Transforming Schools for Excellence

Tiffany Anderson

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Dr. Tiffany Anderson presents: Transforming Schools for Excellence: Serving the Whole Child

Dr. Anderson will share practical culturally relevant instructional strategies and systems that can be implemented in classrooms and across school districts. Educators will gain practical strategies they can use immediately to have a significant impact on student learning. Key terms will be introduced to participants and research-based models will be shared that were incorporated in Topeka to continue to engage students during a pandemic. The strategies Dr. Anderson’s team used resulting in the district’s 2018 National School Board Association Magna Award for the district’s Equity Institute will be shared with participants. During the session, participants will gain instructional tools to engage parents, they will view instructional models that can be used during a pandemic and they will gain practical strategies that serve the whole child.

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Tiffany Anderson

Dr. Tiffany Anderson is the first African American female superintendent of Topeka Public schools and she has been a public school educator for over 27 years, with the majority of that time as superintendent. In addition to her role as superintendent, Dr. Anderson advises Kansas on postsecondary and equity policies. In 2019, Kansas Governor, Governor Laura Kelly, appointed Dr. Anderson to the Postsecondary Technical Education Authority (TEA), as part of the Kansas Board of Regents and in 2020, Governor Kelly appointed Dr. Anderson to Co-Chair the Governor’s Kansas Commission on Racial Equity and Justice.


Dr. Anderson has served as a public and postsecondary health advocate and has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps for students in multiple states. While superintendent in Virginia, Dr. Anderson led Montgomery County Public Schools in earning the Virginia Governor’s Competence to Excellence Award and after leading as superintendent in Missouri, the Washington Post referred to Dr. Anderson as, “The Woman who made schools work for the poor.” During her tenure in Kansas and in Missouri, the achievement scores, graduation rate and college placement rate have increased. Topeka has received national awards for three consecutive years under Dr. Anderson for their leadership in trauma informed systems for schools, creating systems for youth in crises and for innovation.