Arlando Smith

Arlando Smith is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at San Jose State University. Prior to becoming a college instructor, Arlando was a high school teacher, high school principal, middle school principal and district office administrator.

After leaving the school, Arlando became a program manager at the New Teacher Center at UC Santa Cruz and the Stupski Foundation. This foundation matched his passion for equity and social justice, along with his passion for educational success for students in urban environments. He has served as a facilitator at the Stanford School Redesign Network and as a consultant with WestEd, using best practices in school reform in underperforming schools and districts. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from California State University at Fullerton and his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Management from the University of La Verne.

Arlando believes, “The demand to educate ALL children requires a genuine commitment to equity and social justice. Social justice educators must be willing and able to explicitly confront issues of racism, sexism, gender, classism and other “isms” prevalent in the larger American society.” He envisions communities being transformed as school leaders place greater emphasis on service and issues directly related to social justice.

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