Dr. Deborah Jewell-Sherman

Currently a professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Dr. Jewell-Sherman has built a reputation as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country.

Prior to her appointment at HGSE, Dr. Jewell-Sherman served as Superintendent of Richmond Public Schools. During her appointment, 95 percent of Richmond’s lowest performing schools achieved full accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning reform legislation. The school district’s success even prompted an invitation for her to testify before a U.S. House Committee reviewing the federal No Child Left Behind law.

With over thirty years of experience in the public education field, Dr. Jewell-Sherman currently serves as the Director of the Urban Superintendents Program and is the principal investigator for an initiative between the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Dr. Jewell-Sherman holds a B.S. in education from New York University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Kean University, a M.Ed. in Administration and Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.