Ada Rosario Dolch: Leading the Way to School Safety
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Ada Rosario Dolch served as the Principal of the High School for Leadership and Public Service in lower Manhattan for six years when she and her staff confronted the ultimate challenge on September 11, 2001. Situated only two blocks from where the south tower of the World Trade Center used to stand, her 14-story high school was right at the heart of the disaster.
According to the school's safety plan, in an emergency, students and staff were to remain in the building or evacuate to the World Trade Center. That day she made the decision to evacuate to Battery Park, despite orders from the District to remain in the school.
Planning, preparation, and on-the-spot decision-making enabled Principal Dolch to effectively respond to the crisis. She shares her complete story and lessons learned in her eBook, Principles for Principals, Leading the Way to School Safety.
Ada Dolch: Teacher, Principal, Leadership Consultant
Ada Rosario Dolch spent the first part of her career shaping NYC public school students into leaders, thinkers, and doers. She taught at John Dewey High School for 13 plus years, worked for the Brooklyn High Schools’ Superintendent for two years before assuming the role of principal at the High School for Leadership and Public Service, from 1995 to 2004.
She was sought out by the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA), the union that represents all school leaders in New York City schools, to join the Supervisory Support Team. From 2007 to 2010, Ada assumed the position of Executive Director for the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI), a non-profit organization of the CSA that provides professional development for all school leaders in NYC.
At present, Ada Rosario Dolch serves as a Professional Development and Leadership consultant. She continues to speak on safety and security, preparedness, and the importance of making a commitment to a better world.
Ada Rosario Dolch's Work Continues
She often volunteers at the 9/11 Memorial Museum and enjoys speaking with students and educators who visit the World Tribute Center.
Her reflections of leadership serve as a powerful learning tool for superintendents, principals, teachers, and students in the creation of their own safety plans.
About Principles for Principals
Reflections about Ada Rosario Dolch's story written by principals and assistant principals
September 11th – Personal Stories of Transformation
Please Link to this web page and then scroll down to read Ada Rosario Dolch’s story #1 Rebuilding a School Community - select the videos of her reflections form that day and her story about rebuilding her school community.
Tools for education Teaching 9//11
In her book, Principles for Principals – Leading the Way to School Safety, Ada Rosario Dolch reminds us, “Keep students safe and they will be able to learn. This is a daily work in progress.”
The Spirit of Volunteerism: 9/11 and Beyond
Commemorative Resource for Upper Elementary, Middle and High School Educators