Superintendent tapped for fellowship


Shelton Jefferies


From Staff Reports

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent Shelton Jefferies is one of 19 educators to be selected to join the newest cohort of Broad Academy fellows.

The Broad Academy, which describes itself as the nation’s most prominent professional-development program for current and aspiring urban school-system officials, offers a two-year program operated by The Broad Center. This organization supports proven leaders who are deeply focused on excellence and equity for every student and family they serve, according to a press release. 

This more recent 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.

“Dr. Shelton Jefferies believes that education is a vehicle for empowerment. As the superintendent of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, he passionately advocates for both equity and excellence in all district initiatives. At Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, he focused on broadening integrated student supports to help schools identify risk factors early and implement appropriate interventions to address chronic absenteeism. Dr. Jefferies is best known for redesigning traditional settings such as CITI High School, the Center for Industry, Technology and Innovation, which focuses on providing industry certifications or an associate degree in Automotive Systems Technology,” the Broad Academy website states.

Hoa Truong, managing director of The Broad Academy, said fellows are chosen primarily for their commitment to educational equity.

“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.” Truong said in the press release. “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.”

Throughout its 17 years, The Broad Academy has developed a diverse network of alumni working toward 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 people of color, the academy continues to work toward 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 people of color. The 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 release said.