Priscila Dilley, senior officer of Fort Worth’s Leadership Academy Network (LAN), a partnership between Fort Worth ISD and Texas Wesleyan University, shared her perspectives on sustaining education amid the pandemic as a panelist in a recent webinar entitled: “Schools that Excelled During the Pandemic: How and Why They Pivoted Effectively to Remote Learning,” presented by the Progressive Policy Institute, a public policy think tank.
In her role with the LAN, Dilley leads an innovative school transformation effort designed to sustain academic success at five previously underperforming Fort Worth ISD elementary and middle schools. Dilley also supported the district’s initial launch of the Leadership Academy model, designed to support highly effective educators, create a heightened focus on daily academic mastery and provide additional opportunities for students with an extended school day, among other benefits. Established in 2019, the LAN maintains Fort Worth ISD’s initial approach while leveraging the institutional resources of the Texas Wesleyan School of Education.
LAN schools include the Leadership Academies at Como Elementary, John T. White Elementary, Maude I. Logan Elementary, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary and Forest Oak Middle schools.
The full webinar featuring Dilley and her two fellow panelists can be viewed online.
Key takeaways from Dilley’s presentation include:
Dilley was also recently featured in the Texas Wesleyan 2021 Women in Leadership Forum, where she shared insights on the challenges her team has faced and embraced over the past year.
In a career that spans nearly two decades in education, Dilley has helped revamp challenged schools and offer new educational opportunities for students. She says the pandemic has been a test for all educators, but the lessons learned in the process will likely enhance the way we deliver resources to students and families far into the future.