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2024 EdWeek Leaders To Learn From
We're excited to reveal our 2024 honorees. These district leaders have shown persistence and creativity as they navigate the challenges facing schools in a rapidly changing world.
Classroom Technology AI Policies Should Leave Room for Teachers and Students to Mess Up, Superintendents Say
Superintendents whose districts have crafted AI policies discussed establishing guardrails and encouraging the AI-hesitant to try it out.
School & District Management Most Superintendents Try to Avoid Politics. This Group Encourages Them to Lean In
Superintendents increasingly face politically tricky situations. A new collaborative hopes to support them.
School & District Management Superintendent of the Year Focuses on How to ‘Do More’ in Minnesota
The 2024 winner of the national honor didn't want to spend pandemic relief funds "in the way that we’ve always spent our money."
School & District Management Q&A This Leader Channeled Students' Climate Anxiety Into Action. See How
LeeAnn Kittle partnered with student advocates to champion environmental sustainability in Denver's public schools.
Privacy & Security Q&A Why One Tech Leader Prioritizes Explaining Student Data Privacy to Teachers
Jun Kim, the director of technology for an Oklahoma school district, helped build a statewide database of vetted learning platforms.
School & District Management Q&A How to Manage Big Emotions During Difficult District Transitions
A big-city superintendent discusses how she balances strong public sentiment with staying the course on a major improvement initiative.
School & District Management Q&A How Teachers' Ideas Drive This Leader's Work on Districtwide Initiatives
Ana Pasarella, the director of family and community engagement for the Alvin ISD, shares her advice for running districtwide programs.
School & District Management Q&A This Leader Takes a Compassionate Approach to Truancy. It's Transforming Students' Lives
Sharon Bradley on how the Plano Attendance Review Board works and what it means to adopt a less punitive approach to absenteeism.
Curriculum Q&A Why One District Hired Its Students to Review Curricula
Virginia's Hampton City school district pays a cadre of student interns to give feedback on curriculum.
Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Absenteeism Was a Big Problem in This District. A New Strategy Is Getting Results
Sharon Bradley remembers how it felt to miss school for reasons outside her control.
School & District Management Leader To Learn From This Leader Partners With Students to Build a More Sustainable Future for Her District
Under LeeAnn Kittle's leadership, the Denver district has implemented an ambitious climate action plan.
School & District Management Leader To Learn From With a Steady Hand, a Superintendent Guides Her District Through Big Changes
When Aleesia Johnson became superintendent of the Indianapolis schools, Indiana’s largest district needed much more than a patch job.
Families & the Community Leader To Learn From A Former Teacher Turns Classroom Prowess Into Partnerships With Families
Ana Pasarella maximizes her community's assets to put students first.
IT Infrastructure & Management Leader To Learn From Through Wars, Tornadoes, and Cyberattacks, He's a Guardian of Student Privacy
Jun Kim, the technology director in Moore, Okla., works to make the most of innovations—without endangering student data.