unit is thrilled to bring to you Great Leaders = Great Schools, the ultimate formula for success . Based on Jim Collins’ theory that Level 5 Leaders build and transform enterprises that outperform all others, her goal is to bring to you their insight and inspiration.


September 26, 2023 37 mins

" We often assume that the size of the solution has to match the size of the problem, and that's not true. Sometimes very small changes can have cascading effects in a complex environment. And suddenly so many things that look like they are larger and more intransigent and more nebulous suddenly fall into place." -- Doug Lemov Dana Vignale hosts Doug Lemov on this very special episode of Great Leaders = Great Schools...

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"Don't lower your expectations depending on where you're serving or who you're serving. Your results can yield just as high expectations as if you were serving students in a Title I school or serving students in West Pembroke Pines." -- Dr. Daniel Sandberg

Dr. Daniel Sandberg is the Superintendent for Franklin Academy Charter Schools, a premier network of seven charter schools serving almost 9,000 student...

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" If it is about students first, then I know that we're on the right track. And so for me, I think it's trust your gut." -- Ms. Sherry Watts

Ms. Sherry Watts is the very proud principal at Minneola Charter School, a neighborhood on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida. Founded in 2004 as a conversion charter school, Minneola Charter School now serves 1,750 students from Pre-kindergarten to 8th Grade.

What is he...

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Carlos Gonzalez is the founding principal and now Director of Schools of HIVE Preparatory, where the mission is to create a Highly Inquisitive Versatile Education that will facilitate a student-centered, adaptable learning environment.

Opened in 2009 with 132 students in grades K-5, HIVE has now grown to  841 in grades K-8. Serving  students who are 94% minority and 73% on Free and Reduced Lunch,  HIVE has impressively earned an A...

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"They're my babies and I am their champion, and I'm their biggest cheerleader. And I just wanna find other cheerleaders for them." -- Dr. Tamara Moodie

Dr. Tamara Moodie is the founding principal and executive director who saw a need to provide the highest-quality education and social services to families of children with Autism regardless of income level. What is her secret to success? be a champion; be a cheerle...

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Downtown Doral Charter Elementary Schools and Upper School are two of the most sought after schools in South Florida and two of the highest performing in the entire state. Serving almost 2700 students in PK3- Grade 12. DDCS offers fully bi-lingual programs in Spanish, French or Portuguese. Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg is the founding head of school who brought a developers dream to a reality. What's the secret to her success? Put...

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