Educational Leaders to Attend AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference in Nation’s Capital


James Minichello
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 Historic gathering to feature Pedro Noguera and Jack Naglieri as Keynote Speakers

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 27, 2015 – As a remedy to strengthen public education in our nation’s urban areas and ultimately empower children in these communities, AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Howard University are hosting the inaugural Urban Superintendents Academy conference in Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-29, 2015. The conference is a culmination of a partnership between AASA and Howard in an effort to bolster the effectiveness of district leadership in our cities.

Pedro Noguera, a distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA and the director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University, will serve as the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. Jack Naglieri, a research professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and senior research scientists at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children will serve as a keynote speaker on day two.

“Our children need and deserve effective urban leaders,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “This historic and groundbreaking partnership between AASA and Howard University will provide sitting and aspiring superintendents with a thorough and visionary program designed to help them excel on the job in urban settings.”

“For the first time in our nation’s history, more than 50 percent of the nation’s public school children represent African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and ethnic minority groups, and for the first time, the majority of our public school students live in poverty,” said Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, Howard University School of Education. “There is a yawning diversity gap between our nation’s students and the school personnel that serves them—that’s why this conference is vitally important.”

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