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Leaders of Diverse Schools

Welcome to the NASSP Leaders of Diverse Schools Center!

Breakthrough Schools winner
Virginia Minshew
Listen to an interview with Virginia Minshew below!

NASSP created the Resources for Diverse School Leaders Center to improve the association's capacity to serve leaders of diverse schools. 

Topics of interest include the professional development and school improvement needs of urban school leaders as well as providing practical resources. The Center focuses on enhancing leaders of diverse schools’ initiatives through example:

Breakthrough Schools
School Leader's Review
Voices of Experience




Breakthrough Schools

 Listen as  the principals who spearheaded school improvement within a diverse setting discuss how they set and acheived their goals:

Listen to a podcast interview with a 2011 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School Principal Angela Smith of Franklin Middle School, Champaign, Illinois

Listen to a podcast interview with a 2011 MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School Principal Anael Alston of Robert M. Finley Middle School, Glen Cove, New York

For more interviews with Breakthrough School principals, visit the Breakthrough Schools Archives


School Leader's Review

Stay up-to-date on the most important issues in urban school leadership:

Listen to a podcast interview with Judith Richardson, director of diversity, equity, and urban initiatives, as she discusses what diversity and equity mean in today's schools and the kinds of tools principals need in schools that are increasingly diverse

 Listen to a podcast interview with Principal Virginia Minshew of Park View High School in Sterling, VA, talks about how her 1,300-student school has overcome the challenges of poverty and diversity to exceed all expectations by meeting AYP and by producing significant, ongoing upward trends on state testing.

For more updates, visit the School Leader's Review Podcast Archive


Voices of Experience

Juan Rodriguez is principal of Fuller Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts. Fuller serves a very diverse population of students, with more than 30 languages spoken at the school. Juan, himself a second language learner, has been a faculty member of NMSA’s Institute for Middle Level Leadership and was the 2005 Massachusetts Middle Level Principal of the Year.

Listen to a podcast interview with Juan Rodriguez, a highly regarded middle level leader, sharing his thoughts and experiences on leading aa diverse school

For more interviews with highly regarded middle level leaders, visit the Voices of Experience archive


Other Resources

NASSP aims to provide leaders of diverse schools with professional resources as part of their diversity inititiative. Read more on the plan to create an online national job bank to connect diverse candidates and aspiring administrators to regional and national openings or visit the Diversity and Social Equity page for the most popular NASSP resources on diversity and social equity.



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