Superintendent of Nationally Renowned High School will Highlight 'Leading by Design' Reforms at NDE Conference

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - June 15, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Eric Twadell, Ph.D., nationally recognized for his scholarship in school reform, will highlight the upcoming Nevada Department of Education’s (NDE) Leadership Network, to be held June 22-23 at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno. Twadell is superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois where he has been a social studies teacher, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent for leadership and organizational development.

“With our focus on school improvement in Nevada, we are very lucky to have Dr. Twadell presenting at our leadership conference,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has described Stevenson High School as the most recognized and celebrated school in America. Additionally, Stevenson High School is one of the first comprehensive schools designated by the USDOE as a New American High School and is recognized as a model of successful school reform.”

Participants in the conference will receive a complimentary edition of Twadell’s book “Leading by Design.”

NDE is offering this unique professional learning opportunity for district and school leadership teams. The Leadership Network is part of the NDE’s overall system of support for struggling schools.  It is designed to strengthen the essential skills and competencies of leaders in these schools. 

There are 41 schools from 10 counties plus State Charter Schools in Nevada participating in the Network this year.  All travel and attendance costs are reimbursed through the Turnaround Program funding passed by the 2015 Legislature.

In the spring of 2015, NDE along with external stakeholders developed Nevada’s Theory of Action in an effort to improve and support underperforming schools with a structured diagnostic and planning process. The Theory of Action focuses on three priority areas:  School Leadership, Tier 1 instruction that is aligned to state standards, and developing a system of Professional Learning Communities that will encourage administrators and teachers to analyze and use data to strengthen instruction. The Network will focus on all three of these priorities.

The overall goal of the Network is to strengthen leadership capacity to implement the Theory of Action elements and  to create a collaborative Network between multiple districts, principals and the NDE for problem-solving, sharing of ideas, and support.