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Strengthening Diversity in School Leadership


Universities receive grant funding to develop a diverse leadership pipeline 

Stony Brook University, in partnership with faculty from four local universities (City College of New York, Fordham University, Hofstra University and St. John’s University), is the recipient of a New York State Education Department (NYSED) grant support for a multi-pronged initiative: Strengthening a diverse leadership pipeline through leadership preparation and development.

The primary focus of this initiative is to pilot strategies to improve diversity in the leadership pipeline, while simultaneously learning from the field about challenges and successful strategies for dissemination and use. This initiative was made possible through the work of the Metropolitan Council of Education Administration Programs (MCEAP) executive committee and NYSED to address the shortage of diverse, well-prepared school leaders.

About the NYSED Grant

The grant will achieve the following objectives:

  • Increasing diversity in New York State’s communities and student populations
  • Addressing the ongoing shortage of school leaders prepared to support varied student learning needs
  • Fostering new and better leadership skills to integrate these efforts deeply into school priorities, culture, operations, and improvement

The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of high-quality and diverse aspiring and current school and district leaders, through multi-sector (university and other) collaboration that strengthens university and district capacity and aligns with community priorities.  Each proposed strategy of the initiative 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.

Goals of the Initiative

The Diversity Leadership Initiative has several goals:

  • Creating a statewide pilot online leadership preparation program
  • Recruiting and supporting candidates from underrepresented groups
  • Providing statewide leadership development opportunities to support assistant principals and qualified teacher-leaders
  • Engaging participants in a series of seminars to address a problem of practice, engage in strategic planning and problem-solving, and plan for improved family and community engagement

To learn more about the challenges and successful strategies used in the field, the university team will survey all leadership preparation programs statewide, and organize a series of town hall meetings for discussions on these topics among school and district leaders and leadership preparation faculty. Rigorous evaluation of each component of the initiative is designed to yield results for broader field development.