Chiefs of state and large-district education systems play a pivotal role in guiding outcomes for students, and finding and choosing excellent Chiefs is rightly an enormous focus for states, cities, and their elected leaders. Yet few pathways exist to help identify and prepare excellent candidates, and while more than half of U.S. students are students of color, education Chiefs are far from reflecting that diversity.
To change that, we are helping to build a diverse pipeline of Future Chiefs by identifying bold and innovative state and district education leaders. These leader candidates are strategic systems-builders clearly focused on excellence and equity. Chiefs for Change provides them with collective learning opportunities that include coaching and mentorship from outstanding current Chiefs, leaving them far more prepared to step into vital leadership roles.