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Researchers receive NYSED grant to develop a diverse leadership pipeline 

In a groundbreaking partnership, faculty from five downstate universities (Stony Brook University, City College of New York, Fordham University, Hofstra University and St. John’s University) have collaborated to create a multi-pronged initiative to address the shortage of diverse and well-prepared K-12 school leaders who are prepared to support varied student learning needs.

The Diversity Leadership Initiative was made possible through the work of the Metropolitan Council of Education Administration Programs (MCEAP) executive committee and has received funding from a New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant. The grant's objectives are to help create a pipeline for emerging school leaders, to conduct and disseminate research on the effective strategies being used in the field, and to foster new and better leadership skills to integrate diversity and inclusion efforts deeply into school priorities, culture and operations.

A Multipronged Approach to a Multifaceted Challenge

To achieve the grant objectives, the initiative will use the following strategies: 

  • Create a statewide pilot online leadership preparation program
  • Recruit and support leadership candidates from underrepresented groups
  • Provide statewide leadership development opportunities to support assistant principals and qualified teacher-leaders to address a problem of practice, engage in strategic planning and problem-solving, or plan for improved family and community engagement
  • Enlist educational leaders, university faculty and other stakeholders for regional town hall discussions about the challenges and solutions to diversify the leadership pipeline

Each proposed strategy will be implemented collaboratively with local schools, districts, and professional associations, while piloting new approaches to leadership preparation and development and research within the field.

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. called the initiative's work “a unique and innovative approach to building a comprehensive leadership development model.”