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Alexandra Penn's application

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Dr. Alexandra M. Penn 704 East 6th Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32303 goldenpair@earthlink.net (850) 321-3590 Duval County Public Schools McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.c. Executive Recruitment and Development 7905 L St., Suite 310 Omaha, Nebraska 68127 July 23, 2012 To Whom It May Concern: Please allow this letter and accompanying resume and application represent my intent to apply for the position of
Superintendent of Duval County Schools. It is with great enthusiasm that I request your consideration of
Dr. Alexandra M. Penn 704 East 6th Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32303 goldenpair@earthlink.net (850) 321-3590 Duval County Public Schools McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.c. Executive Recruitment and Development 7905 L St., Suite 310 Omaha, Nebraska 68127 July 23, 2012 To Whom It May Concern: Please allow this letter and accompanying resume and application represent my intent to apply for the position of
Superintendent of Duval County Schools. It is with great enthusiasm that I request your consideration of

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Dr.AlexandraM.Penn 704East6
th
AvenueTallahassee,FL32303 goldenpair@earthlink.net (850)321-3590 DuvalCountyPublicSchools McPherson
&
Jacobson,L.L.c. ExecutiveRecruitmentandDevelopment 7905LSt.,Suite310 Omaha,Nebraska68127 July23,2012 ToWhomItMayConcern: Pleaseallowthisletterandaccompanyingresumeandapplicationrepresentmyintenttoapplyforthepositionof
SuperintendentofDuvalCounty
Schools.
ItiswithgreatenthusiasmthatIrequestyourconsiderationofmyapplication. Asyoureviewmyresumepleasenoticethatmostofmyworkexperiencehascenteredonoptimizinglearning opportunitiesforchildren,youthandyoungadults.Havingservedinavarietyofpositionsandenvironments includingpublicandprivateK-12schools,collegesanduniversities,consultingandresearchorganizationsandlocal andstategovernment;Ihavesoughttobuildsupportfororganizationalimprovementthroughstrategicplanning,the useofdata,shareddecision-makingandstrongleadership. MyuniquedoctoralstudiesallowedmetotakecoursesinboththeSchoolofEducationandtheSchoolofBusiness, thusgivingmeanacademicbackgroundin"ManagementofEducationalPrograms."Thispreparedmeforboththe academicandmanagementsideofstartingschools,businessesandmostimportantlymanagingresources.Pleasenote inmyexperiencesoutlinedbelow,thatIhavehadnumerousopportunitiestoapplymyformalmanagementtraining insuchareasasSixSigmaandtheDMAICprocessofproblem-solving;StrategicPlanningandFacilitativeLeadership. Overtheyears,IhavebeenprivilegedtoworkwithhighlyenergeticandinnovativeleadershipteamsattheFlorida DepartmentofEducation(FDOE),BrevardCommunityCollege,BrevardCountySchoolsandbusinessesthatIhave ownedandoperated.Togetherwewereinstrumentalintheimplementationofnumerouseffortstodevelopdata collectionandreportingsystemsinwhich,forexample,individualstudentdatacouldbetrackedlongitudinallyto determinepreciseyeartoyearlearninggainsaswellaspostsecondaryschoolachievementandemployment.The resultswereincreasedstudentachievement;increasedgraduationrates;andasignificantnarrowingoftheachievement gapforminoritystudents.Ithasbeenprofessionallyrewardingtoseesuchprogressandpersonallyinspiringtobe partofsuchexcitingeducationalimprovements. Pleasenoteafewprofessionalexperiences,whichIbelievedemonstratetheskillsandtalentsrequiredforthe positionof
SuperintendentofDuvalCountySchools:
1.Mostrecently,Ihavefocusedmyconsultingbusiness,GoldenPair
&
Company,onlookingatwaystoimprove outcomesforat-riskhighschoolstudentsby: Analyzingandmakingrecommendationsforalternativesystemsofcurriculum,instructionandassessment DevelopingStandardOperatingProceduresforAlternativePublicCharterSchools Assistinginthedesignandimplementationofweb-basedStudentInformationSystemsthatprovide principalsandteacherswiththetoolstheyneedtomakedata-drivendecisionsaboutinstruction Creatinga"Data-DrivenCulture"inAlternativePublicCharterSchools
 
