У Hartford, Cannes., Leslie Torres-Rodriguez and Madeline Negron were able to reconnect more than 2,000 students who were absent at the start of the school year. Through dedicated, painstaking efforts, including hundreds of phone calls and home visits, leaders have reduced that number to 50 by the end of the semester. Many of these students can now attend Saturday’s academy to help them get back on track.

Portland, Ore Marifer Sager has changed the district’s language suggestions so that non-English-speaking parents receive more timely and accessible information. And she has created new tools for them to learn about the special education and mental health services that are available to their children.

In the countryside Arkansas, Susan Gillie innovative mobile classroom and library – 21street century to take over the book mobile – gave lessons and enrichment for distant families. Its analogue in New York library system, Melissa Jacobshas created a digital repository of more than 20,000 books for children and developed a guide to using digital tools that media professionals use even far away New Zealand.

“This year’s awards are the epitome of resilience,” said the President and CEO of Education Week. Michelle Givens. “They overcame many challenges to support students who have dropped out of school, involve families in children’s learning and respond to students’ mental health needs.”

Leaders of 2022 in which to study:

  • Susan Gillie, executive director of federal programs and training technology, Harrison Public schools, Harrison, Arc.
  • Andrew Hooligan, overseer, and Casey Rimmer, Director, Educational Technology and Innovation, Uniate floor Public schools, Monroe, NC
  • Melissa Jacobs, director of the school library service of the New York Department of Education.
  • Jenna Manley, Deputy Head of Family and Community Affairs of the School District Philadelphia.
  • Derek Richie, chief financial officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
  • Marifer Sager, senior manager, language access services, Portland Public schools, Portland, Rudd.
  • Ben Tigpen, superintendent, Jones County Public schools, Trenton, NC
  • Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, overseer, and Madeleine Negron, head of the department of science, teaching, learning and student support, Hartford Public schools, Hartford, Cannes.
  • Latesha WoodleyAssistant Head of Student Support, Kansas City Public schools, Kansas City, Missouri

Winners were selected from nearly 350 nominees represented by readers, journalists, groups of school administrators and K-12 experts.

Leaders of 2022 will be invited to share their successful strategies as part of the Education Leadership Symposium, May 9-11. During this virtual event, Education Week will bring together district leaders and educators from across the country to trade ideas and best practices for application in their schools and districts.

Learn more about these wonderful educators by visiting You can also nominate a leader from whom you can learn for 2023.

Launched in 2013, the project “Leaders in which to learn” is a journalistic project “Tent Solutions” Education Week. It is the only district recognition program run by an information organization and it recognizes all district leadership levels: executives, catering managers, student service coordinators, advisory staff, state employees, and transport and premises managers, among others.

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