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Leading with Tough Love in the Midst of Brokenness

July 4, 2015

As assistant superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools, Linda Cliatt-Wayman searched far and wide for a principal to take over at Strawberry Mansion High School.  Labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous,” the school had cycled through three different principals in three years and was on the brink of shutting down. Cliatt-Wayman searched and searched, yet found no one. So she appointed herself as principal. 


In two short years, Cliatt-Wayman implemented a tough-love, no-excuses approach to transform Strawberry Mansion. Her efforts helped dramatically improve the school's test scores (it is no longer low-performing), safety (it is no longer persistently dangerous), and attendance levels, among other things.


In May, Cliatt-Wayman delivered a dynamic address at TED Women 2015, where she explained her three leadership principles that have helped transform Strawberry Mansion.


To watch her inspiring TED talk, click here. For the first ABC News special on Cliatt-Wayman, click here

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