The Lexington Institute recently announced its second class of Lexington Education Leadership Award (LELA) fellows, including Dennis Krueger, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs for the Howard-Suamico School District. The cohort includes leaders from public school districts ranging in size from 2 schools to 94, in states from Georgia to California.
“This fellowship represents an excellent opportunity for the Howard-Suamico School District to learn and lead as we move forward in our efforts to personalize learning for our students,” said Krueger. “It is humbling and exciting to represent our community at the national level.”
In addition to Krueger, the fellowship cohort includes: Angelique Nedved (Lawrence Public Schools, KS), Eric Hibbs (Marlboro Township Public Schools, NJ), Juan Cabrera (El Paso ISD), Valya Lee (Liberty County, GA), Wanda Creel (Gainesville City School System, GA), Kim Hendon (Roanoke City Schools, AL), Richard Hughes (Central Valley CSD, NY), David Pyle (Nuview School District, CA), and Kevin West (Roselle Public Schools, NJ).
The new fellows begin working together this month as part of a prestigious personalized learning fellowship sponsored by the Lexington Institute, a non-profit public policy think tank focused on education reform. Over the course of two rounds for the fellowship, over 100 leaders applied for a coveted spot. The first and second cohorts each supported the learning of 10 districts.
“I am thrilled with the caliber of these superintendents we have selected to be part of this program,” said Don Soifer, Executive Vice President of the Lexington Institute. “The commitment to being leaders for personalizing learning for all students that each of these fellows – and our 30 finalists – has shown makes me confident for the future of American education.”
Cohort leaders were selected because of their leadership qualities, their vision, and their ability to impact fundamental change in their district. Each leader has already demonstrated a commitment to personalize learning in their district, but each district is at a different stage in its personalized learning journey. The second cohort of LELA fellows will begin work with strategy sessions in their districts, followed by intensive supports, a gathering in March, and a final showcase in DC in June. In addition to learning from each other and Education Elements, each district will be paired with an experienced mentor, who has launched personalized learning in their own district. Mentors for this round include: James Bailey and Jaraun Denis of Uinta School District One, Wyoming; Ken Eastwood and Amy Creeden of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York; Matt Akin of Piedmont City Schools, Alabama; Dena Cushenberry and Ryan Russell of Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, Indiana, and Darwin Stiffler of Yuma School District One, Arizona.
About the Howard-Suamico School District: Founded in 1961, the Howard-Suamico School District encompasses 53 square miles in one of the most popular and attractive areas of Wisconsin. Located in the villages of Howard and Suamico – just eight miles northwest of Green Bay’s historic Lambeau Field – the district serves approximately 6,000 students in eight schools and 10 community-based four-year-old kindergarten sites, making it the 26th-largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. The HSSD vision, mission and beliefs can best be summarized by the motto: Serving, Learning, Achieving – Together. For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District, follow us on Twitter (@HSSD) or visit www.hssd.k12.wi.us.