An Interview with Superintendent Ron Kraft
Ron Kraft is intensely focused on student achievement and led the Harbor Beach MI schools to be one of the highest performing districts in the state. Part of his strategy was to focus on students’ cognitive skills — and that is why he was the first superintendent in the country to introduce BrainWare Safari software throughout the district, an approach he is also implementing at a new Michigan District, Hale Area Schools. During this interview, we’ll ask Mr. Kraft why he chose this path and what the impact has been. We’ll also explore with him his views on educating students in the 21st century, developing students’ social and emotional skills, the use of technology, and coping with challenging financial circumstances. We’ll ask him how he managed to reduce spending on special education by 50%, reduce the population classified as special education from 18% to 5%, and deliver more effective interventions for students who need them. We hope to elicit some keys to creating an educational environment where everyone is truly committed to each student’s success.