Dr. Valerie Truesdale, Dr. David Miyashiro and Dr. Kelly Niccolls on Next Generation School Leaders

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Dr. Valerie Truesdale, the Assistant Executive Director of AASA, the Superintendents Association; and Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent of Cajon Valley Unified School District and Dr. Kelly Niccolls Teaching and Learning Asst. Director, Secondary at Cheney School District to discuss next generation school system leadership. 

Together they cover: What skills are required today? Who is the next generation of school leaders? What matters to them?

I’m hopeful for the rebuilding of what can be and for the doors that open for folks with skill sets that otherwise have been ignored or devalued. These skills are what we need now for these new times.

Kelly Niccolls


There’s common language that can unify based on shared goals and values that are beyond democrat or republican, beyond liberal conservative, really about happiness wellbeing and gainful employment and financial freedom for every person. Those things are not controversial.

David Miyashiro

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