Leadership in America’s Best Urban Schools

What are the common characteristics and transformational qualities found in America’s best urban schools? What sets the leaders of these outstanding performing urban schools apart? Join host Dr. Sheryl White for this special episode with co-author of “Leadership in America’s Best Urban Schools” Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, Jr, Dean of Education and Executive Director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation and QUALCOMM Professor of Urban Education at San Diego State University for a revealing discussion on how leaders of 117 schools from 22 different states have influenced the development of many of the nation’s highest performing urban elementary, middle and high schools. Although these schools serve low-income, urban communities and do not utilize selective admissions policies, these schools generate multiple indicators of impressive academic results for every racial/ethnic/income group they serve. Along with excellent school attendance rates, high graduation rates, strong participation rates in advanced programs, and low suspension rates, every racial/ethnic group of students outperforms statewide averages for all students on state assessments. Additionally, these award winning schools demonstrate excellent growth for English learners, students with disabilities, and other groups of students. Tune in to hear how they are doing it!