Glenn 'Max' McGee

Glenn “Max” McGee has long been a leader in progressive educational thinking. He has made it his life’s work to improve student welfare by supporting underrepresented individuals and groups, creating innovative alternatives to traditional classroom settings, and helping high school students maximize their intellectual, social, and creative potential.

Developing Boundless Potential of Historically Underrepresented Youth

Gifted Child Today: “Discovering and Developing Diverse STEM talent: Enabling Academically Talented Urban Youth To Flourish”” coauthored with Stephanie Pace Marshall, Eric McLaren and Cathy Veal.  Gifted Child Today, v.  32, no.1, Winter, 2011.

“Closing the Achievement Gap:  Lessons from Illinois’ High Poverty High Performing Golden Spike Schools.” Journal for the Education of Students Placed at Risk, v. 9, no. 2, January 2004.

Leading in the Toughest Times

What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know: School Leadership for the Real World, coauthored with Jim Rosborg and Jim Burgett, Education Communication Unlimited, 2007.

Cultivating Humanity in High School

Turning Distress Into Success (ESSA Conference)

Confronting Student Suicide

Confronting Student SuicideSchool Administrator, September 2016

ISAB Dinner Meeting
LUDA Fall Conference


Jennifer Harvey Ladinsky
Reading Specialist, Barron Park Elementary School

I want to thank you for your commitment to all of our students and, specifically, for your support around mindfulness and social-emotional learning in PAUSD. I appreciate your passion for helping students feel safe and welcomed and ready for optimal learning at school. To this end, you provided an incredible gift to Barron Park in the way of lessons for all K-5 students that cultivated mindfulness, self-regulation, awareness of self and others, empathy, kindness and much more. These lessons foster social- emotional learning and guide children on their path toward SEL competencies. Additionally, this opportunity for a year of lessons supported teachers as they foster self-care, nurture positive classroom climates and integrate mindfulness practices into their existing curriculum. Teachers and students continue to talk about the power of those lessons and the mindful seeds that continue to grow within our community. Thank you for your passion, commitment, progressive mindset and heart you’ve shared with all of us here in PAUSD.

Maestra Anaí
Teacher and parent in PAUSD

It is often hard to connect with administrators, but you have been a true inspiration. Your  genuine joy, enthusiasm and energy have made me feel supported and valued as a teacher, and fortunate to have a loving and close knit family. You were able to embody the principles that I feel are so important to have in this time and age: compassion, honesty, faith and hope.

Anne Woodbury
Parent in PAUSD

I saw your support for the community for making mental health a topic that people could discuss, for bringing it out into the light. And I appreciate it. What we have to embrace in this community (and what PAUSD has embraced under your guidance) is teaching resilience. I thank you for that. I see it. It’s the single most important thing I want my kids to understand and to live by. […] All those sacrifices you made, that you made for a cause you believed in that was greater than yourself and your sacrifices – they matter. They matter to someone.