Jeff Rose, who previously worked as superintendent of Fulton County Schools, has started a podcast to discuss educational leadership. EMILY JENKINS/ EJENKINS@AJC.COM
Photo: Emily Jenkins
Photo: Emily Jenkins

In new podcast, former Fulton superintendent promises peek ‘under the hood’

Former Fulton County Schools superintendent Jeff Rose has launched a podcast to discuss his ideas about educational leadership. 

Rose, who resigned from Georgia’s fourth largest school district last year, released the first two episodes of the “Leading Education with Jeff Rose” podcast last week. 

“My intent here is to let people look under the hood. School districts are very complicated and very nuanced and exciting, and I will tell you that assumptions get made and sometimes they’re correct and many times they are not, and I want to help people understand,” Rose said, in the show’s first episode. 

He said he doesn’t plan to get into details about specific places where he’s worked, describing his departure from Fulton County Schools as “a personal decision.” 

“I walked out with my head very high,” he said. “We achieved incredible results that I am just really really proud of, but I’m at this place right now, I’m in this personal transition with my own career.” 

In the first episode, Rose told the podcast’s co-host, Jason Pace, that he agreed to Pace’s podcast idea because he still has a “thirst” to talk about education. 

Rose highlighted the topics he plans to discuss in upcoming episodes, including strategic leadership, collaborative culture, and school equity. 

He said he’ll also talk about the importance of engaging the community in the work of educating students, saying that faith-based partners and civic leaders have “a major role in supporting schools. 

The Fulton County school board currently is searching for a person to replace Rose. The board hired Cindy Loe, a former superintendent, to return to lead the district as an interim until it finds a permanent replacement, which it hopes to do before the next school year begins.

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