Educational leaders are not limited to positions such as superintendents, principals, or college presidents. Instead, educational leaders exist anywhere that aims to influence and guide policymakers, teachers, parents, and students towards a common goal, based in education. These individuals have a unique and important role in their communities as they inspire, embrace, and commit to providing those around them with the best educational opportunities possible. Without a doubt, it is a tall order. So how does one accurately fulfill the role of educational leader?

There are three elements to educational leadership that serve as a foundation for success. The three…


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM is an imperative cornerstone of education. These subjects play a role in every part of our lives. Science surrounds us at all times, while technology continues to expand our knowledge, abilities, and actions in everyday life. Engineering helps us tackle challenges of environmental issues as well as designing infrastructures such as roads and bridges. Of course, mathematics exists within every occupation.

When we expose children to STEM we give them the opportunity to grow and develop a passion for the world around us. There are never-ending real-life situations in which STEM relates and…


Parents want to see their children succeed. In the digital era, there are a number of ways that today’s technology can help and sometimes hinder a child’s future. While traditionally, the path to a successful life was receiving a good education and finding a lucrative career, things are changing. Many young people are opting for entrepreneurship instead of the typical 9–5.

Entrepreneurship is founded on unique characteristics. These traits include determination, perseverance, innovation, and open-mindedness. So how can parents help their children build entrepreneurial habits that will help them reach their full potential?

Create a bank account for your child…


Leaders spend between 20 and 40 percent of an average workday managing conflict. In an ideal world administrators, teachers, and parents work together for the common good of children. Unfortunately, conflict is inevitable, and dealing with it is a part of an educational leader’s job.

There are a number of sources of friction between administrators and teachers. These issues include supervisory feedback, issues with parents, conflicting instructional philosophies, handling student discipline, and working conditions such as duty assignments and schedules. Recently there has been an uptick of backlash for educators due to the adaptations of remote learning. …


Often, when educators consider improving the use of questions in the classroom they focus on solely their end. As teachers, it’s natural to focus on the depth, pacing, accessibility, and relevance of the questions you’re asking. Furthermore, things such as resources, the variety, and the nature of the questions take center stage. All of these things are important, however, something that is often overlooked is equally imperative to education: helping students forming and asking their own questions.

An individual’s ability to function in society is dependent on their ability to ask questions and seek answers. Particularly, questions and answers that…


Entrepreneurs are defined by a unique mindset that sets them apart from most business owners. While all entrepreneurs are business owners the reverse is simply not true. Why is that? Simply put, entrepreneurship is not simple or clear-cut and entrepreneurs have distinct traits that are critical to achieving success. There are a few key traits to understand exactly what separates entrepreneurs from established business owners.

Entrepreneurs have a different perspective.

It is true that business owners are fulfilling a need, however, entrepreneurs are focused on identifying a need that hasn’t been acknowledged yet. This means thinking outside of the box…


The pandemic created a plethora of challenges and obstacles for the educational system. As schools all around the country were closing, learning was moved online and educators found themselves rushing to adopt new curriculums and strategies for teaching remotely.

Everyone was dealing with unprecedented uncertainty, from worrying about the possibility of loved ones getting sick, to childcare, and household job loss, and teachers were not an exception. Teachers, in particular, faced an incredible sense of helplessness. Not only did they have to deal with their own personal afflictions, but they also dealt with the loss of their professional efficacy.

It…


The cost of higher education has been a major issue for years. It is hard to argue that the education system often works in favor of the more affluent while marginalized communities are left scrambling to pay the rising costs of tuition. Often, students from less affluent families experience food insecurity, have trouble buying the necessary books, and struggle to finish their degrees at all. It is imperative that leaders create a clear path towards more affordable and accessible higher education experiences for everyone.

Today, 75% of the fastest-growing careers require training and education beyond a high school diploma. However…


The pandemic created a plethora of challenges and obstacles for the educational system. As schools all around the country were closing, learning was moved online and educators found themselves rushing to adopt new curriculums and strategies for teaching remotely.

Everyone was dealing with unprecedented uncertainty, from worrying about the possibility of loved ones getting sick, to childcare, and household job loss, and teachers were not an exception. Teachers, in particular, faced an incredible sense of helplessness. Not only did they have to deal with their own personal afflictions, but they also dealt with the loss of their professional efficacy.

It…


There are a few characteristics in life and work that simply can’t be taught. These characteristics are within us and grow over time to become a part of who we are. The Entrepreneurial spirit is one of these special characteristics. Individuals who push themselves, build things from nothing, and aren’t discouraged easily demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit. These are the people that companies want to hire and leaders should surround themselves with.

Businesses in every industry can learn to harness the entrepreneurial spirit to their advantage. Every sector needs creative people in order to stay relevant and competitive in the marketplace…

Carlos Osvaldo Cortez

Carlos Osvaldo Cortez is president of SDCE — San Diego Continuing Education — among the largest community colleges in the US. More @ CarlosOsvaldoCortez.net

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