NEW ORLEANS - The Alliance for Diversity & Excellence (ADE), an organization that advocates for quality schools and offers support and mentorship for educators, continues their "Leaders Who Inspire Us," digital campaign. The campaign highlights educational leaders who are guiding and influencing other educators in their field. This month, ADE recognizes Mervin Jackson, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Warren Easton Charter High School.
1. How do you encourage creative thinking within your organization?
I believe the best way to encourage creative thinking is to create an environment that gives everyone a voice and the ability to “think outside of the box.” It is also important to emphasize that there are no bad ideas!
2. Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as an educational leader?
Mrs. Alexina Medley, a veteran educator who served New Orleans students for more than three decades and the former Principal and CEO of Warren Easton Charter High School, has and continues to impact me as a leader. She has always mentored and coached me to ensure I am being a visionary leader for children.
3. What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader in the educational sector?
The best resource I would recommend to someone looking for insight into becoming a better leader is having a mentor that you trust and can be open with at all times.
4. What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time or looking to pursue a leadership role?
The best advice I would give a prospective leader is to be an active listener, be honest, flexible, patient, and student-centered.
5. Why do you think it's important for Black educators to participate in leadership programs such as the Alliance for Diversity & Excellence?
It gives leaders of color a space to share ideas, uplift, and mentor as well as a platform to have a collective voice.