Happy Holidays! It’s been heartwarming to hear so many delightful stories from the Thanksgiving break – tales of joy, relaxation, and cherished moments spent with friends and family. As we approach the winter break, I encourage you to embrace this spirit once more, dedicating this special time to yourself and your loved ones.

It has been a busy semester with many in person events in the professional learning and networking space. These events and gatherings have been good for reconnecting with one another. In fact, I am writing this letter to you from the winter session of the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado, where a compelling conversation about the Kansas design to reduce recidivism through higher education access and workforce skill development for prisoners was the focus of the opening remarks. There are no small issues in education, but if we continue to work together, we can solve differently and yield better outcomes for our communities.

We have another great newsletter for you, with our featured superintendent bringing her voice from rural America. Teresa Chaulk, Superintendent of Lincoln County School District #1 in Wyoming, shares a little of her story. With over 17 years of staying power in her seat, she has a lot of wisdom to share, from the policy issues she is focused on to how she’s thinking about AI and its possible implications for education.

There is also a great story in this issue about brave young ladies from four districts in New York who participated recently in the H.S. Girls Policy Leadership Academy. Whew, they had a lot to share, and as facilitators of that session, we were given a lot to think about. I know that you will enjoy that article, and if you are moved to action and would like to bring this program to your district, give us a call!

I want to remind you of the When Women Lead education summit in June. Registration is open, and the hotels are filling up! We have a who’s who of educational leaders attending, and we would like for you to give the gift of this opportunity to a woman leader on your team.

In closing, the team at Voice4Equity wishes you a joyous and fun holiday season!