The National Summit for Principal Supervisors has selected the NYC Leadership Academy to facilitate the Pre-Conference Institute at its third annual summit on April 25. Leadership Academy Vice President of District Leadership Support Mary Rice-Boothe and Chief Strategy Officer Nancy Gutiérrez will lead the interactive Pre-Conference professional learning session. Designed for new and aspiring principal supervisors, the four-hour session will walk leaders through some of the critical work involved in supervising principals:

  • Collecting and analyzing classroom observation data using an equity walkthrough tool
  • Practicing coaching for equity strategies
  • Reflecting on and practicing equity leadership
  • Developing next steps and commitments necessary to lead for equity

For 15 years, the Leadership Academy has supported school and school systems leaders across 32 states in building their capacity to lead schools that ensure each child has access to the learning opportunities they need to excel. Through our Foundations of Principal Supervision program alone we have trained principal supervisors from 21 districts who have reached more than 700 principals and close to half a million students.

The National Summit for Principal Supervisors offers K-12 superintendents, district leadership staff, principal supervisors, and aspiring principal supervisors from across the nation the opportunity to engage in professional learning aimed at improving the outcomes of school principals. The Pre-Conference Institute will be held on April 25 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa. Registration ends Monday, March 26.


About the presenters

Mary Rice-Boothe joined the NYC Leadership Academy in 2015 and currently serves as Vice President, District Leadership Support. In this role, Mary works with partners around the country, including Gwinnett County, GA; San Francisco, CA; and Maricopa County, AZ, to design and implement leadership development programs rooted in NYCLA’s proven model. Mary came to NYCLA with over 15 years of experience as a teacher, principal, mentor and coach. Previously, she worked at New Leaders, a national non-profit organization, as Executive Director of Content and Assessment. She began her career as a NYC Teaching Fellow in East Harlem and is a member of NYCLA’s APP Cohort 3. Mary is a certified Courageous Conversations about Race Affiliate and a certified Facilitative Leadership Trainer, and holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies from NYU, as well as an MA in English and English Education from the City College of New York. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Organizational Change at the University of Southern California.  

Dr. Nancy Gutiérrez joined the NYC Leadership Academy in 2014. Her work is driven by her personal commitment to the empowerment of under-resourced communities like the Latino neighborhood where she grew up and later became a teacher and school leader. The Renaissance Academy, where she served as founding principal, remains the highest performing middle school in its district and a California Distinguished School. Before joining NYCLA, Nancy was executive director of advanced leadership strategy for the NYC Department of Education where she designed and facilitated a leadership institute for school district leaders that led to superintendent certification. She is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program and has served as a mentor for Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative and co-chair for Harvard’s Alumni of Color Conference.


Contact: Jill Grossman