Des Floyd Dessalines (Des) Floyd, EdLD


  • Adjunct faculty, Organizational & Leadership Psychology


  • BA in English, The Florida State University with a concentration in the Sociology of Education
  • MEd in Curriculum & Practice,  University of Florida with a concentration in Teacher Leadership for School Improvement (TLSI)
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership (EdLD),  Harvard University with a concentration on Leading for Education Equity and System-Level Improvement


  • The Psychology of Racism and Discrimination

Research and Practice Interests

  • Education Equity
  • System-Level Improvement
  • Higher Education
  • State Education/Local Education Agencies
  • Developing School and District Leaders
  • The Science of Learning and Development
  • Innovations in Program & Curriculum Design
  • Virtual Teaching and Leading
  • Competency-Based Education/Leadership
  • Teacher Preparation

Publications and Presentations

Write the Vision and Make It Plain: The Case for an Explicit Focus on Equity & Racial Equity to Accelerate Outcomes in Schools (Floyd, 2019)

Contributions made to Integrating the Science of Learning and Development into Teacher Education (Moore et al., 2020)

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Supports strategic alignment, training, and WJC/T21 DEI programming. Collaborations most often live at the intersection of leadership, equity, and designing systems for accelerated performance and improvement.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Special Assistant to the Commissioner on Equity with the Center for Instructional Support at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE).
  • Director of Clinical Learning and Educator Development at a competency-based graduate school in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • Works with superintendents and principals in school districts across the State of MA to design and implement equity leadership practices that lead to higher outcomes and opportunities for students.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair of the Academic Excellence Committee at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy, voted #1 middle school in Boston for culturally-based education.

Community Engagement

  • Member of the Boston (MA) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.