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Howard University Expands Its Partnership with IEI:Lead to Increase Learning Opportunities for Aspiring School District Leaders

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WASHINGTON – The Howard University School of Education is excited to collaborate with the Institute for Education Innovation (IEI) to drive greater equity in K-12 administration and build pathways toward leadership for educators.  

The IEI is a national school superintendent think tank working to ensure that empowered leaders have the influence, access, resources, and support to empower their students.  

Cohort participants will also be offered 55 continuing education hours as well as a certificate from Howard University by completing a practitioner-oriented capstone project. The capstone will challenge participants to combine what they learn throughout the programs with their professional experience to analyze a real-world issue, providing practical recommendations to their district leadership teams. 

Shawn Joseph, EdD, assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, will help direct programs for IEI: Lead, which empowers school principals to step into administrative roles and prepares district leaders for superintendent positions through mentorship and leadership development.  

Through the IEI:Lead Winter 2024 Aspiring Superintendent and Aspiring District Leader cohorts, Joseph will be joined by renowned education leaders to help participants gain a deeper understanding of their leadership style and strengths, practice their skills with mock board interviews, and role-play scenarios and simulations. Participants will also discover actionable solutions they can tailor to their district’s needs to ensure equitable learning opportunities and improved student outcomes. 

“After overseeing the Winter 2023 cohort and observing the strides our participants made in their professional growth, I’m excited to help visionary leaders shape the future of their districts and improve student achievement,” Joseph said. “The partnership between IEI and Howard University plays a key role in moving K-12 innovation forward.” 

Over the course of the Winter 2024 cohorts, Joseph will be joined by Sarena Shivers, EdD, deputy executive director of professional learning and member services, Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Traci Davis, superintendent emeritus, and Tom Burton, superintendent emeritus, to host virtual sessions with new and aspiring district leaders. They will share their own unique perspectives, insights, and guidance. 

“Howard University’s School of Education’s collaboration with IEI:Lead and our launch of the new Aspiring District Leader Institute are two huge milestones in IEI’s commitment to nurture the next generation of exceptional educational leaders,” said Doug Roberts, founder and CEO of IEI. “Our continued relationship with Howard University provides our IEI:Lead participants with support on their journeys to becomes champions of equity and student achievement.” 

The Winter 2024 Cohorts are open to all aspiring leaders, including non-IEI member districts. Classes begin November 7, 2023, culminating with a graduation celebration on March 10, 2024, in Puerto Rico, site of the IEI’s National 2024 Spring Summit. A limited number of spots are available; to learn more or to register, visit the IEI:Lead website




About Howard University   

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced two Schwarzman Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also produces more on-campus African American PhD. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu 

About the Institute for Education Innovation
Superintendents are defenders of our children’s right to a high-quality public education, and lead their teams toward effective, sustainable solutions to age-old problems. They must be at the center of discussions around when, where, and how innovation will affect teaching and learning. Many education solution providers, funders, researchers, and thought leaders are mission-driven: they do what they do to improve student outcomes. The Institute for Education Innovation bridges gaps between the individuals and organizations committed to seeing students succeed in school and life, creating a safe space for constructive problem-solving and innovative thinking. http://www.instituteforedinnovation.com.