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Award-winning, nationally recognized education leader.

Meet Dr. Brown

Luvelle Brown is an experienced educator who has held positions as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and Superintendent of Schools. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as the Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. During his tenure in Ithaca, the Ithaca City School District has experienced unprecedented levels of success.

Dr. Brown has received various awards and recognitions. The 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year has been listed by TrustED as one of the nation’s top educators and thought leaders. In 2022, he received the prestigious Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award. Dr. Brown has been recognized by the National School Boards Association as a “20-to-Watch” and “Difference Maker”, received the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Award, and received the 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award. He was selected by the US Department of Education as one of the nation’s top 100 Innovative Superintendents. Along with that distinction, Dr. Brown was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s 1st National Superintendent Summit at the White House. Additionally, Dr. Brown has served on the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) Executive Committee, The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Digital Consortium, The Center for Digital Education Advisory Council, and CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Advisory Panel.

2017 Award Winner

New York State

Superintendent of the Year

Through compelling narratives and insightful strategies, The Call to Courage urges parents, educators, students, and community leaders to confront the forces that seek to politicize education and undermine its democratic principles.

Shaun Nelmsdirector, Center for Urban Education Success, University of Rochester

Leading Ed Solutions: Leader Chat - Moving Forward

Creating a ‘Culture of Love’ Amidst Difficult Times

Presented by Leading Ed Solutions, this unique two-hour event debunks the traditional webinar in favor of compelling discussions with top educators and thought leaders. It’s a chance to have candid conversations about what’s possible in our schools and communities.

Key topics include: equity & courageous conversations, social-emotional health (students & adults), and leading a culture of love during challenging times.

AASA, The School Superintendents Association

2020 National Conference on Education

In this short video, Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca City School District (N.Y.), discusses the power of reflection, the central theme of his book, “Culture of Love”, social and emotional learning, and some of the biggest challenges he has as a superintendent. Brown led a pre-conference workshop at the AASA 2020 National Conference on Education. For more information, visit

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