NEW YORK, N.Y.– Will Miller, President of The Wallace Foundation, today announced the promotion of Jody Spiro, Ed.D., as Director of Education Leadership.
Spiro will primarily oversee one of the foundation’s largest efforts now under way, the$75-million Principal Pipeline initiative, designed to help school districts build a corps of effective principals and to determine whether this improves student achievement across the district, especially in the highest needs schools. The answer to this question will provide education decision-makers a key missing piece of the school reform puzzle.
“I’m delighted that Jody has agreed to direct our work in school leadership going forward,” said Will Miller, President of The Wallace Foundation. “She has been doing an excellent job as interim director and ensured that we and our partners have not missed a beat in this important initiative. Her skills, experience and leadership will contribute greatly to the potential of our work to yield important lessons for district leaders, as well as state and federal policymakers, on how we can effectively develop and support principals in ways that strengthen student achievement.”
Spiro served as Senior Program Officer in Education since 2002. In that capacity, she has contributed significantly to advancing the foundation’s “first generation” efforts in school leadership, notably; by forging strong partnerships between states and districts; through her work with the New York City Leadership Academy and the National School Administration Manager Innovation Projects; and through her leadership of the Leading Change Learning Community, Wallace’s most systematic effort to date to help grantees sustain programs and practices that improved school leadership.
“It has been an honor to be involved with Wallace’s education leadership work these past years and very exciting to lead the next generation initiative which grows from and furthers those efforts,” said Spiro. “Together with our grantees we are all part of a vibrant learning community, and I look forward to the new lessons we will learn together.”
The Wallace Foundation is an independent, national foundation dedicated to supporting and sharing effective ideas and practices that expand learning and enrichment opportunities for children.