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Joliet District 86 superintendent tapped for select leadership program

Joliet District 86 Superintendent Theresa Rouse
Joliet District 86 Superintendent Theresa Rouse

Joliet Public Schools District 86 Superintendent Theresa Rouse was one of only 20 public education leaders in the country picked to join the Fellowship for Public Education Leadership program at the Broad Center at the Yale School of Management.

The tuition-free program will gather superintendents, chief executive officers, and cabinet-level leaders from urban public school districts, charter school networks and state-level education agencies for four week-long sessions starting in June 2021, according to a news release.

The professionals will build networks and develop management skills for immediate application in their school districts with the goal of advancing equity in educational outcomes for all students. During the sessions, they'll engage in interactive learning with Yale SOM faculty and discussion with education practitioners.

“I am very proud to be a member of this partnership between the Broad Center and the Yale School of Management,” Rouse said in the release. “I look forward to sharing and learning from the other educational leaders in the cohort.”

Rouse is the superintendent of the fourth largest elementary school district in the state. She said in the release she's focused her work leading the district on equity and cultural proficiency in order to close the equity gap for all students.

District 86 has more than 10,000 students and more than 1,500 employees at 15 elementary schools, four junior high schools, an early childhood center and one alternative school.

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