Verdugo EdD ’05 Appointed Director of the Superintendents Leadership Academy Project
David Verdugo EdD ’05, a former Superintendent of the Paramount Unified School District, has been appointed as the new director of the Superintendents Leadership Academy Project by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) based in Washington D.C.
The Superintendents Leadership Academy recruits and prepares Latino school system leaders to become superintendents of school districts throughout the United States. The Academy places a special emphasis on school districts that serve a large Hispanic population.
Verdugo will be responsible for creating a year-long leadership training institute that allows participants in the academy cohort to continue in their present jobs while being trained, coached, and mentored by high-powered, successful practitioners in the field of education.
The Academy sessions are held in major cities across the nation. Venues include Washington D.C., Miami, Denver, Seattle, and Nashville to name a few. The sessions concentrate on content strands in leadership, management systems as well as characteristics of “equity and advocacy” leadership.
While at the Paramount Unified School District, Verdugo saw, under the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Coalition, an increase of math scores all across the sixth, seventh, and eight grade students. He has been an instrumental part of Paramount Unified and has significantly improved the quality of education in the schools of that district.
Verdugo recently retired as the Superintendent of the Paramount Unified School District and spent a total of 40 years in the field of education. He has been a long time member of the Rossier School of Education Deans Superintendents Advisory Council (DSAG).
By Samuel Kim