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2015 Leaders To Learn From

Recognizing excellence in school-district leadership
Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From Idaho School District's Scarce Resources No Barrier to Innovation
Being innovative is “sort of in my DNA,” says Linda L. Clark, the superintendent of the West Ada school system in Meridian, Idaho.
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English-Language Learners Leader To Learn From A One-Time English-Language Learner Puts Premium on Bilingual, Bicultural Education
San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard A. Carranza is charting multiple pathways for English-language learners to become bilingual, biliterate high school graduates. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Student Achievement Leader To Learn From High Expectations and Access to Rigor Define a N.Y. Educator's Career
Rockville Centre, N.Y., Superintendent William H. Johnson steadfastly elevates learning standards and opportunities for all students. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Extra Time Yields Promising Results for Struggling Conn. Schools
Meriden, Conn., Superintendent Mark D. Benigni adds more time for enriching instruction in low-performing elementary schools. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Students' Views on Teachers, Policy Hold Sway in Georgia District
In rural Murray County, Ga., Superintendent Vickie Reed relies on meaningful student input to help inform district decisionmaking. She is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
Lauren Camera
8 min read
Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From With Patient Approach, Houston Sets Bar for Digital Transformation
Under Superintendent Terry B. Grier and Chief Technology Information Officer Lenny J. Schad, Houston's high school students will be equipped with laptops and secondary schools will use digital-only instructional materials. They are recognized as 2015 Leaders To Learn From.
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Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Family Success at the Heart of Engagement Efforts in Mass. District
Patricia A. Spradley, chief of parent and community engagement in the Springfield, Mass., school district, helps parents become role models for lifelong learning. She is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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College & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From Schools Chief Taps Industry to Bring Rich Career Experiences to Students
Under Superintendent Tom Trigg, students in a suburban Kansas City, Kansas, district get real-world preparation for leading professions. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Budget & Finance Leader To Learn From In Wary Community, Finance Chief Builds Strong Case for K-12 Investment
In the Ossining, N.Y. school system, Assistant Superintendent for Business Alita McCoy Zuber pairs her powers of persuasion with cost-conscious budgeting to help plan the financial future of a growing school district. She is a recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Professional Development Leader To Learn From A Former Engineer Tailors Leadership Opportunities for Teachers, Staff
Superintendent Michael Lin customizes leadership development person-by-person in Southern California's Corona-Norco school district. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Science Leader To Learn From Leader Leverages Diverse Support for Building STEM Programs
Don Haddad, superintendent in Colorado's St. Vrain Valley school district, ushers in robust science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs with expert help from business and community partners. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Confronting Poverty's Challenges, a District Regains Academic Footing
Superintendent Tiffany Anderson draws on community resources to alleviate obstacles to learning in the high-poverty Jennings, Mo., school district. She is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Tacoma's Deputy Chief Helps Pioneer Expansive Measures of School Success
Josh Garcia is spearheading the Tacoma, Wash., district's shift to an accountability system that accounts for much more than test scores. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Special Education Leader To Learn From Administrator Deftly Steers District in Overhauling of Special Education
Kathy Fortino of Michigan's Muskegon regional school district strikes a balance between helping school systems provide special education services and monitoring them when they fall short. She is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From Educator Leads Campaign to Transform Lives of Black Boys
In Oakland, Calif., Christopher Chatmon marshals district and community resources to support the academic and social-emotional success of African-American males. He is recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
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