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Felicia Cumings Smith

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Jefferson County Public Schools

Felicia C. Smith is the former Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the 26th largest urban district in the country, Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Kentucky). There she provided oversight of the district’s strategies for implementing curriculum and instruction, federal programs, library media supports, and professional learning. These efforts are focused on the district’s vision for deeper and more personalized learning for students and educators. Prior to that, she served as a Sr. Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developing and implementing the Principal and Teacher Leadership strategy. Before joining the foundation and a role with the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), Smith served as an associate commissioner at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). During her tenure at KDE, she led the college and career-ready strategies focused on the implementation of new standards, educator effectiveness and professional learning systems, and special education. She also has experience in higher education as a faculty/lecturer in teacher preparation.

She received her doctoral degree in educational administration and instruction with an emphasis on leadership and instruction from the University of Kentucky. There she also completed her Rank I to receive her school superintendent certification. Her master’s and bachelor’s degrees are from the University of Louisville in Elementary Education with a K-12 reading specialist endorsement.