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12550 Mission Hills Circle S - Jacksonville, Florida 32225
Home Phone (904)-998-0566 e-mail: Leroyk@duvalschools.org
July 21, 2012
Honorable Members of the Duval County School Board 1701 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Dear Honorable School Board Members,
After thoughtful consideration, please accept this letter of intent and the submission of supporting documents to express my interest and opportunity to be considered by the Duval County School Board as a possible candidate for the Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools. As an educator for over 27 years, my entire professional career has occurred in large urban settings. I have spent the majority of my career (21 years) in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fifth largest school district in the country and more recently in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) for the last 5 years which is the largest district. These invaluable experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with multiple diverse communities and students including the largest English-language learner (ELL) population, as well as, the district with the largest African American population in the State of Florida. Based on proven success in building capacity of teachers and leadership and raising student achievement in very low performing schools, I believe my contribution as a Superintendent will be beneficial to the educational growth and success of all of our children.
I am currently serving as the DCPS Chief Academic Officer and cabinet member reporting directly to the Superintendent of Schools. My responsibilities include providing leadership and direction for the Duval County School Board's Theory of Action and all aspects of their vision for an Aligned Instructional System. I coordinate the development and implementation of all curriculum areas, instruction, assessment and professional development for over 170 schools, K-12. With this role, I am also responsible for managing over $195M of local, State and Federal funding. Prior to my current role in DCPS, I was the Chief Officer of Mathematics and Science for a short 11 months, managing all aspects of the K-12 Mathematics and Science program for the school district. Additionally, before coming to Duval County, I was an Executive Director for Science in M-DCPS where I gained extensive experience working to bridge research and practice by implementing a National Science Foundation (NSF) research project with the University of Miami. The project entitled Promoting Science among English Language Learners (PSELL)in a
High-Stakes Testing Policy Context examined elementary practices in teaching science to English-language learners.
My educational and professional experiences, along with my passion for teaching and learning have created the foundation for my role of Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools as demonstrated by my making the final rounds of applicant selection out of over 750 applicants for the Broad Superintendent's Academy and one of the final seven applicants for the recent Baltimore County, Maryland Superintendent search. As Chief Academic Officer, my current responsibilities include:
Providing annual evaluations and manage 9 Executive Directors, 16 Directors, 27 Supervisors, 20 Coordinators and over 225+ support staff that include specialists, coaches, technical managers and clerical; Assigned as acting Deputy Superintendent whenever she was out of the office;
Have extensive experience in district and school budgeting and manage all categorical funds (Title I-X, SAI, K-12 Reading, IDEIA) of approximately $195M for the upcoming 2012-13 school year. Additionally, oversee numerous federal and state grants including Race-to-the Top and School Improvement Grant (SIG) 1003G; Work with Cluster Chiefs to oversee and monitor implementation of District Theory of Action; Have developed, implemented principals and school staff in the
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and supported the District Turnaround model;
Worked extensively with the principal and staff of persistently low performing schools and F graded schools (Intervene status based on Florida Accountability) Work regularly with the 7 School Board members to ensure effective communication information on student achievement; and
Steadily demonstrated student achievement gains and gap closure in reading, mathematics and science over the last four years; however, have not arrived yet with all students proficient.
