Hi everyone, and welcome to District Leader. We’re taking a break for the holidays, but will be returning with incredible guests in the new year. In the meantime, I invite you to listen to our past District Leader podcasts. For educators this is a special time to power down from the work of school and district, and all of the challenges faced on a daily basis. The respite comes with an opportunity to reconnect with family and friends, read a good book, watch all of those shows that have been recorded, but not yet seen, sleep late, sleep early, eat better, take a walk, and just relax.
As we close out 2016, I have to tell you that this experience has been incredible. I have met some amazing leaders with great stories to tell. And I have not only enjoyed talking with them, but have learned a lot from listening to them share their experiences. And I hope that you have, as well. The guests that we have scheduled for 2017 will continue to move and inspire us to consider the power of education in helping to transform society, by helping to create a great future for all of the students these leaders serve.
The District Leader podcast has grown since launching in June, 2015, when I interviewed my first guest, Richard Carranza, who was then the Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, and is now serving as the Superintendent for the Houston Independent School District. The District Leader podcasts have been downloaded over 54,000 times. In November, our last full month, the podcasts were downloaded 15,852 times. I thank you, our District Leader community, for spending time with us. Through the podcasts, I believe that together we contribute to the edification of those interested in education, leadership, and in the men and women who make the superintendency an important part of their life’s work.
On behalf of District Leader, and all our guests, on this, our 25th episode, an appropriate coincidence, I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy holiday. May 2017 become the canvas for you to continue to do incredible things, in incredible ways, producing incredible results