Leaders To Learn From

In the first of what will be an annual report, Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From spotlights 16 district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work. The leaders were chosen from nominees submitted by readers, education reporters, school administrator groups, and experts in specific areas of education. In conjunction with this report, Education Week has launched a new website to introduce our readers to the 2013 Leaders To Learn From, who will be recognized at a special event featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


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Education Week introduces its first Leaders To Learn From report—a way to recognize forward-thinking education leaders and share their ideas.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

The dropout rate decreased by 90 percent in Daniel P. King's first five years at the helm of Pharr-San Juan-Alamo schools.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

An immigrant herself, Valeria Silva led by example a nationwide push to teach English-learners in mainstream classes.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Under Superintendent Mary Ronan's oversight, 16 schools climbed out of "academic emergency."
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

International-student programs work well in Australia, thought Superintendent Clark Hults, so why not in the Adirondacks?
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

In Jefferson County, Colo., Superintendent Cynthia M. Stevenson and teachers' union President Kerrie Dallmann showed that it's not impossible for districts and unions to collaborate on tough decisions.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Frustrated with the way her daughter's school was run, Michele Brooks set out to be part of the solution.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Under Patricia A. Ciccone, Connecticut's technical schools led the way in taking a pulse on school climate.
February 4, 2013 | Updated: February 7, 2013 - Education Week

Superintendent Austin Obasohan is expanding Duplin County's early-college high schools districtwide and instilling college ambitions in children from kindergarten on.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Six years after Dennis Stockdale's arrival in the Garrett-Keyser-Butler district schools have leapt into the 21st century.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Jonathan Brice rewrote the district's code of conduct to give principals alternatives to out-of-school suspensions.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Under Jeffrey K. Platenberg's tenure, the Loudoun County, Va., school district built or renovated 22 schools—and still saved money.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Linda Hicks' mission became clear when she took the helm of Battle Creek's schools: Ensure that students get the STEM skills they need to land a job with one of the area’s food manufacturers or research facilities.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Kyle Pace, an instructional technology specialist in Lee's Summit, is teaching teachers how to take charge of their own professional development through social networking.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

As director of a regional special education agency, Judy Sorrell has been ahead of the game for much of her 33 years in the field.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

Steve A. Simmons III brought cheaper bus routes, GPS technology, and student-tracking tags to the Columbus, Ohio, schools.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week



Leaders To Learn From was produced with support from The Wallace Foundation. The New York City-based foundation helps underwrite coverage of leadership, extended and expanded learning time, and arts learning in Education Week.

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