Charles Mitsakos has brought much to educational institutions and can bring much to others through his 40 plus years of curriculum and administrative experience in a variety of roles in elementary and secondary schools, in the professional preparation of teachers and administrators through higher education, and as a leadership consultant and mentor in a variety of projects in schools in the United States, U. S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) schools around the world, and in literacy projects in the Caribbean.
His work is driven by three principles. Leaders make a difference in assuring that all children achieve the highest goals and that inequities do not exist in educational communities. They can do it by focusing on 3 Ks- kids, quality, and community. (Admittedly these words don't all begin with the letter "K," but it helps focus efforts and grabs people’s attention.)
Without question teachers in schools throughout the United States and in nations around the world must meet the needs of the first k- kids, their students. It is critical to get them to focus on all of their kids and to assure their success: some from diverse cultures; others with special needs; still others with behavioral or motivational issues. Kids are #1.
Quality is #2. Programs must be structured to achieve the highest standards. Leaders must help their faculties and staffs identify those standards in their lesson plans and implement them in the learning experiences they provide to assure that all students achieve those goals. Leaders must help their teachers reflect upon those experiences and measure their effectiveness. That quality must include the ability to address contemporary issues and the ever changing events and needs of the day.
Finally, the third K: community. Leaders must help their teachers draw upon the local community through service learning opportunities or the global community through initiatives such as a literacy project in the Caribbean’s Antigua and Barbuda to practice what they’ll be "preaching" in their own classrooms. Leaders must also help teachers build a sense of community in two other ways as they teach: through viewing the classroom as a community and engaging their students in small groups or whole class projects and activities as a community, and to reflect about those experiences. Finally that sense of an educational community can be achieved through curriculum integration/interdisciplinary teaching and by reaching out beyond the school to parents and to the community as a whole.
Based on his core beliefs and many experiences Dr. Charles Mitsakos would bring much as he works with school leaders in a variety of projects "to ensure that all people have access to a great education."