Editor’s note: This interview was originally posted on June 19, 2013, two and a half years into Kaya Henderson’s successful tenure as chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. She announced her resignation yesterday, and you’ll read many articles detailing her numerous accomplishments as helmswoman of the city’s school system—and rightly so. Yet she also ought to be honored for the kind of person she is, and this interview does just that.
For this week’s BTCIK, I wanted to celebrate the close of another school year by shining light on a true school leader—someone who’s taught, supported teachers, supported schools, and run schools.
Kaya Henderson District of Columbia Public Schools
So we’re lucky enough to have as a guest Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.
Like so many involved in this work, she is a passionate advocate for the interests of kids in need. But she’s been able to turn that commitment into a number of groundbreaking accomplishments—growing TFA, launching TNTP, crafting and implementing IMPACT, and more.
There’s no doubt that were she to decide to hang up her ed-reform cleats now and apply her talents elsewhere—God forbid!—she’d be a first-ballot Hall of...