2.AsFlorida'sAdultEducationDirector,staffandI:
Re-engineeredinternalcontrolsandprocessesfortheGEDtestingofficeUpgradedMISsystemsfortheGEDtestingandMigrantFarmWorkersProgramsImprovedtoolsandmethodstotrackadultlearninggains,postsecondaryenrollmentandcompletion,andemploymentoutcomesDevelopedandimplementedthestrategicplanforastate-wideadulteducationprofessionaldevelopmentsystemSignificantlyraisedadulteducationoutcomesasmeasuredbytheNationalReportingSystemandmetforthefirsttimeinovereightyearsfederallynegotiatedtargets
3.AstheFloridaDepartmentofEducationExecutiveDirectorofIndependentEducationandParentalChoice,mycolleaguesandIincreasedexcellenceandaccountabilityofFlorida'sSchoolChoiceprogramsby:Raisingstudentachievementscoresthroughtheidentification,collectionandanalysisofdatatrendsleadingtonecessarycurricularandprogramchangesIncreasingefficiencyandproductivitythroughstrategicplanningAssistingprincipalswithstaffdevelopmentandclinicalsupervisionpolicies,processesandactionplansAssistinginstructionalleadersalignandintegratecurriculum(horizontallyandvertically)withFloridaSunshineStateStandardsAssistingprincipalsdevelopmethodsforschool-levelaccountabilityandmeasurementIncreasingstate-wideschoolchoiceaccountabilitybyprovidingasystemforanalyzingandsynthesizingCharterSchoolApplicationsandRenewalAppealsforFloridaDepartmentofEducationandBoardofEducationDesigningandperforminglongitudinalstudentachievementstudiesforschoolsofchoicestate-wide,specificallyforthosewithcriticallylowperformingstudents4.AsViceChairfortheBrevardCommunityCollegeBoardofTrustees,myfellowboardmembersandI:Enactedaplantoincreaseaccountabilitythroughgooddatacollectionandanalysisresultinginimprovedstudentachievement
DevelopedpoliciesforprofessionaldevelopmentEnactedaplantomovethecollegetowardaPolicyGovernanceModelinwhichpoliciesweresimplifiedandseparatedfromprocedures(rules),inordertoimprovetheirclarityandaccountabilityIncreasedcustomersatisfactionbyprovidingleadershiptothecollegepresidentfordown-sizingorclosingprogramswhichwerenotservingthecustomers,andforexpandingorcreatingnewprogramswhichsupportedthecommunity'seducationalandeconomicneedsInstitutedanOfficeforInstitutionalAccountability,Research,andMeasurementwhichbecameamodelfor otherFloridaCommunityColleges
5.Asfounderanddirectorofacareeracademy(oneofthefirstinFlorida),staffandIdesignedandimplemented:The
"VirtualLearningModel,"
acurriculumandinstructionalmethodology(penn,A.
&
Williams,D.;IntegratingAcademicandVocationalEducation:ASecondarySchoolModel.ASCD,1996) Astate-widetrainingprogramforeducatorswishingtoreplicatethemodelToolsandmethodsformeasurementandaccountability
AlexandraM.Penn,Ed.D,LetterofApplication,SuperintendentofDuvalCountySchools
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AsIlookbackontheseexperiencesandachievements,Iamcognizantofthefactthatthereisstillmuchmorework tobedone.Aslongasthereisonestudentwhocannotreadordomathatgrade-level,oneyoungadultwhohasnot beenabletoearnahighschooldiploma,onestudentwithadisabilitywhohasnotachievedherself-determined potential,oneparentwhohasnotfoundthebestschoolchoiceforhischild,oneteacherwhodoesnothavethetools sheneedstobethebestteachershecanbe,oroneprincipalwhodoesnotfeelempoweredtodowhatheknowsis rightforhisschool;IwillnotstoptryingtoleveltheeducationalplayingforfieldforALLstudentsandthe professionalswhoservethem.
My
workexperienceswithintheeducationalarenahavebeendiverse,butthesingle unifyingmissionofmyworkhasalwaysbeentoraisethequalityofeducationforALLchildrenforALLchildrencan learn. Iwouldconsideritanhonorandaprivilegetocontinuethis,mylife'sworkandmission,inDuvalCountywhereI believeIcanpartnerwithboardmembers,districtstaff,schoolleaders,teachers,parentsandstudentstomeetthe greatchallengesandopportunitiesofafutureinwhichALLchildrenareservedequitablyinordertoachievetheir highestpersonalpotential. Sincerely, AlexandraM.Penn,EdD.
AlexandraM.Penn,Ed.D,LetterofApplication,SuperintendentofDuvalCountySchools
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