One outreach activity of our center is to host Superintendent Breakfasts, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development’s development office. At these gatherings of about 20 superintendents and University of Minnesota faculty, we highlight one faculty researcher to share the scholarship and engage the superintendents in a conversation about their needs and feedback as leaders of our urban school districts.
Our first event was held on February 25, 2016. Professor Muhammad Khalifa spoke about culturally responsive leadership and how leaders can promote equity in our schools. Dr. Khaifa’s talk followed an all-day workshop he held the day before with over 200 school teachers and leaders from the superintendents’ districts.
At this event, Dr. Theresa Battle, Associate Superintendent of the Saint Paul Public Schools, was awarded the UCEA Excellence in Educational Leadership Award.
2016 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award – Dr. Theresa Battle
Theresa Battle, Assistant Superintendent for St. Paul Public Schools, graduated from Hampton University with a bachelor of science in special education. She also holds a master of arts in educational administration and a doctorate of education from the University of Minnesota. Theresa has worked for St. Paul Public Schools for twenty six years over two tenures. She has served the district in many capacities. She has been a classroom teacher, special education facilitator, lead teacher; assistant principal; assistant director, Curriculum Development and Instruction and principal. In her current position as assistant superintendent, Theresa is responsible for providing leadership and support for 11 schools spanning 6-12 and 9-12 high schools as well as senior leadership for athletics and JROTC. Her portfolio of schools has approximately 10,000 students enrolled. She has primary responsibility for supervising and overseeing the principals and assistant principals at her portfolio of schools. Theresa maintains memberships in the Minnesota Association for School Administrators and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Outside of work, she is a member of St. Peter Claver Church, serves on the Greater Twin Cities YMCA Mission Impact Board, Big 5K Race Board of Directors and serves as a chaperone for Progressive Baptist Church’s annual college tour.