My broad-based background including expertise in current reform and research, standardsbased curriculum alignment and development, professional development, support of low performing students through Turnaround strategies, and instructional assessment has framed my vision for teaching and learning. My vision for educating our children is to serve as the catalyst for ensuring that, district-wide, all of our children are engaged in rigorous and relevant learning opportunities that will prepare them for post-secondary opportunities. Change and positive student results take time and continued persistent focus and effort. Many Florida districts face similar challenges in accelerating student achievement especially in reading, eliminating the achievement gap, building capacity of leadership and teachers and shifting to a belief system that support and nurture all children. I believe that building a culture of trust and capacity across all levels of the district is essential to meet the ever changing
dynamics of public education. In the role of Superintendent, I will not be satisfied with the current percent of students at proficiency across the content areas, especially reading, until every child is reading and doing mathematics and science on grade level. My vision as the Duval County Superintendent is leaving a legacy of increased student achievement through intentional work in building teacher capacity, effective leadership and community partnerships. I thank you for the opportunity in accepting my application for consideration of this pivotal role. Sincerely,
Kathryn M. LeRoy
Duval County Public Schools
Application Information Form
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Kathryn M. LeRoy 12550 Mission Hills Circle South Jacksonville FL
(904) 390-2522 (904) 998-0566 (904) 563-0160 firstname.lastname@example.org
Record of Professional Institution
(in reverse chronology) Graduation Date 1980 1983 2002 Pending Major Animal Science Animal Nutrition and Physiology Educational Leadership Teaching and Learning Degree Bachelor of Science Master of Science FLDOE Certification Data Collection for Dissertation
University of Maryland, College Park, MD University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL University of Miami, Miami, FU New York University, New York, NY
Record of Professional Title Area Center for Educational Enhancement Curriculum Specialist K-12 Science Supervisor Executive Director-Science Chief of Math and Science Chief Academic Officer
(in reverse chronology) District State FL Enrollment 350,000+
Dates Dec 1997 to Dec 1998
FLDOE/MiamiDade County Public Schools
Jan 1999 March 2004 June 2007 July 2008
March 2004 May 2007 June 2008 Pres.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami-Dade County Public Schools Duval County Public Schools Duval County Public Schools
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The School Board has identified the following qualities for the superintendent
Please respond to each of the qualities stressing your experience, strengths, and abilities in each area, limiting your responses to between 200 and 300 words for each item.
1. A leader who solicits, respects and values the input of stakeholders at all levels of the organization and who has demonstrated leadership in utilizing that input to create and sustain a culture of shared decision-making.
As a People/Relations-Oriented Leader, I am fully dedicated to organizing, supporting, and developing a diverse team of highly-effective members with the vision of educating children and serving as the catalyst for ensuring that, district-wide, all children are engaged in rigorous and relevant learning opportunities. I approach each academic initiative with open communication and dialog through soliciting feedback and input from all stakeholders including students, parents, teachers, principals, district leaders, union members, and community organizations and business leaders. Through an open door policy, focus groups, surveys, and district and schoolbased meetings, I have on-going conversations with stakeholders to brainstorm input, implementation strategies, next steps, potential challenges and strategies to guarantee successful execution of all academic endeavors. Currently, I am facilitating the Teacher Workload committee in collaboration with the Duval Teachers Union (DTU) with the intent to reduce the workload placed on our teachers and increase moral. This process exemplifies my leadership attributes of valuing others opinions, respect, open communication and consensus building across multiple stakeholder groups. In collaboration with DTU, I have facilitated multiple meetings and focus groups of teachers, Cluster leadership and principals to ensure that our teachers have more dedicated time to teach through reducing redundancy and requirements, honoring teacher planning time and streamlining the multiple mandates that our teachers are faced with on a daily basis. There are numerous other examples of respect for and collaboration with all stakeholders through the design, development, and implementation of all curricular projects, summer learning across the community, and the Turnaround work that I have been involved in. My staff and I continue to follow this approach and receive extensive input with all academic decisions through analyzing achievement data, prioritizing funding and multiple conversations to reach consensus on continual improvement to meet the needs of the schools and most importantly our students.
2. A leader who supports and empowers principals, organizational and student performance outcomes.
and staff to improve
I always encourage dialogue that leads all principals, teachers and staff to utilize the tools and framework to become empowered in every academic effort. As a leader, I believe it is essential to empower staff; however, with that comes a responsibility to broaden their educational lens through current research to inform best practice in teaching and learning, access and use of relevant student data, using multiple resources, and deepening leadership and teacher capacity to make the most effective decisions for children. Empowerment also requires accountability at the school level through fixed goals and performance measures based on data, a well-informed principal core, a stable core of highly effective teachers and flexible business systems to support innovation across schools. Dramatic increases in student achievement have demonstrated that DCPS is ready to move from a tightly-coupled managed system to an empowerment system. As we transition to the very rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS); curriculum, instructional practice and assessment as we know it will be dramatically transformed. With this
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anticipated instructional shift. In my current role, I am linking DCPS to current best practice and research with preeminent institutions that are leading the national CCSS plan including the Dana Center, Aspen Institute, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, and the opportunity to collaborate with 16 large districts to refine the work. This capacity-building partnership will cultivate one DCPS vision and learning community for all stakeholders by providing a deeper understanding of the and the implications for our students and community. It is through this networking, professional learning and capacity-building that leadership and teachers will be empowered to lead urban educational reform and move from a tightly-coupled managed system to inspired ways for innovation and further accelerate student achievement.
