Dr. Shawn Joseph

Dr. Shawn Joseph’s passion for equity and social justice has led him to serve in a number of positions in the world of education. He has been an English teacher, school administrator, central office administrator, and superintendent in Maryland, Delaware, and Tennessee. His most recent work as the superintendent of Metro Nashville Public Schools (Director of Schools), resulted in schools that became more equitable as the district saw accelerated growth for all student groups in both reading and mathematics Pre-K through grade 5. In addition, the number of students at the high school level completing advanced coursework doubled, the number of students earning industry certifications nearly doubled while suspensions dramatically were reduced and new initiatives like STEAM were implemented at both the elementary and secondary level.
Executive Coaching
Executive Coaching is available for the following positions:
  1. Superintendents
  2. Cabinet Members
  3. Principals
  4. Assistant Principals
Strategic Planning
Develop a strategy to engage stakeholders, gather input, develop key performance indicators, identify strategies, and a plan to implement to achieve organizational results


Executive Searches
Executive Searches can be supported for the following roles:
  1. Superintendent
  2. Cabinet Members
  3. Principals
  4. Foundation Leaders


Business Development

Support for start-up companies and established companies to increase market share and connect with key constituents at the local, state, and federal level







Race & America’s Schools: A Panel Discussion – YouTube

Tennessean Tribune FINDING JOSEPH


Science of Reading: The Podcast

Improvement Science is Only as Good as the Mindset You Bring to the Work


Dr. Shawn Joseph: Tribune’s Person of the Year

By Ms. June NASHVILLE, TN — For the past two years, the city of Nashville, its media and Metro Nashville Public Schools spent more focus on the personal life and missteps of Dr. Shawn Joseph that he ended up gracefully bowing out of his multi-year contract. With an...

The Real Problem With Dr. Shawn Joseph

The calendar may say it’s 2019, but for some white folks and stupid black folks, it will never be the right time for a Black man to be in charge of anything. Especially if that man is smart, confident, experienced, and unwilling to act as though it’s a privilege and...

Dr. Shawn Joseph Accepts New Role at Fordham University

Dr. Shawn Joseph, Former Metro Nashville Director of Schools, will continue his fight for equity and excellence for all children as a newly appointed Visiting Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Fordham University.  Dr. Joseph shared,...