Candidate Qualifications

Who qualifies for recommendations?

We select leaders who believe every child deserves a future of limitless possibilities and have produced radically different, positive and sustainable results within their organizations.

Qualified candidates have experience in one of the following areas:

System leaders

  • K-12 superintendents of districts serving at least 10,000 students
  • Commissioners of state education agencies
  • Chief executive officers and executive directors of public charter school networks serving at least 2,000 students

Cabinet-level leaders

  • Large urban school districts serving at least 50,000 students
  • State education agencies
  • Public charter school network serving at least 6,500 students

We also consider executives from the public and private sectors, including elected officials, military officers and nonprofit leaders who have a demonstrated interest in making an impact in public education.


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