AASA Member Participates in The Broad Academy

May 20, 2015
  Barbara Deane-Williams, a 17-year member of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is among the 10 innovators in public education completing The Broad Academy, a prominent leadership-development program for urban school system superintendents.

Deane-Williams is currently the superintendent of the Greece, N.Y., Central School District, a suburb of Rochester, but effective July 1, she will serve as the newly appointed Senior Deputy Superintendent of Operations in Boston.

According to a press release from the Broad Academy, Deane-Williams “knows that educators flourish where they have room to make decisions that are in the best interests of students. That is why … she has focused on strengthening teacher and leader effectiveness through initiatives designed to foster a culture of innovation and trust, supporting teachers to ‘own’ professional development and strategic instructional design to best meet the needs of their students. This kind of flexible, responsive environment for students and teachers has been well received and helped produce significant gains in the district’s graduation rates, particularly among students of color.”

The Broad Academy prepares passionate, proven leaders to transform America’s urban school systems. In 2012, the program was revamped, expanding its scope, doubling in length to two years and placing greater emphasis on leadership development and helping urban system leaders grow high-performing organizations focused on the twin goals of excellence and equity for all students.

Deane-Williams is part of the second academy cohort to go through the new program.

For more information about The Broad Academy or The Broad Center, visit www.broadcenter.org.


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