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Leading for Liberation:

Competencies Every Leader and Institution Needs 

Gain insights from educator and author Dr. Mary Rice-Boothe as she delves into the intricate dynamics of leadership amidst diverse landscapes. Hear about her competency framework and how it looks in practice.

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The Framework


Advice and Best Practices

How can others be successful at
individual liberation and navigate with
confidence in their spaces?

How can we balance serving leadership well
while also upholding high standards and
requiring research-backed instructional
practices in schools?


The Presenter

Dr. Rice Boothe

Dr. Mary B. Rice-Boothe

Executive Director, Curriculum Development and Equity at The Leadership Academy

Mary Rice-Boothe, Ed.D., joined the NYC Leadership Academy in 2015 and currently serves as Executive Director, Curriculum Development and Equity. In this role, she oversees the Leadership Academy’s internal and external equity strategy, design, and collaboration. At the Leadership Academy, she has had the opportunity to partner with school systems across the country to support them in implementing their equity policies. Mary has also supported the development of equity-focused resources for district-level leaders looking to name and dismantle the inequitable practices they are seeing at the
school and district level.

Mary came to the Leadership Academy with more than 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, principal, mentor, and coach. Before joining TLA, she worked at New Leaders, a national non-profit organization, as Executive Director of Content and Assessment, leading the team that designed, developed, and delivered content and assessments for the organization.

She began her career in education as a high school English teacher in East Harlem. Mary is a certified Courageous Conversations about Race Affiliate and a certified Facilitative Leadership Trainer. She sits on the board of Marathon Kids. Mary holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies from New York University, an MA in English and English Education from the City College of New York, and a Doctorate Degree in Leadership and Organizational Change from the University of Southern California. Her book, Leading Within Systems of Inequity in Education: A Liberation Guide for Leaders of Color was published by ASCD in March 2023. Mary lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her mom, husband, daughter, and son.


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