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Summer Principals Academy NYC
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Gwendolyn Lewis

Gwendolyn’s career in education has spanned over 40 years. The career includes 13 years of teaching mildly to severely handicapped students, Instructional Diagnostician, Advisor, Special Education Supervisor, Regional Coordinator for Equity, and Special Education Leader. Gwendolyn was named a Ruth Wright Hayre Scholar for excellence in teaching. She also served as consultant to the School District’s Special Education Leadership Academy Initiative with Temple University. Gwendolyn is a member of the staff at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. As a part of a world-class scholar-practitioners team, Gwendolyn provides the instruction and support that includes engagement in dialogue regarding emerging concepts and practices facing leaders in large district schools, new innovative small schools and charter schools. Aspiring school leaders are encouraged to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school improvement, social equity and opportunity. She is the former Director of Special Education Services and Compliance for the School District of Philadelphia. As Director, Gwendolyn successfully led her department in translating policy into practice in exploring the meaning and implications of “access to the general curriculum” and ensuring every student’s opportunity to access that curriculum Gwendolyn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Cheyney University, Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Temple University, Pennsylvania, and Supervision Certifications from Pennsylvania State University and St. Joseph’s University, Pennsylvania.