A pair of district leaders who have wholly embraced that schools should—with the help of community partners—do what they can to counteract the effects of poverty. A veteran superintendent whose deep knowledge and steely resolve have made her a powerful advocate for all public schools in Indiana. And a respected educator who, as a sort of “teacher whisperer,” has shaped an evaluation process that the teachers in her Tennessee district see as useful, fair, and free of fear.
After nearly eight months of searching, combing through nominations, vetting and reporting, our newsroom has landed on 13 outstanding district-level administrators for our 2016 edition of Leaders To Learn From.
While so much of our daily reporting rightly leads us to stories about problems, failures, and challenges in K-12, this report gives our newsroom an important opportunity ever year to shine a spotlight on leaders, and by extension their districts, who are tackling pressing issues in education and finding success. And they are using strategies that can be replicated elsewhere.
We take a lot of time and care to select the leaders we profile and put a premium on finding folks who are not just high-profile superintendents, but leaders far below the public radar who are doing amazing work on behalf of educators, students, and communities.
We are bringing this talented group of people to Washington on March 11 for our Leaders To Learn From event and will soon launch our search for the 2017 class.
A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.