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Published on Mar 16, 2016
Julio César Contreras, a former teacher and principal, eschews micromanaging the principals he supervises in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, school district. Instead, he spends hours in schools with them, asking what supports they need and then providing them the resources available.
He has learned to listen for, and ask, what teachers and students are saying to help him understand how best to support his principals.
And he has worked hard to involve students and their families in Tulsa who have traditionally felt disconnected from the broader school community.
Contreras spoke with Education Week Assistant Editor Andrew Ujifusa at Education Week's Leaders to Learn From event in Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2016. ____________________
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