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Diverse Leadrers - All Students - One Vision
Chiefs for Change   |   March 22, 2016
 


Chiefs for Change members now represent 1.7 million students.

Chiefs for Change (CFC) CEO Mike Magee today announced that six new education Chiefs have joined the organization. Magee said CFC's board unanimously approved all six new members.

"The success of ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act), and obviously the success of our students, demand energy and commitment," John White, CFC Board Chair and Louisiana State Superintendent of Education said. "These six new members have that energy and commitment. We're very excited about the record of achievement they bring to the table."

"These leaders understand that change is not a criticism of the past but a recognition that our schools and systems need to adapt to serve today's students, as well as tomorrow's," Magee said. "They are focused on empowering students, families, teachers, and school leaders. These Chiefs will help us continue to advocate for students across the country, and we look forward to working closely with each of them."

The six new members are (left to right, top to bottom):

Robert Avossa: Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, Florida
Desmond Blackburn: Superintendent of Brevard County Schools, Florida
Tom Boasberg: Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Colorado
Chris Cerf: Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, New Jersey
Barbara Jenkins: Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Florida
Antwan Wilson: Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, California

 
   
   
   
 

A WORD FROM OUR NEW MEMBERS

These six Chiefs all have a reputation for courageous leadership in their districts and working hard to make every student ready to take on the demands of college and careers. They all are focused on engaging with teachers, leaders, students, and families to envision what is possible for children and school systems in the new era of American education.

Antwan Wilson / Oakland Superintendent

"I'm energized by the emphasis that Chiefs for Change is placing on diversifying education leadership, as well as what it really means to educate all students. This is an incredible group of leaders with a lot of potential for further growth, and I'm looking forward to working together."

Tom Boasberg / Denver Superintendent

"It is very important that we work together to prepare our next generation of school leadership and to ensure that generation reflects the students whom we serve.  I look forward to working with Mike Magee, John White, and the other Chiefs on developing leaders and scaling emerging, innovative practices."

Barbara Jenkins / Orange County Superintendent

"I am pleased to be joining forces with mission-aligned colleagues from around the country.  I believe these committed leaders will offer diverse solutions to the challenges our students face, and that our alignment around a common vision for educating all students will afford us an opportunity to impact change on a national scale.”

Chris Cerf / Newark Superintendent

"Chiefs for Change is moving ahead in an exciting new direction, and I'm thrilled to be part of this next phase of the organization." Chris was previously a CFC member when he served as New Jersey Commissioner of Education.

 
   

Antwan Wilson

Antwan Wilson / Oakland Superintendent

 

Desmond Blackburn / Brevard County Superintendent

“Public education is at a crossroads in our nation, which requires educators to strategically plan our priorities and create collaborative partnerships that will help us prepare students for 21st century careers.  Chiefs for Change is one of these partners that I know will provide the right support to help us achieve our goals to provide excellent education options for every student.”

Robert Avossa / Palm Beach County Superintendent

"To me, being a member of Chiefs for Change means working together with a diverse group of leaders from different political contexts, from all over the country, toward common objectives. With the support and shared expertise of our colleagues, we become more effective in supporting our teams, our teachers, and our students."

 
 

Barbara  Jenkins

Barbara Jenkins / Orange County Superintendent

  WE NOW HAVE 17 MEMBERS TOTAL


Robert Avossa: Superintendent of Palm Beach County Schools, Florida
Desmond Blackburn: Superintendent of Brevard County Schools, Florida
Chris Barbic: Former Superintendent of the Achievement School District, Tennessee
Tom Boasberg: Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Colorado
Christopher Cerf: Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, New Jersey
Veronica Conforme: Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority, Michigan
Dale Erquiaga: Former Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada
Deborah Gist: Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, Oklahoma
Kevin Huffman: Former Commissioner of Education, Tennessee; Chief-in-
Residence, Chiefs for Change
Barbara Jenkins: Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Florida
Hanseul Kang: State Superintendent of Education, District of Columbia
Mike Miles: Former Superintendent of Dallas Independent School District, Texas
Mark Murphy: Former Secretary of Education, Delaware
Hanna Skandera: Secretary of Education, New Mexico
Brad Smith: Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah
John White: State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana
Antwan Wilson: Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, California

CFC Board Chair John White noted: "We've reached a new and important moment in our nation's effort to transform schools. It's a moment that requires new, transformational ideas, and the leadership of state and district Chiefs has never been more critical. The turnover in Chief roles is incredibly high, and we know that education leadership is not diverse enough. The work we are doing together to build a pipeline of diverse Future Chiefs, and to envision new systems to support students and teachers under ESSA, is essential and exciting. Chiefs for Change is fortunate to have leaders of this caliber joining us in this work."

Learn more about Chiefs for Change on our website at
chiefsforchange.org

For more information, contact media@chiefsforchange.org.

 
   
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