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Black Women Superintendents Leading With Excellence

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Join The Education Trust and the School Superintendents Association (AASA) for Black Women Superintendents Leading With Excellence on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 6 p.m. ET.

Panelists include:

Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools (MD)

Dr. Latonya M. Goffney, Superintendent, Aldine Independent School District (TX)

Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt, Interim Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools (VA)

Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District (CA)

Arthur Jones II, ABC News Producer/Reporter will be the moderator for this event.

Black women make up only 1.4 percent of people leading school districts nationwide. However, in today’s environment, where classrooms have become sites of cultural and political conflict, Black women leaders are best positioned for the job. Black women know firsthand what it takes to thrive amid racism and sexism — overcoming systemic barriers and challenges that many of their peers do not endure. This lived experience fuels them daily as they work to meet their student’s academic and social-emotional needs and ensure that, despite the challenges of the pandemic, all students leave the K-12 school system with precisely what they need to succeed.

In this candid conversation, we’ll explore how to support students’ mental health, the pressures of leadership, recent book bans, and more. These leaders will also discuss what must be done to diversify the school leadership pipeline and, notably, how to support Black women school leaders once they take the helm.

Register for the event HERE.

About The Education Trust

The Education Trust is committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the American education system. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust improves equity in education from preschool through college, engages diverse communities dedicated to education equity and justice, and increases political and public will to build an education system where students will thrive.

About The School Superintendents Association (AASA)

AASA is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and district leadership on Capitol Hill.

A professional community of more than 10,000 educational leaders, AASA and its members are committed to providing high-quality public education to all students.

AASA develops and supports school system leaders through the national exchange of ideas; access to professional learning, publications, and resources; and opportunities to champion initiatives to help transform the future of public education

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