When the Gresham-Barlow (OR) School District (GBSD) hired Dr. A. Katrise Perera as the superintendent in July of 2017, she set out to listen and learn from students, parents, staff, and community members how to best serve our students. Her charge to me was to do the same when she brought me on last summer as executive director of innovation and partnerships. Well aware that initiative overload is common in education, I didn’t rush to implement new programs. Rather, my focus has been to identify the innovative programs and initiatives already underway that I could support, expand, and help replicate...

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  • About the Author:

    Carla Gay is executive director of innovation and partnerships at Gresham-Barlow School District in Oregon. Previously, she was an administrator, teacher, and school social worker focused on student engagement, dropout reengagement, and college and career readiness. Connect with Gay on Twitter @carlagay12 or via email at gay@gresham.k12.or.us.