Southside ISD administrators go to Harvard University

Pictured left to right:  Losoya Intermediate School Principal Manuel Ornelas, Instructional Coach Kendra Blackmon, Assistant Principal Donna Wong, Instructional Coach Shira Williams, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Genese Bell

As the remnants of Hurricane Harvey lashed the East Texas Gulf Coast, Southside ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Genese Bell received messages of concern from educators in South Africa, Brazil, New York City, and South Florida. Good will sent by educators she and the administrative team from Losoya Intermediate School met in June during the 2017 Raise Your Hand Texas Leadership Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“The leadership team from Losoya was treated with respect and value for being educators,” said Dr. Genese Bell. “They had the opportunity to interact with educators nationally and internationally while learning from Harvard professors about leadership and improving schools.”

Raise your Hand Texas selected schools for improvement and made it possible for Losoya Intermediate administrators to apply.

Dr. Bell said the Southside ISD team worked alongside Harvard University faculty; the people who write the textbooks.

“This gave us the ability to look at the issues we face as educators and because the focus is improving schools, we worked hard on the issues associated with that topic, specifically,” Bell said.