In 2015, minority children now make up more than half of all students in the nation’s public schools. But only 5 percent of the 14,000 school superintendents in the United States are members of minority ethnic groups.
In order to increase the number of school superintendent who are Black or members of other racial and ethnic minorities, the School of Education at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has entered into an agreement with American Association of School Administrators to launch the Urban Superintendents Academy. The academy will include coursework at Howard University, clinical experiences, mentoring from current and former superintendents, and professional development activities.
Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University, said that “the Urban Superintendent Academy is a prime example of how Howard University and our School of Education are leading often working with organizations with a shared vision, to address critical needs in our country and around the world.”
Leslie T. Fenwick, dean of the Howard University School of Education, added that “through its relevant and rigorous program, the Urban Superintendents Academy will prepare a new and diverse generation of school superintendents who are committed to all schoolchildren actualizing their potential.”