James Lytle
Adjunct Practice Professor of Educational Leadership


  • Leadership and governance
  • School reform
  • Urban education

James H. Lytle, “Torch,” is adjunct practice professor of educational leadership at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.  From 1998 to 2006 he was superintendent of the Trenton (N.J.) Public Schools, and from 1970 to 1998 he served in a variety of capacities in the School District of Philadelphia, including principal, executive director for research, regional superintendent and assistant superintendent. Lytle has been active in a number of national professional organizations, including the Council of Great City Schools and the American Educational Research Association. His teaching and research interests relate to the efficacy of urban public schools, leadership transitions, and school change.