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50 Million Faces: Why We Can’t Let Go


This speech given at the School Superintendents Association’s National Superintendent of the Year gala in November in Washington, D.C., shows why Georgia’s Philip Lanoue was chosen to be the National Superintendent of the Year for 2015. Genuine and resolute in his pursuit for students to flourish, Dr. Lanoue talks to a formal crowd about some no-frills ideas.

“The first thing we have to build is not a test score,” says the Clarke County superintendent. “It’s trust.”

Tune in to the rest of his speech to hear why we can’t let go of our students. Why we must connect all policies with real people. And why we need to make sure our students know we respect them and that we are all-in for their journey in life, no matter where and under what conditions it began.