Anne Wicks | Why Leadership In Education Matters

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Anne Wicks | Why Leadership In Education Matters

Anne Wicks

Posted on February 2, 2021

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“Good leadership starts with understanding yourself and what you stand for.” —Anne Wicks

Anne Wicks strives to create a better education system for kids, parents, and the leaders that support their bright futures. As the Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute in Dallas, Anne develops and oversees the policy, research, and engagement work of the Institute’s Education Reform team.

In this week’s episode of Leading with Genuine Care, Anne discusses why strong leadership is integral to a thriving educational system, what challenges leaders in education face both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we can all better support every student.

In this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • Why leadership matters in education
  • How Anne supports kids and educators through her role
  • What education initiatives Anne recently launched
  • Why great principals matter for kid’s educations
  • How we can better support and develop the best principals
  • Why school board elections matter
  • What major changes has Anne seen recently in education
  • Why COVID has especially affected children of color in education
  • How school leaders have struggled during COVID
  • Where Anne sees huge strides in education
  • Why an address affects a child’s academic future
  • How to create a more equitable public school system
  • Why libraries are so important for kids and adults
  • What Anne’s NCAA Championships taught her about leadership
  • How George Bush and Bill Clinton’s relationship embodies great leadership
  • And so much more!

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More About Anne Wicks

Anne Wicks, The Ann Kimball Johnson Director of Education Reform at the Bush Institute, develops and oversees the policy, research, and engagement work of the Education Reform team. 

Before joining the Bush Institute, Wicks served as an Associate Dean at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education where she led a team with revenue, communications, and engagement goals. 

She currently serves as a board member for Dallas Afterschool and is the vice-chair of the Education Opens Doors board. She is on the advisory board of Best In Class and the Educator Collective, and she serves as the chair of the Texas Ed Leadership Community of Practice. Over her career, she has held management roles at Teach for America, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, and Stanford University. Anne holds a BA and an MA in Education from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California. 

A former captain of Stanford’s women’s volleyball team, Anne was part of three national championship teams, two as a player and one as an assistant coach. She is an alumni volunteer for Stanford University, and is a member of the Stanford Associates. She is the parent of a public school student.


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