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Shaun Nelms

Associate Professor (Clinical), Superintendent East High EPO; William & Sheila Konar Director of the Center for Urban Education Success
Educational Leadership
LeChase Hall 432
(585) 324-3651
EdD, University of Rochester (K-12 school leadership)
MS, University of Rochester (educational administration)
BS, State University of New York - College at Fredonia (education)

Shaun Nelms is the current superintendent of East High School, a new position created by the partnership between the University of Rochester and East High. He oversees the hiring of all administrative and staff positions as well as the day-to-day operations of the East High Educational Partnership Organization (EPO).
An experienced school leader, Nelms previously served as deputy superintendent for the Greece Central School District. Before his time in Greece, he was an administrator in the Rochester School District, serving as a chief of schools for the Northeast Zone from 2009-12, where he successfully supervised more than 20 schools and led implementation of the NYS Regents reform initiative. He also has been a middle school principal of Rush-Henrietta Central School District and an assistant principal of Greece Arcadia High School and Greece Odyssey Academy, where he began his career as a school administrator. He is also a former Greece and RCSD classroom teacher.
Nelms, a graduate of the Warner School, has been a frequent speaker on topics related to cultural competence, differentiation, and administrative leadership. At Warner, he also teaches courses on teaching and leadership in urban school settings. Nelms is active in several community organizations and has been honored with numerous awards for his leadership and work in education. Most recently, he was a recipient of the Genesee Valley ASCD Leadership Award in 2013.

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In the News

11/08/2019 Shaun Nelms on the Progress of East High Under Receivership on WXXI News
10/21/2019 EdSurge Q&A With Shaun Nelms: How Partnering with a Local University Saved This School From Closure
10/04/2019 Shaun Nelms on Trauma Informed Education on Connect NY | WCNY
9/16/2019 Shaun Nelms on Transforming a School on The Brian Mendler Show Podcast
8/05/2019 Shaun Nelms on ROC the Future in Rochester Business Journal
7/19/2019 WXXI Connections: Discussing the University of Rochester EPO’s Progress Report for East High School
7/03/2019 Shaun Nelms Named ROC the Future Chair
6/30/2019 WXXI-TV Need to Know: What is East High's Next Chapter?
6/26/2019 WHAM-TV: East Student Credits Partnership with U of R for Helping Him Graduate
6/01/2019 University of Rochester-East EPO featured in The Education Trust-New York’s Educator Diversity Playbook
5/19/2019 Shaun Nelms's Commencement Address to Fredonia Graduates 
5/19/2019 Shaun Nelms Challenges Graduates to Transform Society 
5/10/2019 Shaun Nelms on East High-University of Rochester EPO Partnership Extension
5/05/2019 Shaun Nelms on the Positive Trajectory of the UR-East High Partnership in Rochester Beacon
4/16/2019 Urban Educational Pioneer Shaun Nelms to Deliver Fredonia Commencement Address
3/01/2019 East High Soul Food Throw Down Featured in the News
2/26/2019 Shaun Nelms Featured in Spectrum News Black History Month Segment
1/28/2019 Fredonia Alumni Magazine Features Shaun Nelms
1/03/2019 Valerie Marsh and Shaun Nelms Write About Improving Urban School Attendance for District Administration Magazine
12/11/2018 Shaun Nelms Shares His Leadership Journey on LeadNOW Podcast (Episode 2 | Part 2)
12/03/2018 Shaun Nelms Shares His Leadership Journey on LeadNOW Podcast (Episode 2 | Part 1)
11/15/2018 Shaun Nelms Keynotes ROC the Future’s 6th Annual State of Our Children Report Card
10/23/2018 Shaun Nelms on the Learning and Education Needs of Young Men of Color on WXXI
10/10/2018 Shaun Nelms on East EPO as a Model for Other schools in The Buffalo News
8/22/2018 Shaun Nelms on the Progress of the East-UR Partnership in City Newspaper
8/02/2018 UR/East EPO Partnership Launches Step to College Program
7/15/2018 Shaun Nelms Contributes Opinion Essay on Multiculturalism in The Buffalo News
6/20/2018 $2.5 Million Gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation Supports Urban Education Success
6/20/2018 Democrat & Chronicle: How an RCSD School Raised Its Graduation Rate by 20 Points in Three Years With Innovation 
6/14/2018 Shaun Nelms on East High's Rising Graduation Rate on Spectrum News
4/11/2018 Shaun Nelms on Shielding Kids From Negative Stereotypes on WXXI Connections
3/23/2018 Shaun Nelms Presents at NY EdTech Week 
3/21/2018 Second Annual Symposium to Showcase Local School Reform Efforts on April 28
3/09/2018 Shaun Nelms on Helping Students Combat Cyberbullying on Spectrum News
11/20/2017 Shaun Nelms Delivers MEL Talk on UR/East Partnership
11/16/2017 Video: Remaking East, the Community's School
11/16/2017 All in at East:  An In-Depth Look at the University’s Partnership with East High
9/28/2017 Community Update on University of Rochester/East EPO Partnership on WXXI
6/24/2017 USA Today: WWII Veteran Honored at East High Graduation
6/01/2017 Shaun Nelms, Pedro Noguera Discuss Equity & Excellence in Schools on WXXI
5/16/2017 The Chronicle of Higher Education: "How a University Helped Save a Failing High School"
4/14/2017 Event Promotes “Excellence Through Equity” in Rochester Area Schools
11/30/2016 City Newspaper: The Pressure is on for East High
10/31/2016 WBFO-FM Coverage of NYSSBA Conference on Educational Equity (Featuring East EPO Superintendent Shaun Nelms as a Panelist)
9/22/2016 Shaun Nelms on Teacher Diversity in City Newspaper
9/21/2016 Wednesday Lunch Talk - Update on East
9/16/2016 Shaun Nelms on East-UR Partnership on WXXI-TV's Need to Know
9/09/2016 WROC-TV Feature on East's Second Year of UR Partnership
7/18/2016 A Year in Review for East in the Democrat & Chronicle
4/25/2016 First-Ever East College Pep Rally Featured on 13WHAM-TV
4/05/2016 Superintendent Shaun Nelms on Bringing Change to East in March/April 2016 Post
3/01/2016 East EPO Superintendent Shaun Nelms Makes Cover of March/April Issue of POST 
1/04/2016 Shaun Nelms and George Moses Write Speaking Out Essay on the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
12/04/2015 WXXI Connections: East's Partnership with the University of Rochester
11/17/2015 Democrat and Chronicle Highlights Signs of Progress at East
9/23/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour - The New East: A Progress Report
9/09/2015 Statement from East Superintendent Shaun Nelms on the First Day of School
9/08/2015 A New Chapter at East - Local News Coverage
9/03/2015 East Staff and Students to Ring in the New School Year on Sept. 8
8/31/2015 Warner Faculty Contribute Opinion Essay in District Administration
8/28/2015 Shaun Nelms on East's Future on Time Warner Cable News
8/27/2015 Shaun Nelms Assumes the Role of Superintendent of University of Rochester/East EPO
8/18/2015 East Holds Student Orientations in August
6/20/2015 East High Mascot Name Change Featured in USA Today
6/18/2015 East High School Announces New “Eagles” Mascot 
6/17/2015 Warner Professors Take Part in Local Anti-Poverty Program
3/16/2015 Marlene Blocker and Anibal Soler Appointed Principals of East High School
1/29/2015 Shaun Nelms Named Deputy Superintendent of East High School

EDU421 Human Resource Management
ED465 School Governance and the Rights of Students and Teachers
ED468 Leadership in Urban Schools