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Dr. Lin Selected as one of Ed. Week’s 2015 Leaders To Learn From


WASHINGTON—February 24, 2015— In more than 14,000 school districts across the country, education leaders are tackling the critical task of preparing students for success during and beyond their K-12 years. Amid scarce resources, shifting demographics, and competing education providers, district-level administrators tirelessly work to improve the school systems in their communities. After reviewing hundreds of nominations, Education Week‘s annual Leaders To Learn From report, released today in print and online at, recognizes 16 forward-thinking district leaders who are working to enact, and inspire, change in our nation’s public schools.

“These leaders have found great opportunities to innovate and achieve ambitious goals, despite changing policy and budget environments and ever-increasing demands for better performance from teachers and students,” said Lesli Maxwell, an assistant managing editor at Education Week and the executive project editor for Leaders To Learn From. “Leaders To Learn From shines a light on these leaders who are not always recognized for the highly important work they do, and draws out key lessons that their peers in other school districts can learn from.”

The 2015 leaders will be honored in person on March 18 at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From live event in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers include U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah S. Delisle and Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario Michael Fullan. In addition to this year’s honorees, more than 150 of our nation’s most influential superintendents, education leaders, elected officials, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will attend the event, which will be also be live streamed at

Education Week’s 2015 Leaders To Learn From are:

• Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent, Jennings School District (Jennings, Mo.)
Confronting Poverty’s Challenges, a District Regains Academic Footing

• Mark D. Benigni, Superintendent of Schools, Meriden Public Schools (Meriden, Conn.)
Extra Time Yields Promising Results for Struggling Connecticut Schools

• Richard A. Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District (San Francisco, Calif.)
A One-Time English-Language Learner Puts Premium on Bilingual, Bicultural Education

• Christopher Chatmon, Executive Director, Office of African-American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District (Oakland, Calif.)
Educator Leads Campaign to Transform Lives of Black Boys

• Linda L. Clark, Superintendent, West Ada School District (Meridian, Idaho)
Idaho District’s Scarce Resources Are No Barrier to Innovation

• Kathy Fortino, Associate Superintendent for Special Education and Early Childhood, Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (Muskegon, Mich.)
Administrator Deftly Steers District in Overhauling Special Education

• Josh Garcia, Deputy Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools (Tacoma, Wash.)
Tacoma’s Deputy Chief Helps Pioneer Expansive Measures of School Success

• Terry B. Grier, Superintendent, and Lenny J. Schad, Chief Technology Information Officer, Houston Independent School District (Houston, Texas)
With Patient Approach, Houston Sets Bar for Digital Transformation

• Don Haddad, Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley Schools (Longmont, Colo.)
Leader Leverages Diverse Support for Building STEM Programs

• William H. Johnson, Superintendent, Rockville Centre Union Free School District (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
High Expectations and Access to Rigor Define a N.Y. Educator’s Career

• Michael Lin, Superintendent, Corona-Norco Unified School District (Norco, Calif.)
A Former Engineer Tailors Leadership Opportunities for Teachers, Staff

• Vickie Reed, Superintendent, Murray County Schools (Chatsworth, Ga.)
Students’ Views on Teachers, Policy Hold Sway in Georgia District

• Patricia A. Spradley, Chief Parent and Community Engagement Officer, Springfield Public Schools (Springfield, Mass.)
Family Success at the Heart of Engagement Efforts in Mass. District

• Tom Trigg, Superintendent, Blue Valley School District (Overland Park, Kansas)
Schools Chief Taps Industry to Bring Rich Career Experiences to Students

• Alita McCoy Zuber, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Ossining Union Free School District (Ossining, N.Y.)
In Wary Community, Finance Chief Builds Strong Case for K-12 Investment

For more information on the 2015 Leaders To Learn From report and to register to attend the March 18 event, visit

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