Dr. Penny Nixon – Chief for Change

Original Article: Chiefs for Change

WASHINGTON, DC — Chiefs for Change today announced its third cohort of Future Chiefs – bold and innovative state and district education leaders who are transforming our nation’s schools and are preparing for even larger roles in our education system.

These leaders will be celebrated during the Future Chiefs Cohort 3 launch event being held in Washington, DC on April 4th, 2018 at 4pm in collaboration with the Fordham Institute. Speakers and panelists will make the case for why Washington should stop obsessing about policy and start a new conversation about the importance of bold, diverse, and sustained leadership that leads to real action and better outcomes for our students.

Clear vision, strong preparation and diversity matter in establishing excellence for students and closing long-standing gaps. Yet few pathways exist to identify and prepare qualified candidates for these roles; rapid turnover and changes of vision are a consequence. And while more than half of U.S. students are students of color, education Chiefs are far from reflecting that diversity.

To fix that, Chiefs for Change is helping to build a diverse pipeline of Future Chiefs by identifying bold and innovative state and district education leaders. The first and second cohorts were each comprised of eight leaders, half of whom have since been promoted or stepped up into Chief roles. The nine leaders selected for Cohort 3 will participate in a year-long program of coaching and mentorship from leading chiefs nationally, and collective learning on issues that are central to effective leadership. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the Future Chiefs program — Cohort 3 is made up of 89% leaders of color.

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Posted: March 13th, 2018