3. A proactive visionary, able to consider, plan and implement systemic change that increase the district's ability to recognize and respond to current and future challenges as they arise.
Many have shared with me that one of my greatest strengths is as an innovator and a visionary. These strengths have for the past 27 years, fueled my passion for every student achieving and. has framed my approach to systemic thinking. With students always at the forefront, I am deeply versed in current research and best practice of teaching and learning; educational policy, budgetary practice and business and community needs. My expertise has afforded me the opportunity to remain on the cutting-edge of reform efforts across urban school districts, use measurable targets and outcomes to drive change in teaching and learning across the system, review innovative practices for the USDOE being implemented across the country, lead and participate in state and national professional organizations, and bridge educational research to classroom practice. In order to successfully implement systemic change, an effective organizational system that encompasses input from all stakeholders across the system and community is essential. For the district to recognize, consider, plan and respond to current and future challenges there must be a model of interconnected ness, culture of trust and cooperation with all stakeholders as experts taking ownership and understanding the importance of their contribution to the whole. In my role it will be essential to foster continuous improvement system wide, cultivate public and political support and buy-in through effective management, allow avenues for flexibility based on the needs of the system, build networks of collaboration and trust, align federal, state and local policies, and provide support for empowering effective instructional leaders and teachers.
4. Someone with strong organizational and leadership skills, able to collaboratively align and focus internal and external stakeholders' efforts to accelerate progress on achieving the district's goals for student and organizational performance.
The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for effectively leading all functions, operations and system processes for the school district. In my current capacity as Chief Academic Officer, I have consistently built collaborative relationships that have supported my academic focus to accelerate student achievement. By working with all internal and external stakeholders to implement and execute core strategies that produce results across the school district, I have been able to dramatically increase student achievement through the design of a feeder pattern approach to build sustained programs and achievement gains for our lowest performing schools; support increase access and student success in acceleration programs; and based on best practice secure funding through major Foundations. Public education's changing vision, to ensure that all students are college and career ready with the ability to compete on a global level, dictates the need for a new type of Superintendent one that is a dynamic visionary, flexible to change, but has a deep core understanding of the
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need for balance across the organization and community. Today's superintendent must be able to organize and manage human and capital resources that respond quickly to change and can maintain focus on continued increases in district improvement. As an educational leader, I have crafted methods that allow me to create systems that are sustainable and innovative through the building of strong relationships with both internal and external partners within the Jacksonville, other large urban districts in the state of Florida, and many other stakeholders nationally. Out of these relationships, I have been able to guide our schools and staff to building a common shared understanding and purpose that is focused on raising the academic status of the great work that is being done in Duval, as well as charting new avenues with large foundations which support the strategic goals of the district.
5. A person of integrity who is trustworthy and whose relationships, with the board and across the district, are predicated on honest and open communications.
Sometimes superintendents must make unpopular decisions in the best interest of the district, students and staff; therefore, it is imperative to always be honest and transparent in those decisions with the Board, staff and the community to ensure open dialog and trust. One such unpopular decision was based on insufficient student progress in reading at grade 3, requiring a retention policy be established for K-2 students not at grade level proficiency. My team and I fully support this policy and are confident that the additional time through summer learning will increase student achievement in reading. To support honest open communication we provided multiple venues to discuss the need for the policy throughout the community and put strategies into place to help principals, teachers, students, and now parents better understand why this policy change is crucial for the success of our children. A core belief that I hold is that school improvement efforts and student learning must improve on a continuous basis. DCPS student achievement targets are predicated on the District Strategic Plan. I have a sense of urgency when addressing lagging student performance and am not afraid to take ownership of student results. Additionally, I continue to work with the budget department to ensure transparent and effective use of categorical funding to maximize equitable school support. I have always shared all information openly with the School Board, staff and community and see it as the means to district improvement. With this comes the responsibility of staff to provide reliable, error-free information and data. Without this level of scrutiny and quality control, credibility and trust would be eroded across the district and community.
