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Topeka Superintendent Tiffany Anderson to Walk Oscar Red Carpet

Topeka, Kansas, schools Superintendent Tiffany Anderson, a 2015 Education Week Leader to Learn From, will walk the Oscar red carpet this weekend ahead of the 89th Annual Academy Awards, according to the Topeka school district. 

Will she wear her signature white sneakers?


Anderson will be among a select group of individuals who will be walking the carpet on Sunday as a part of a PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) effort aimed at "putting purpose" on the red carpet. It highlights individuals who "have the ability to link to a larger sense of humanity and bring purpose into their personal and professional lives," as Shannon Schuyler, company's chief corporate responsibility and purpose officer, wrote in a blog post on the Huffington Post. 

Other PWC guests will include David Heath, who co-founded Bombas, a sock company that gives away a pair of sock to the homeless for every pair sold, and Cisco Pinedo, the founder and CEO of Cisco Home and Refoundry, a non-profit that trains previously incarcerated individuals to make furniture and start their own business, Schuyler wrote.

Education Week profiled Anderson in 2015 as part of its annual Leaders to Learn From issue for her intense focus in Jennings, Mo., to address the needs of students in poverty.

She opened a food pantry for students and families, added washers and dryers in schools, and expanded learning opportunities for students.  Under Anderson's leadership, the district showed enough academic growth to regain state accreditation in 2015, which it had lost nearly 20 years. 

She became the superintendent in Topeka last summer.

The event will be live-streamed on Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 pm PT  (7:00 p.m. - 7:30pm ET), on the website pwc.to/redcarpet

Photo: Tiffany Anderson, then the superintendent in the Jennings, Mo., school district. --Swikar Patel/Education Week

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