David McGuire

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Indianapolis, Indiana

David McGuire serves as principal of Tindley Summit Academy located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has served as the principal for the past five years.

David has taught high school and middle school in Indianapolis, in both the charter and traditional district settings. He is currently a fellow of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute.

David is a graduate of the Relay National Principal Academy, a 2017 Teach Plus Policy Fellow, and a 2017 Teach Plus Alumni Board Fellow. He completed the Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals fellows’ program. He currently moderates for the Indiana e-Learning lab, where he focuses on parent and community engagement.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Central State University, a master’s in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan, and building-level administration from Marian University. He is currently a doctoral student of education in organizational leadership at Marian University.

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

3 Reasons Why Principals Should Make Time to Teach

COVID-19 rocked our school the first week of our opening this school year. We started the year with three staff…

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Posted Oct. 5, 2021

Hey Principals, Y’all Alright?

How many of you have asked the question, “How are principals doing during this time?” Since March of 2020, when…

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Posted Sep. 8, 2021

Will All the Black Teachers Please Stand Up?

Education remains one of the Black community’s most enduring values. It is sustained by the belief that freedom and education…

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Posted Aug. 2, 2021

Here’s Why One-Size-Fits-All Professional Development Is a Waste of Time

My mentor and friend Chris Stewart often asks the question, “How are the children?” This simple yet powerful question captures…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2021

School Leadership After COVID Starts With Grace, Patience, Empathy and Flexibility

It was Friday, March 13, 2020, and I was sitting in my office, after the building had cleared, in disbelief…

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Posted Sep. 11, 2020

This School Really Called the Police on a Black Child for Playing With a Toy Gun on Camera

Recently, I saw a mother post on Facebook about how her son’s school called the cops on her child. In…

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Posted June 10, 2020

Educators, Don’t Be Loud in the Streets, But Silent in the Schools

Amid the horror and sadness of the murder of unarmed Black people at the hands of police officers, we are…

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Posted Aug. 29, 2017

One-Size-Fits-All Isn’t Working for Boys of Color. Here’s How We Fix It.

What if school was centered and designed around the needs of all students? It is a fairly simple question that…

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Posted Aug. 18, 2017

My Family Lived a Lie From First to Fifth Grade So I Could Go to a Better School

Before it was a rally cry, before it was used by politicians as a platform to win elections, before it…

By David McGuire

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Posted July 18, 2017

Don’t Be Fooled, There Are High-Performing Schools That Are Still Failing Children

I haven’t been given the opportunity to have children of my own yet; however, as an educator, I have spoken…

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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