Philadelphia Principal Shares Stories of Transforming High School Slated to Close

Richard Gordon
February 16, 2021
Richard M. Long, Learning First Alliance
Richard Gordon, principal, Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, Philadelphia

NASSP Principal of the Year Richard Gordon never wanted to be a principal, he knew the stresses and limitations of the job, but others saw his potential. Eventually he landed at Paul Robeson High School, a troubled school that nobody wanted to lead, and he worked to make systemic changes instilling safety, emotional and academic supports, college and career readiness, and beliefs to help teachers and students to embody an all-inclusive family atmosphere. He now mentors other principals and teachers to transform schools into high-performing learning environments. Hear about his remarkable journey in this podcast.