Highly effective educators recognize that they have limited skills and need to depend and rely on others. For example, Richard Elmore argues that effective instructional leaders recognize they can only master a limited amount of expertise essential to leading a school. Therefore, to effectively lead the entire school community, trusted school leaders empower others with differing skill sets.
Asa part of my interview series about “5 Things You Need To Know To Be A Highly Effective Educator,” I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Toby Travis.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share the backstory behind what brought you to this particular career path?
Without question, I have to credit the educators who invested in my life as a child, teen, young adult, and throughout my life. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a large family, the youngest of six boys, with a large extended family who lived within an area of less than a mile. It was a loving environment, but also a busy one. My parents and grandparents greatly influenced my life, but the other adults who invested time in me and influenced who I was or who I was becoming were teachers. So it’s interesting to reflect that those subjects in which I experienced the most supportive and caring relationships with teachers were also the subjects I excelled in to the greatest extent. And vice versa. But that’s another topic. [Continue Reading]