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Grover named to Broad Academy for school leaders

The Broad Academy, the nation’s most prominent professional-development program for current and aspiring urban school-system leaders, welcomes a new cohort of exceptional and diverse K-12 education leaders, including Grand Island Public Schools superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover.

The two-year Broad Academy program — which is operated by The Broad Center — supports passionate, proven leaders who are deeply focused on excellence and equity for every student and family they serve. The cohort is comprised of aspiring urban and state superintendents as well as leaders already running high-performing public-school systems as they work to grow their organizations’ effectiveness and increase their impact.

“It is truly an honor to be included in The Broad Academy,” Dr. Grover said. “I look forward to bringing the lessons back to Grand Island to make a lasting impact on our students and our community.”

Throughout its 17 years, The Broad Academy has developed a diverse network of alumni working towards the day that every student graduates ready for college, careers and life. While nearly half of all Academy fellows are women and over half identify as leaders of color, the Academy continues to work towards building a network of leaders that better represents the students and families they serve. This year’s cohort is 58 percent female and 74 percent leaders of color. The strong network includes 154 leaders who have served as superintendents or chief executives of local and state school systems; 74 are currently serving in these leadership roles.

“The Broad Academy fellows were selected based on many factors, one of the most important being the progress they have made in advancing educational equity for the students they serve.” said Hoa Truong, managing director of The Broad Academy. “Through the program, we hope to inspire our fellows to do more than what they previously thought was possible to further that progress, because we believe that it is not possible to achieve educational excellence without equity.”

GIPS Board of Education president Bonnie Hinkle is excited about the opportunity for Dr. Grover.

“We are proud of Dr. Grover’s accomplishments and excited for her to be a part of this prestigious organization,” Hinkle said. “She continues to be an inspiring leader for the students and staff of Grand Island Public Schools. This opportunity will further advance her abilities to lead our mission: every student, every day, a success.”

Learn more about each of the new Broad Academy fellows:


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