Principal Wayman

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Principal Wayman is a passionate education advocate with an unwavering belief in the potential of all children. She grew up in North Philadelphia, where she experienced firsthand the injustice perpetrated against poor students in their education. She has dedicated her career to ending that injustice and helping students succeed in school and beyond.

Principal Wayman is CEO of Principal Wayman Consulting and founder and leader of CurrentlyTrending, a nonprofit that helps students escape poverty by providing them with direct coaching, resources, and support to graduate high school and lead a life of purpose.

Principal Wayman spent 20 years as a special education teacher before becoming principal of FitzSimons High School, The Young Women’s Leadership School at Rhodes High School and Strawberry Mansion High School. She spent two years as assistant superintendent of high schools for the School District of Philadelphia, directly overseeing all of the district’s 52 high schools.

Principal Wayman’s powerful leadership and the success of her students have caused people to take notice. From over 8,000 nominees from around the world, she was a top 50 finalist for the 2016 Global Teacher Prize. Her many other awards and honors include the Lucretia Mott Award and the Philadelphia Magazine Trailblazer Award.

Diane Sawyer and her team spent an entire school year documenting Principal Wayman’s efforts, which were featured on both ABC World News Tonight and Nightline. Her May 2015 TED Talk has been viewed over two million times and been transcribed in 31 different languages. In August 2017, Principal Wayman released a book, Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard: Finding Your Purpose and Putting it To Work, which chronicles her experiences and captures the leadership lessons she’s learned along the way.

Principal Wayman earned her BA from Kutztown University, her MA from St. Joseph’s University, and honorary doctorates from Alvernia University, St. Joseph’s University and Kutztown University. Her greatest accomplishment is the love and success of her two daughters.

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Principal Wayman will present their Keynote Address at the Opening General Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 8:45am-9:45am in the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Do you have a relevant and thoughtful question for Principal Wayman? Help guide and shape the community conversation, click here to submit your questions by April 15, 2023.

Meet the Authors

Principal Wayman will also be participating in our Meet the Authors event on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 9:45am-10:15am in the Exhibit Hall. You can pre-purchase their book in your online account.

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Finding Your Purpose and Putting It to Work

Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard offers real, actionable advice for those seeking to change the education system from within. While countless books, articles, and speeches decry the challenges disadvantaged students in low-performing schools face, no one has offered a clear path forward through these challenges—until now.

Author Linda Cliatt-Wayman, principal of Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, grew up in the same North Philadelphia neighborhood where she now leads and fought every single day for the chance to become a part of the solution. Today, she is a turnaround principal and popular TED Talk speaker who helps children living in poverty achieve more than they ever thought possible. In Lead Fearlessly, Love Hard, she provides hope, optimism, and a call to action to help all students reach their true potential. Steadfast leadership and clear principles can overcome almost anything, and this book shows you how to focus your passion, apply your skills, and lead your students down the path to a better future.

  • Discover and develop the leader within
  • Take responsibility and move forward every day
  • Give each student the critical interaction they crave
  • Be a force for real, positive change in neighborhood schools

Highlighting the intersection of strong visionary and strategic thinking with on-the-ground, day-to-day implementation, this narrative-driven guide tells the stories of real students and educators to show how clear principles and strong guidance can turn around schools—and the students they serve.  

Getting to Know Principal Wayman

BOOST is proud to bring prominent experts, researchers, and leaders to our General Sessions. We have created a useful guide to support your learning prior to attending the BOOST Conference. Download our guide on 5 Ways to Educate Your Team on Principal Wayman and share these with your team so you know what to expect from our 2023 BOOST Conference Keynote Speaker.

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Getting to Know Principal Wayman

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