Since its founding in 2002, The Broad Superintendents Academy has gained significant insight into the leadership traits and approaches that are most likely to be successful in urban education. With the Academy’s guidance and support, Broad Fellows emerge as game-changing leaders who enable teachers to do great work, close achievement gaps and drive us toward providing a quality public education for all our students. The Academy remains the only national training organization of its kind that recruits proven leaders from outside of education.
Currently, 42 Academy graduates serve as district superintendents, four are state superintendents of education (MD, RI, LA and NJ), three are CEOs of Charter Management Organizations and 21 are cabinet executives in school systems across the country. Our graduates also lead the second largest district in the country (Los Angeles Unified School District) and newly-formed systems that focus on the lowest-performing schools in Michigan and Tennessee.
More Academy graduates have served as urban district superintendents than those of any other national training program. Over the past ten years, our graduates have held 96 superintendent roles and 124 senior executive positions in large urban school districts. Ten urban school districts have hired more than one superintendent that has participated in The Broad Superintendents Academy.
Most importantly, 75% of Academy graduates serving superintendent posts for three years, and 86% of graduates serving for four years, are raising student achievement in their districts faster than comparison groups.
Transforming Urban Education in America
The Broad Superintendents Academy is a primary initiative of The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems. The Broad Center is a nonprofit that seeks to raise student achievement by recruiting, training and supporting leadership talent from across America to transform urban school systems. Learn more about The Broad Center by clicking here.