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Duval County Public Schools, JacksonvJlle, FL
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KATHRYN M. LEROY
12550 Mission Hills Circle S • Jacksonville, FL 32225. H: 904-998-0566 • C: 904-563-0160. firstname.lastname@example.org
APPLICATION FOR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT An experienced urban leader that has extensive expertise in current reform practices, standards-based curriculum alignment and development, professional development, support of low performing students and schools, accountability, and fiscal management. These experiences have framed my vision for teaching and learning. My commitment to increasing student achievement, eliminating the achievement gap and building teacher and leadership capacity is th demonstrated daily through my 27 year career in the 5 and zo" largest school districts in the country. My vision for educating children is to serve as the catalyst for ensuring that, district-wide, all children are engaged in rigorous and relevant learning opportunities that will prepare them for post-secondary opportunities.
Dramatic increases in achievement Leads the district and community resources, increasing community Presented at the 2012 International
for the 2011-12 school year raising the District ranking from
so" to ss".
in a District wide literacy focus entitled Read It Forward Jax that provided and business partners for literacy, professional development, volunteer Reading Association (IRA) on closing the reading achievement gap.
mentors and summer learning opportunities. • • Significant increases in mathematics achievement from 2007 to 2011 for students across the district (14 percentage points at grade 3; 11 points at grade 4; 6 points at grade 5; 5 points at grade 6; 6 points at grade 7; 6 points at grade 9 and by 2 points at grade 10). • • At grade 3 FCAT Mathematics, the 5 percentage point gain in 2011 surpassed the State average for the first time in Duval County Public Schools history with the highest growth in the State among urban districts. Enrollment gap closure for Black and Hispanic students in High School Algebra I at grade 8 decreased from 15 percentage points in 2007 to 7 percentage points in 2011 for Black students and decreased from 14 percentage points in 2007 to 5 percentage points in 2011 for Hispanic students. Significant increases in science achievement, from 2007 to 2011, increasing by 11 points at grade 5; 5 points at grade 8; and 7 points at grade 11 with the district continuing to outperform the State average at grade 11. Duval is ranked fourth in the State of Florida for student growth from 2007-2011. Leads nation on informing policy of effective summer learning through vision and execution of the Superintendent's Academies for lower performing schools based on work in Miami-Dade and Duval County Public Schools. Recognized and funded by the Wallace Foundation ($4.8M) and the Walmart Foundation ($750,000) to continue this work. Provided leadership and support performing schools, K-12. • • Authored and awarded more than $21,000,000 in competitive student achievement and eliminating achievement gaps. grant funding over career to support increasing on the design and implementation of the DCPS Turnaround Model for low
Invited as presenter to the International Conference on Science and Technology Education sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France. Topic: Systemic US Reform in Mathematics and Science. at the national research Council in Washington, D.C. on Benchmarking of the TIMSS Results. Invited as presenter to key congressional stakeholders Using the International
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Published author of science research on English Language Learners and science achievement found in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Science Teacher Education and NSTA Press. National program author of science curriculum for Macmillan McGraw Hill Education and Benchmark Education, Inc. Finaled as one of the top 50 participants out of over 750 for the Board Superintendent's Academy.
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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), Jacksonville, FL
Chief Academic Officer
Responsible for the effective implementation of the Duval County's School Board's Theory of Action and Aligned Instructional System Policy in over 190 schools, K-12, including all curricula, instructional practice, accountability and testing, professional development, Title I, and SIG decisions. Cabinet-level position that oversees and provide direction for all curriculum areas, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Alternative Education, Federal programs and grants, research a nd accountability and professional development. Additionally, collaborates with the Florida DOE Region" Differentiated Accountability (DA) Office and the DCPS School Improvement and Cluster Offices to implement all Differentiated Accountability requirements and management of the District's Turnaround Model for Intervene and lower performing schools.
Student Achievement: • • • • 2011 FLDOEdata cites a District grade of B with 47 schools rated as A, 65 rated as Bar C schools, 61 remaining at the same grade and 46 schools improving by one to four grades. Steadily demonstrated student achievement gains and gap closure in reading, mathematics and science over the
last four years; however, have not arrived yet with all students proficient. The number of Duval County Public Schools' students taking AP exams increased by 212% from 2006 to 2010. Coordinate with High School Programs to increase numbers of graduates (2nd in FL) in the percent of completing at least one High School Acceleration Course (AP, IB, AICE or DE) and increase college readiness (ranks 5th in the percent of graduates taking the SAT). Two School Improvement Grant (SIG) K-5 schools made significant progress with one moving from C to A grade System in one year. and one moving from C to B grade in FLDOEAccountability • • •
The lowest performing DCPS K-5 Intervene School achieved a 57 point gain in 2009-10, achieved an additional 32 point gain for the 2010-2011 school year and an additional 94 points during the 2011-12 school year. All SIG high schools made achievement progress with one high school increasing by 31 points in the State Accountability System. From 2009 to 2011, the percent proficient in mathematics at the Intervene high schools increased by 12 points, increased by 7 percentage points; and 5 percentage points respectively. In science, the percent proficient at one Intervene high school has steadily increased each year for a total of 14 percentage points from 2009.
