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UHCL Pearland Campus to host Educational Institute for school administrators, aspiring leaders
News Release
Friday, September 07, 2018

HOUSTON — In their first event partnering together, University of Houston-Clear Lake College of Education’s Center for Educational Programs Director, Tonya Jeffery and Antonio Corrales, educational leadership doctoral program coordinator are presenting a professional development event titled, “Educational Leadership Institute for School Administrators and Aspiring Leaders.”

Targeting area educators and school administrators, the seminar will be held at UH-Clear Lake’s Pearland Campus on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. It features Niki Spears, co-founder of The Energy Bus for School Leaders.

“We are thrilled to offer this professional development opportunity at our UHCL – Pearland Campus, especially since COE’s entire educational leadership doctoral program has now moved to this location,” said Jeffery. “So, we hope this is the first of many more professional learning events we can offer that focuses on topics of interest to school administrators and aspiring school leaders.”

“There is so much research supporting the idea that if a school’s climate is effective, then student performance improves,” said Antonio Corrales, doctoral program coordinator and assistant professor of educational leadership. “Niki Spears, a former teacher and school principal has become a nationally known speaker on this topic. She adapted the guidelines illustrated in a best-selling book called, ‘The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy’, written by Jon Gordon, and put it into a context that applied to school districts and individual campuses.”

Corrales said that Spears is conducting this workshop to illustrate how these 10 guidelines can help elevate the school’s climate. “Following these methods in the way Niki has adapted them has transformed schools and gotten very good results in a very short amount of time,” he said. Spears’ program, Corrales added, is engaging and interactive and has great appeal among educators and administrators nationwide.

He explained that Gordon’s original book unfolds as a business fable, and focuses on a man who is overwhelmed by his marital and professional struggles. “One day his car broke down, and he had to ride the bus to work. He begins conversing with the bus driver and a unique group of passengers. He learns many life lessons and is inspired to change his mindset at work and in his marriage.”

The concepts that the driver and the passengers discuss on their bus ride to work can work with equal effectiveness in the school environment. “Everyone is a leader and everyone has a specific influence on their organization,” Corrales said. “It’s all about how you perceive and process problems.”

To register, and to learn more about this seminar, visit

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