Letter from Lead Administrator

Dr. Collazo

Dear Faculty, Staff, Parents, Students and Community;

I would like to take this opportunity to express that I am honored and very excited to be the Executive Director of the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter High School. Our academy is a fine learning institution with a tremendous potential for creating wonderful academic opportunities for all students. I have come to understand that your collective efforts and diligent work have made AUL a place where students can receive an outstanding educational experience.

I share with you the belief that the process of educating our children is a collaborative one, requiring our combined efforts! I also firmly believe that each child needs a stimulating, intellectually challenging, caring and supportive environment in which to learn. I am committed to offering a high quality education for every student by providing multiple opportunities for each of them to become effective, responsible and well-adjusted citizens in a changing and demanding society. It is my intention to provide our students the 21st century skills required to thrive and achieve success, including critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation skills. I am committed to providing an educational program that will increase student participation and engagement. We must continue to focus our efforts on increasing and maintaining high graduation rates, enhancing academic achievement, and increasing extracurricular participation. I am very encouraged by the many academic opportunities created for students through the implementation of small learning communities coupled to academy themes with multiple opportunities for career explorations.

I would also like to share with you that I also believe in the support of faculty through a strong partnership based on mutual respect and the commitment to collaboration. I believe that members of the faculty need support in acquiring research-based strategies necessary to enhance engagement and high student achievement in the classroom. We shall therefore, support opportunities for faculty to engage in professional discourse regarding students’ academic performance. They will have multiple opportunities to review students’ performance data on district assessments to guide changes in their instructional strategies and practices. We refer to those as Professional Learning Communities {PLCs). Faculty will also be afforded opportunities to engage in an open and shared instructional practice through mutual classroom visitations. The ultimate goal behind these efforts is to help our faculty achieve highly effective instructional status. We call said opportunities Instructional Rounds {IRs)

As you may anticipate, I also believe in the improvement of all members of the learning community,
including administrators. As such, administrators at AUL shall continue to attend professional development seminars and workshops in areas specific to leadership as well as teaching and learning. After all, we are not only administrators, but we are also teachers.

In closing, I would like to share that I am interested in hearing from you. Please feel free to reach out to me with any concerns and /or recommendations regarding the education of our children.

I look forward to serving you and wish all of you a productive and enjoyable academic year.

Néstor Collazo, Ph.D