Fiscal and Personnel Management: • • Provide oversight and manages 9 Executive Directors, 16 Directors, 27 Supervisors, 20 Coordinators 225 support staff that include specialists, coaches, technical managers and clerical. and over
Conduct annual negotiations with the Duval Teachers Union (DTU) for all SIG, Turnaround Schools, and Summer Learning Programs to agree on required Memorandums of Understanding (MOU). MOUs negotiated include bonus and incentives, performance pay and learning gain requirements for teachers. Teacher Workload committee to reduce Conduct in collaboration workload requirements with the DTU, the School Board priority and increase moral of teachers. 15% of the DCPS total budget
Direct oversight of over $195M in local, state and federal funding representing (Title I through X, SAI, IDEIA, K-12 Reading, Race to the Top, and SIG).
Lead dynamic and creative methods and practices to manage Academic Services budget while still achieving student academic success. DCPS, like other districts, have been faced with continued declines in revenue, increasing fixed cost, expanded unfunded mandates, and extensive reporting requirements.
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School Board Relationships:
• Provide regular reports and presentations to the School Board through bi-weekly School Board workshops, monthly School Board meetings and School Board community meetings to inform all stakeholders on progress of student achievement and gap closure as set forth by the District Strategic Plan. Graduate of the Broad Institute's senior leadership. Reform Governance in Action (2010) for School Board members and District to open communication with
Ensure School Board policies are effectively implemented and have a commitment the Board and constituents to continue building community trust.
Committees, Presentations and Publications:
• Invited member of the US-Department of Education grant review and panel committee for the Investing in Innovation (i3); Smaller Learning Communities (SLC); and the Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) national program submissions. Member of Florida Standords ond Assessment Committee for the Florida Race to the Top submission. Member of the FL-DOE STEM Advisory Board. Member of the Nemours's Children's Hospital Bright Start Advisory Board. Member of the Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2011. Leadership Jacksonville is a year-long program that brings together approximately 56 leaders from throughout the community to learn about the First Coast community, to build relationships with other leaders, and to better serve as a community trustee. Leadership Jacksonville analyzes major areas of community concern, provides opportunities for open dialogue between leaders with diverse perspectives, and promotes a network of community trustees committed to the greater good. Invitations to present on topics including Summer Learning Loss and the Impact on Achievement Gap at the NASBE's 2012 Annual Conference (pending); 2012 Annual Fall Council of Great City Schools Conference (pending); Annual 2012 Education Writers Association; US-DOE Turnaround Learning Community; 2012 AASA Webinar; 2012 Annual AASA Conference; 2011 Center on Time and Learning Forum; and Wallace Foundation's Forum on More Time for Learning. • • Program Author of Promoting Pelham, NY, in press. Science Among English Language Learners, Benchmark Education Company,
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LeRoy, K., & Lee, O. (2008). What research says about science assessment with English- language learners. In J. Coffey, R. Douglas & c. Stearns (Eds.) Assessing science learning: Perspectives from research and practice. Arlington, Virginia: NSTA Press. Program Author of the Macmillan McGraw Hill National Program, Copyright 2008.
Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Chief Officer of Mathematics and Science
Provided leadership and managed all DCPS aspects of the K-12 Mathematics and Science program including all mathematics and science staff, curriculum development, assessment components, professional development, school monitoring and funding.
