Dr. Nicole Sanders is currently Assistant Principal (Instructional Manager) at Wexler-Grant Community School in New Haven, CT. As an educational leader, she has transitioned from a teacher leader, curriculum developer, and instructional coach to serving as the catalyst in facilitating district and school reform initiatives. Dr. Sanders conducts professional development in research-based (data-driven decision making process, tiered instructional and behavioral practices, assessment practices, curriculum mapping, and responsive classroom) strategies necessary for sustainable organizational change. She serves as a board member for the Consolidated School District of New Britain, Leadership, Education, Athletics in Partnership (a non-profit youth service organization) and Hope Development Center (early childhood center). Dr. Sanders was awarded Civil Educator of the Year in 2004 and New Haven Savings Bank Teacher of Excellence Award in 2000. She was also a 2004 Fulbright Hays Educators’ Field School in Ghana Fellow. Her research foci and interests are urban school leadership and organizational change. She received her Doctorate in Education and Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of Hartford.