Videos: Meet the 2014 Leaders

Hear from some of the leaders featured in the 2014 Leaders To Learn From report:

Dennis J. Dupree Sr.

Superintendent, Clarksdale Municipal School District, Mississippi
In Clarksdale, a superintendent’s recipe for improving schools includes themed magnet schools, tougher academics, citywide school choice, and a big infusion of grant money.
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Bertrand Weber

Director, Culinary and Nutrition Services, Minneapolis Public Schools
After a long career in the hospitality industry, Bertrand Weber has developed the recipe for creating cachet around school lunches and making them healthier for students.
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Maria Santos

Deputy Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, California
In Oakland, Maria Santos uses ‘instructional rounds,’ much like those in teaching hospitals, to coach educators on how to best involve ELL students in academic discourse.
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Nicholas Gledich

Superintendent, Colorado Springs District 11, Colorado
After seeing his district through a raging wildfire, Nicholas Gledich asked his staff to offer their battle-tested wisdom to another district threatened by wildfire.
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Kelvin R. Adams & Mary J. Armstrong

Superintendent (Adams) and President (Armstrong), St. Louis Teachers Union
Facing dropping student enrollments, a superintendent and a teachers’ union leader collaborated to open up more preschool seats and keep their struggling district viable.
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Robert Runcie

Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools, Florida
The Florida K-12 district was at odds with its 95 charter schools before Robert Runcie came along with an agenda for change and collaboration.
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Tracy Hill

Executive Director, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
For many families in Cleveland, the Parent University College Tours organized by Tracy Hill, are their first introduction to a college campus.
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Dennis W. Creedon

Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia
By marshaling research evidence, finding outside partners, and nailing grants, Dennis Creedon has kept a robust arts program alive in his financially strapped school system.
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Mary Newell

Director of Nursing, Kent School District, Washington
In Kent, Wash., Mary Newell has rolled out several strategies to help students manage their health problems and make the most of their time in the classroom.
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B.J. Worthington

Director of Schools, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Tennessee
Teacher "externships," a STEM academy, and an emphasis on solving real-world problems are part of a comprehensive STEM initiative in the Clarksville-Montgomery County district.
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