Bryan Wright is an educational change agent who is dedicated to providing educational equality for all students, especially at-risk youth. He is currently the directing principal and Gilmore Middle school in Racine, Wisconsin and an adjunct professional at Concordia at Teaching Leadership for Change.
He has been influential in changing schools and districts around the country, and was recently a speaker for TedX.
i am ME. Statements
i am engaging. i am dedicated. i am helpful.
GETTING TO KNOW BRYAN
What is one thing that makes you unique as an administrator?
Everything I do is in respect to putting the student at the center.
What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
The chance to change lives everyday.
Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
I had the opportunity to be the first African American role model for a particular student to look up to. It makes you feel like you did something powerful.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING JOURNEY
What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
The fact that students have the opportunity to work at their own pace, and we can meet them where they’re at.
Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
Rather just expelling a student for good, I put him in the GED program which he finished and found a method where he could be successful in education.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
You should break down your class so you can utilize your skill level to build leadership throughout the classroom.
Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey. They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing. What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
Act fearlessly. Have a purpose in mind.
i am ME.
Can you share one thing that makes you GREAT?
I provide the opportunities to be successful and move our students academically.
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