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Student Achievement: • • • • Increases in mathematics student achievement for 2008 as compared to 2007 with gains of 6 points at grade 3, 1 point at grade 4 and 5, 3 points at grade 6 and 7; and 1 point at grade 8 and 9. There was no change at grade 10. Increases in science student achievement for 2008 as compared to 2007 with science gains of 3 percentage points at grade 5, no change at grade 8, and 2 points at grade 11. Awarded for the first time in DCPS, two FLDOE Mathematics $900,000. Designed and implemented a District content-based increases in student achievement. and Science Partnership grants totaling over
coaching model for mathematics
and science to support
Committees, Presentations •
Lee, a., LeRoy, K., Thornton, C, Adamson, K., Maerten-Rivera, J., & Lewis, S. (2008).Teachers' perspectives on a professional development intervention to improve science instruction among English-language learners. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 19, 4-67. Lee, a., Penfield, R., Maerten-Rivera, J., & LeRoy, K. (2008). Science achievement professional development of English- language learners in Journal of Research in urban elementary schools: Results of a first-year Science Teaching, 45(1), 31-52. intervention.
Program Author of the Macmillan McGraw Hill National Program, Copyright 2008.
County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Miami, FL
Executive Director of Science Major responsibilities included providing leadership and management for all district components of the Promoting Science among English Languoge Learners (P-SELL) in a High Stokes Testing Policy Context, a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, under the direction of the M-DCPS Associate Superintendent and the University of Miami. Tasks included all aspects of effective program implementation, curriculum and assessment development, professional development, and data analysis. Additionally, continued former supervisory role to district staff and schools on the implementation of the M-DCPS comprehensive K-12 science program across the district.
Committees, • • • • •
Member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) review team for the 2009 NAEP in Science. Board member of the National Science Educational Leadership Association (NSELA). Invited as presenter at the annual Celebrate our Rising Stars Summit in Washington, D.C, US-DOE Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). Topic: Promoting Science Among English-Language Learners. Invited presenter at the 2006-2007 Literacy Assessment of ELL. NSTA Bridging Research and Practice Conferences, Topic: Science and
Lee, a., Buxton, C, Lewis, S., & LeRoy, K. (2006). Science inquiry and student diversity: Enhanced abilities and continuing difficulties after an instructional intervention. Journal Of Research in Science Teaching, 43(7), 609-36. Contributing Author of the Macmillan McGraw Hill Florida Science Series, Copyright 2006.
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County Public Schools, Miami, FL
District Supervisor of Science Responsibilities included providing leadership and management for all K-12 science curricula, instructional practice, assessment and professional development for 320 schools. Responsibilities included overseeing 64 mathematics and science coaches, the design and rollout of the District wide job-embedded approach to professional development, oversight for all District-developed assessments in science, and chaired the State Science Supervisor's Association.
• • • • Co-authored the Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Comprehensive Mathematics adopted as School Board Policy. and Science Plan that was by the National Science grant entitled
Contributed to the development and implementation of the M-DCPS grant funded Foundation's Urban Systemic Program (USP) for $11.8M.
Served as Project Director for the State Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive Florida BEST(Building Expert Science Teachers) which totaled $721,000.
Provided support in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the University of Wisconsin, and TERC in the coordination and implementation of the Data on Enacted Curriculum (DEe) Project.
Committees, Presentations and Publications:
• Member of the FL-DOE Science FCAT 1.0 Content Review Committee, the Science FCAT Range-Finder Committee, the Performance Review Committee, • • • • • • • Member of the FL-DOE Professional Development and the Standard Setting Committee. Protocol review team. Materials Adoption Committee. Educational Leadership developed by D.C. on Using the
Served as 2000 Chairperson of the FLDOE Earth Science Instructional
Selected as a Fellow in the National Academy for Science and Mathematics WestEd, a USDOE Regional Lab. Presented to key congressional International stakeholders Benchmarking of the TlMSS Results.
at the national research Council in Washington,
Invited by FLDOE, presented adoption implications on State Instructional of Education's focus group that led to policy revision.
Materials to the Florida Commissioner
Presented to key congressional stakeholders at the National Research Council. Topic Using TlMSS Presented to the Consortium Practice at the Local Level. for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Topic: Using TlMSS
to Inform Policy and
Bachelor of Science-Animal Master's Degree-Animal
Science, University of Maryland and Physiology, University of Tennessee Florida Atlantic University
1980 1983 2002 collecting data for dissertation
Educational Leadership Certification, PhD-Teaching and learning,
University of Miami
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PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS • • ASCD Advisory Board, FOIL
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Education Advisory Board For Florida State College Jacksonville (FSCJ) Leadership Jacksonville Bright Start Advisory Board for Nemours Hospital National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) American Association of School Administrators (AASA) International Reading Association(IRA)
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