2023 Leaders To Learn From
Recognizing excellence in school district leadership
We are excited to introduce our 2023 class of Leaders To Learn From. These district leaders have shown persistence and creativity as they navigate the challenges facing schools in an increasingly diverse, rapidly changing world.
- Budget & Finance Leader To Learn From Giving Students a Say in School Spending? A District Leader's Bold Idea Pays OffCyndi Tercero-Sandoval's initiative empowers students by allowing them to vote on how portions of their school's budgets will be spent.
💡 Letting Students Decide Where Money Should Go: How One District Did ItStudent Well-Being Leader To Learn From A 'Saleslady' Got One District to Prioritize Students' Mental HealthOver the past decade, Andria Amador has reshaped mental health in the Boston school district with a commitment to prevention over reaction.
💡 Schools Can Transform Student Mental Health. Here's How One District Leader Did It
- Recruitment & Retention Leader To Learn From Want to Recruit Male Teachers of Color? Look to This New York City LeaderChimere Stephens, who leads recruitment of men of color for the New York City schools, believes in starting with high school students.
💡 How to Get Male Students of Color to Pursue TeachingEnglish-Language Learners Leader To Learn From She Defied Expectations as a Pregnant Teen. Now She’s Helping English Learners Do the SameNatalie Griffin found bilingual educators for a district with a long-neglected English-learner population.
💡 Why Recruiting Bilingual Educators Works
- Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From A Leader Who's Busting Down Barriers to Gifted EducationAnthony Vargas has nearly doubled the share of poor and Hispanic students in gifted programs in Manassas, Va.
💡 A Formula for Creating More Equitable Gifted and Talented ProgramsCollege & Workforce Readiness Leader To Learn From Building Skills for Independent Lives: A Leader's Vision for Students With DisabilitiesDean McGee of Kern High School District in California draws on his personal experience to improve and expand career-technical education.
💡 How a California Leader Expanded Career and Technical Ed.
- Mathematics Leader To Learn From Making Math Matter: A District Leader's MissionAs a teacher, Tonya Clarke sought to change the way her students saw math. Now, she's bringing her vision districtwide.
💡 What Professional Development for Math Teachers Should Look LikeSchool & District Management Leader To Learn From Transforming a School District, One Relationship at a TimeRichard Tomko of Belleville, N.J., schools wants to build an early foundation for students and help those with disabilities flourish.
💡 An Investment in Early-Childhood Education Is Paying Off Big