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Carmen Coleman, Ed.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Next Generation Leadership Academy / Department of Educational Leadership
125 Dickey Hall
(859) 351-5026
Twitter: @kids_inspire

Carmen Coleman, formerly Superintendent of Danville Independent Schools, is now an associate clinical professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. She is the Program Coordinator for the Principal Preparation Program and the Director for the Next Generation Leadership Academy.

While serving as superintendent in Danville, the district focus was to create a system of deeper, personalized learning, one with flexibility designed to inspire students to become strong and enthusiastic learners rather than those who can only clear test score hurdles. As result, Danville was chosen as one of the first Districts of Innovation in the state. Because of their success and work with project-based learning and performance-based assessments, the district was featured on PBS’ NewsHour, in the Harvard Letter, District Administration and multiple times in Tom VanderArk’s Getting Smart blog as well as in many other state and national publications.

Prior to her time in Danville, Carmen served as a director of elementary schools in Fayette County, the second largest school district in Kentucky. In addition, she has been both an elementary school principal and teacher.

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Research categories: Educational Leadership