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2015 Convocation, José M. Torres Aug 2015

2015 Convocation, José M. Torres

José M. Torres

Good morning all! In light of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays’ quote that I just recited about the fleetingness of time, thank you for taking the time to be here. And students, may this be a reminder to make the most of your time at IMSA, for “Life is just a minute, only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon you, can’t refuse it, didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it, But it’s up to you to use it. You must suffer if you lose it. Give an account if you abuse it. Just a tiny little minute, But ...


Suburban Leaders Who Have Made A Difference: Jose Torres, José M. Torres Aug 2015

Suburban Leaders Who Have Made A Difference: Jose Torres, José M. Torres

José M. Torres

This week we are featuring Dr. Jose Torres, the president of Aurora-based Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Torres was superintendent of Elgin Area School District U-46 from 2008 to 2014 and has served in various leadership roles, including regional superintendent/area instruction officer in Chicago Public Schools, and as the only superintendent on the Federal Equity and Excellence Commission of the United States Department of Education. Torres was one of three educators nationwide to receive the 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award from the AASA, the school superintendents association.


Leadership Lessons For The 21st Century: Superintendents' Perspectives, José M. Torres Feb 2015

Leadership Lessons For The 21st Century: Superintendents' Perspectives, José M. Torres

José M. Torres

Celebrating 50 years in the educational leadership business, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) asked practitioners from around the country, including dozens of Superintendents, to share their leadership lessons. The responses culminated in ten leadership lessons. We invited two former Superintendents, Dr. Clifford B. Janey and Dr. José M. Torres, to share their reflections of how IEL's leadership lessons connected to their own practice. What they told us is important for all school leaders to know.


City Of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board 2015 Annual Community Breakfast Scholarship Awards Ceremony, José M. Torres Jan 2015

City Of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board 2015 Annual Community Breakfast Scholarship Awards Ceremony, José M. Torres

José M. Torres

Thank you Mayor (Tom) Weisner— and good morning everyone. I am delighted to be here to support your commitment—our commitment—to develop, empower and advance Hispanics and their accomplishments in and beyond the community of Aurora, Illinois. Your work as an organization and as leaders, role models and mentors for the next generation is so important. You are in the Arena. You are daring greatly! From educational achievement to community service, your accomplishments are inspiring. I commend you, the City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board for supporting and motivating community stakeholders—to not only embrace Hispanic culture—but ...


Cross-Boundary Leaders For Education & Equity Symposium: Preparing Leaders For Public Education, José M. Torres Sep 2014

Cross-Boundary Leaders For Education & Equity Symposium: Preparing Leaders For Public Education, José M. Torres

José M. Torres

Public education has become an increasingly polarizing topic. Yet, experience and research tell us that solutions to our most pressing educational issues are likely to emerge when leaders work together across boundaries—be they ideological, geographical, or institutional. For 50 years the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has championed the need for leaders at all levels to shake off their in- stitutional constraints and jointly respond to the needs of young people and their families. IEL’s Cross-Boundary Leaders for Education and Equity Symposium offers an objective, open-mind- ed, nonpartisan space where leaders can come together and discuss complex issues ...