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2018 Leaders To Learn From

Recognizing excellence in school-district leadership
Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From Superintendent Turns to Students for Advice
Superintendent Joseph Meloche regularly turns to students to inform his decisionmaking in the Cherry Hill, N.J., school district. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
9 min read
School & District Management Leader To Learn From 'I Can Be a Catalyst': Schools Chief Steers His District Onto Right Path
Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk is executing on a plan to restore confidence in Kentucky’s Fayette County school system where financial troubles and inattention to low-income, nonwhite, and special education students had drawn criticism. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
7 min read
English-Language Learners Leader To Learn From A 'Perpetual Fighter' Looking Out for All Kids
Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova’s unwavering commitment to equity for all students has led to major improvements for English-learners in Denver’s public schools. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
10 min read
Curriculum Leader To Learn From Small Town Schools Chief Bridges Cultures Through Language Learning
Michelle Saylor, the superintendent in Bellefonte, Pa., has brought robust foreign-language learning to her district, part of her robust vision to teach global citizenship. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
8 min read
School & District Management Leader To Learn From In Chicago's Rough and Tumble Politics, Schools Chief Rises Above the Fray
Janice K. Jackson’s journey through the Chicago Public Schools as a student, teacher, principal, administrator, parent, and now, chief executive officer, has prepared her for one of the toughest jobs in K-12 education. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
10 min read
Janice K. Jackson
Janice K. Jackson
Alyssa Schukar for Education Week
Professional Development Leader To Learn From An Instructional Coach Can Improve School Performance. Here’s Proof
As a director of instruction for the Gallup, N.M., school district, Rachel Rodriguez works to make sure that every teacher receives regular coaching and real-time support. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
9 min read
Rachel Rodriguez
Rachel Rodriguez
Steven St. John for Education Week
School Climate & Safety Leader To Learn From Making Schools an Oasis of Calm and Safety in San Bernardino, Calif.
Superintendent Dale Marsden has built a culture of safety in the San Bernardino, Calif., schools even as his district withstood two shootings. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
7 min read
Dale Marsden
Dale Marsden
Melissa Lyttle for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Modern Solution to the Problem of Teacher Absences
Robert Harris devised an out-of-the-box solution to quality substitute teaching in Lexington, Mass.—something few schools around the country have been able to creatively address. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
8 min read
Robert Harris
Robert Harris
M. Scott Brauer for Education Week
School Choice & Charters Leader To Learn From Giving Families an 'Equal Shot' at Finding the Right School
Education’s inequities are unacceptable to Mohammed Choudhury. As San Antonio’s chief innovation officer, he’s working to even the socioeconomic playing field and expand school choice. He is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
7 min read
Mohammed Choudhury
Mohammed Choudhury
Lisa Krantz for Education Week
Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From High-Quality Online Learning Is Possible and Indiana Leader Wants to Prove It
As the director of virtual and blended learning at Indiana's Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Michele Eaton strives to bring personalized learning to students and teachers. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
10 min read
Michele Eaton
Michele Eaton
AJ Mast for Education Week
Curriculum Leader To Learn From Putting Creativity at the Center of Student Learning
Aileen Owens, director of innovation in Pittsburgh’s South Fayette school district, is changing mindsets about what it means to offer hands-on, creative learning to students. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
6 min read
Aileen Owens
Aileen Owens
Jeff Swensen for Education Week
Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From For This Champion for Student Health, P.E. Extends Beyond the Gym
As the honcho for student wellness in the South Orange-Maplewood school district in New Jersey, Judy LoBianco is changing what schools do to educate students about their physical health. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
6 min read
Judy LoBianco
Judy LoBianco
Victoria Will for Education Week

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