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Deputy Supt. Cordova Selected as One of the Nation’s Education Leaders

Feb. 15, 2017

Story credit: Chiefs for Change  

Chiefs for Change announced its second cohort of Future Chiefs, the bold and innovative state and district education leaders who are transforming our nation’s schools and are ready to prepare for even larger roles in our education system. DPS Deputy Superintendent Susana was selected as one of the eight leaders who will participate.

“Being a part of the Future Chiefs program means working together with a diverse group of leaders to ensure equity for kids all over the country,” DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg and former Future Chief said. “We are better able to effectively support our students by relying on the shared knowledge of our colleagues. I’m committed to investing in the development of extraordinarily strong leaders, like Susana Cordova from Denver Public Schools, who share a relentless desire to make K-12 education systems work for every child.”

Chiefs of state and large-district education systems play a pivotal role in guiding outcomes for students, and finding and choosing excellent Chiefs is rightly an enormous focus for states, cities, and their elected leaders. Yet few pathways exist to help identify and prepare excellent candidates and, while more than half of U.S. students are students of color, education Chiefs are far from reflecting that diversity. To fix that, Chiefs for Change is helping to build a diverse pipeline of Future Chiefs by identifying bold and innovative state and district education leaders.

Last year, Chiefs for Change launched its inaugural cohort of eight leaders and is now launching its second cohort. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the Future Chiefs program. Cohort 2 is made up of 75% leaders of color and 50% women. They will participate in a year-long program of coaching, mentorship and collective learning, with the support of some of the nation’s most successful state and local Chiefs.

Read more about Cordova and the Future Chiefs here.