SCSU Today

Leading urban schools

Friday, February 1, 2008

Valeria Silva ’90, chief academic officer for the St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS), has been selected by the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems to participate in the 2008 Broad Superintendents Academy. The academy is a 10-month program that trains educators to lead urban public school districts. Only four percent of this year’s applicants were accepted into the program.

Silva, who taught in her homeland of Chile before moving to the United States, has been nationally recognized for her leadership of the English language learner program at SPPS, which helped reduce the achievement gap between English language learners and native-speaking students. She has served SPPS as principal, specialist and teacher, and teaches administration and educational instructional strategies at the University of Minnesota. Last year she received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of 67 major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy.

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