Meet the Leaders Special Report

2019 Leaders To Learn From

Recognizing excellence in school-district leadership
Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From Waging a Fight for Equity Amid Affluence
2019 Leader To Learn From Shomari Jones advocates for low-income students and students of color whose needs are often obscured by the high-achieving, mostly affluent school system.
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Shomari Jones
Shomari Jones
Alyse Young for Education Week
Curriculum Leader To Learn From Elevating the Arts to Improve Student Achievement
"I believe this is the exit [from poverty] through the arts,"says fine arts instructional specialist Christie-Jo Adams of her efforts to use arts integration to help turn around three struggling schools.
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From A Warrior Against the Inequities in Schools
“Inclusive excellence.” That’s a vision statement and call to action for Superintendent Roberto Padilla’s school district that for too long had left behind its students most in need.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Bold Vision for Education in Appalachia
2019 Leader To Learn From Jeff Hawkins and the staff at the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative are bent on changing the narrative about what’s possible in Appalachia.
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Jeff Hawkins
Jeff Hawkins
Pat McDonogh for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From Confronting and Combatting Bias in Schools
Claiming a school is inclusive doesn’t make it so, says 2019 Leader To Learn From Angela Ward. Building environments where everyone feels valued and supported takes a commitment to challenging, thoughtful work, she believes.
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Angela Ward
Angela Ward
Julia Robinson for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From Taking Struggling Schools to New Heights
Nonprofit foundations usually influence how school leaders work. In the case of Superintendent Wendy Wyman, the reverse turned out to be true as well.
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Wendy Wyman
Wendy Wyman
Nathan W. Armes for Education Week
Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From Pioneering Tech-Savvy Rural Schools
We don’t have the most resources, but we’re going to find a way to provide really great opportunities for our kids,” says Superintendent Suzanne Lacey.
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Suzanne Lacey
Suzanne Lacey
Melissa Golden for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From On a Quest to Move Children of Poverty Into the STEM Pipeline
2019 Leader To Learn From Emilio Pack has drawn on his life experience as an immigrant to create a group of charter schools where children of color can feel they belong—and study for careers in STEM fields.
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Mathematics Leader To Learn From Making an Art Out of Teaching Math
Teaching math should empower teachers and students alike, says Joanna Burt-Kinderman. The instructional coach in Pocahontas County, W.Va., is one of our 2019 Leaders To Learn From.
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