Sandra J. Stein

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at NYC Leadership Academy

Sandra J. Stein

Sandra J. Stein

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at NYC Leadership Academy

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Dr. Sandra J. Stein Chief Executive Officer, NYC Leadership Academy Dr. Sandra J. Stein is an internationally recognized expert in school leadership development, well known for her rigorous, experiential approach to developing strong instructional leaders. As the CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, an alternative principal preparation and support program serving the largest school district in the nation, Dr. Stein’s visionary method of teaching using problem-based, real-world simulations and job-embedded learning has contributed to the development and success of hundreds of current and prospective principals in New York City. Under her guidance, the Leadership Academy identifies, prepares and supports innovative school leaders who have the instructional and leadership skills necessary to empower teachers, students and parents, and to direct efforts to improve student learning in some of the City’s most challenging schools. Dr. Stein, who previously served as the Leadership Academy ’s Academic Dean, created the original design for the ground-breaking Aspiring Principals Program (APP), which recruits and prepares the next generation of New York City public school principals through a challenging fourteen-month standards-based program. Under Dr. Stein’s leadership, the Leadership Academy also runs two other innovative programs for novice principals throughout the City’s school system. First Year Support (FYS) provides one-on-one coaching, leadership development workshops, and networking opportunities for first-year principals. The New School Intensive (NSI) uses a similar program model, but specifically focuses on the unique experience faced by first-year principals opening new schools. In 2006, the Leadership Academy will expand its programs for novice principals to include support for the second and third year of the principalship. Dr. Stein’s commitment to educational excellence has driven her entire career. Before joining the Leadership Academy, Dr. Stein was an Associate Professor at Baruch College, School of Public Affairs and founding director of its Aspiring Leaders Program (ALPs). She has written comprehensively on the issue of preparing the nation’s educational leaders. Her two books, The Culture of Education Policy (Teachers College Press 2004) and Principal Training on the Ground: Ensuring Highly Qualified Leadership (co-authored with Liz Gewirtzman , Heinemann 2003) have received wide-spread critical acclaim. In addition, she was the co-director and producer (with David Loewenstein) of Creating Counterparts, a video-documentary about the power of urban and rural youth to transcend distance and embrace difference through artistic collaboration and was co-director of the Mural Project on which the documentary is based. Dr. Stein’s professional honors include a Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Service from Baruch College and Best Documentary Award from the Kentucky Filmmakers Jubilee. Dr. Stein has spoken extensively on preparing and supporting school leaders. Her recent engagements included “Creating Great Leaders” for the United States Department of Education and “Preparing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s High Schools” at the Washington-based Alliance for Excellent Education. Dr. Stein received a PhD in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University , holds two M.A.degrees from Stanford in Political Science and International and Comparative Education, and holds a BA in Sociology from Grinnell College. She has lived, worked, and studied in Latin America and speaks Spanish fluently. Dr. Stein currently lives in New York City with her husband.

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NYC Leadership Academy

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at NYC Leadership Academy
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BA in Sociology
MA in Political Science
PhD in Education Administration & Policy Analysis
MA in International Comparative Education
Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Prepare experienced educators to lead high need New York City public schools; Provide leadership development and technical support for principals opening new, small New York City public schools; and support new and experienced New York City principals through coaching services that strengthen their capacities to accelerate student learning and academic growth. We also provide strategic consulting and leadership advisory services.

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Baruch College of the City University of New York remains dedicated to being a catalyst for the social, cultural, and financial mobility of a diverse student body, reflective of its historical mission. Baruch College educates men and women for leadership roles in business, civic and cultural affairs, and academia. It offers rigorous baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs to qualified students who seek careers in business, public affairs, and the arts and sciences. Integrating professional education with the arts and sciences for undergraduates, Baruch College's faculty cultivates its students’ analytical ability, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical sensibility. The College’s graduate programs focus on professional preparation that enables students to become leaders and innovators in their fields. The faculty’s contributions to knowledge reflect a commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, public policy, and artistic creativity. Through executive education, continuing studies programs, and public events, Baruch engages the larger civic and international community that includes its supportive alumni, extending the College’s visibility and nurturing its global reputation.

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