David Palank is Principal at San Miguel School in Washington, DC.  San Miguel School uniquely serves low-income youth in the DC area and who would not otherwise have access to a high quality private education. We change the trajectory of lives!

Let’s disrupt the educational system!  We must move from the scientific management approach of the 20th century and work to engage students, help them motivate themselves, and teach the way brains really learn!

We must work to cut through the noise to Close the Achievement Gap!


  • BA in History and Secondary Education
  • Master’s in Supervision and Administration
  • Certified in Brain Based Coaching from the Neuroleadership Institute

The research is out there to change the world through education, let’s find it and harness it!

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Engage Students and Close the Achievement Gap


  1. Hello David,
    I like your approach to learning on your site. When I started in teaching in 1989 I was blessed with a critic teacher who was using brain based teaching strategies. Because she mentored me to teach this way, I assumed that was how everyone taught. Now as a superintendent, I have learned I was very wrong. I am constantly surprised (disappointed?) at how often I have to coach teachers out of fixed mindsets. When I engaged students as learning partners and when we built trust in each other, I was amazed at how kids went farther than I could have imagined or taken them with “stand and deliver” techniques.

    I look forward to reading more of what you have to say.


    1. Lou, I echo your surprise that more teachers are in the dark on how teaching works. I think it may come down to many of the programs that prepare future teachers. What district are you leading currently?


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