Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Layla Avila and Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith to the iNACOL Board of Directors. Their terms run from 2019 to 2023.
Layla Avila (@Layla__Avila) serves as CEO/Executive Director of Education Leaders of Color, which she founded along with Kaya Henderson, Aimée Eubanks Davis, and 18 other prominent education leaders to expand the faces, voices, and emphases of education efforts and build the bridges needed to create transformational change at scale.
"I am honored to join the board of iNACOL, an organization that is driven by a mission I believe in," said Avila. "Together we will work to redefine the purpose and expectations of our education system and ensure that all children attain high levels of academic skills and are successfully prepared for the next stage of their development. It is critical that, as we innovate, we ensure our innovations expand opportunity for students and communities of color. I'm excited to work with the iNACOL community to ensure our collective work is working for all students."
Dr. Felicia C. Smith (@JCPSAsstSuptTL) is an Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at the 26th largest urban district in the country, Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Kentucky). There she provides oversight of the district’s strategies for implementing curriculum and instruction, federal programs, library media supports, and professional learning.
“I have seen firsthand what happens when innovation meets day-to-day practice. I’m excited to help draw insights from what we are learning from bright spots all around the country and from what we are learning from research to make a greater impact on students’ learning experiences," she said. "I’ve been a fan of iNACOL, from a distance for many years. Its mission and vision match exactly the commitments I have made, and the core values especially are compass points for my career. I am thrilled to be a part of iNACOL and looking forward to the next five to 10 to 20 years of the organization advancing this work.”
Read on to learn more about Avila and Cumings Smith.