Alumni Features

Michele Shannon, Ed.L.D.'13: Leading into Learning with Boston's Chief of Schools

Michele Shannon, Chief of Schools, Boston Public Schools
by Laura Burgos, Ed.L.D. candidate
June 21, 2017

Michele ShannonWhen Michele Shannon, Ed.L.D.‘13, was asked to take on the role of Chief of Schools for Boston Public Schools (BPS), she knew the position would be critical in improving student achievement across the district and ensuring that all students were prepared for college and/or a career upon graduating. The role was the first of its kind and was designed to support the Instructional Superintendents Team tasked with developing school and teacher leaders. Having experienced completing high school ill-prepared for the demands of post-secondary education, Dr. Shannon’s charge as a leader is very much personal.

Lizette B. Suxo, Ed.L.D.'13

Lizette B. Suxo, Country Manager, Chile, The 1 World Network of Schools
by Matthew Presser, Ed.L.D. candidate
June 14, 2017

Lizette B. SuxoBig-name charter management organizations like KIPP and Uncommon Schools have gotten similar results in urban and rural communities around the U.S. So how might they work abroad?

For the last two years, Lizette B. Suxo, Ed.L.D.’13, has drawn on her experience as a charter school teacher and administrator to support the launch of a KIPP-inspired school in Chile and to train instructional coaches who work with teachers and principals there. As Chile’s country manager for The 1 World Network of Schools, an organization that creates similar schools in six countries, Suxo has seen firsthand what works and what gets lost in translation in a country with a different language and different customs.

Jason Yamashiro, Ed.L.D.'14, driving instructional change from the district office

Jason Yamashiro, Superintendent, Old Adobe Union School District
by Laura Burgos, Ed.L.D. candidate
May 24, 2017

Jason YamashiroBorn to parents who met at the University of California’s Berkeley campus while handcuffed to a table during a student protest, Jason Yamashiro, Ed.L.D.’14, developed a passion for equity at an early age. His father served on local school boards throughout his secondary and post-secondary school years, and Yamashiro attended public schools his entire life. The oldest of three children, Yamashiro spent his early years working at summer camps and afterschool programs. After his first formal teaching in Oakland Public Schools, he realized that his leadership in the classroom could translate into leading adults, where he could serve as an even greater lever for change.

David Rease, Jr., Ed.L.D.'14, using data-driven decision-making and collaboration to drive system-wide improvement

David Rease Jr., Executive Director, Office of Systemic School Improvement, Prince George's County Public Schools
by Dessalines Floyd, Ed.L.D. candidate
May 17, 2017

David ReaseDavid Rease, Jr., Ed.L.D.’14, is the executive director of the Office of Systemic School Improvement in Prince George's County, MD. His education career began as a high school social studies teacher in North Carolina and instructional facilitator serving turnaround schools throughout the state.  He also worked with a systems improvement team in Denver prior to joining the very first cohort of students in the Doctor of Education Leadership Program (Ed.L.D.) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Suchitra "Suchi" Saxena, Ed.L.D.'15, mobilizing families across racial and socioeconomic divides

By Alexis K. Morgan, Ed.L.D. candidate
April 27, 2017

Suchi SaxenaSuchitra “Suchi” Saxena is an educator, systems entrepreneur, advocate, and policymaker. Based in New York City, she consults on innovation in non-cognitive factors and is actively involved in supporting school integration, including through a new parent engagement and enrollment mechanism she is developing called Mixer. Starting out, she envisioned her path would lead her to the field of law where she had hoped to be a civil rights attorney. But her experiences around the world, from her classroom in Bergenfield, NJ, to her grandmother’s house in India, took her on a different journey.

Darnisa Amante, Ed.L.D.'16, confronts the complexities of race and innovation at the Disruptive Equity Education Project

Darnisa Amante, Chief Executive Officer, Disruptive Equity Education Project, Cambridge, MA
By Alexis K. Morgan, Ed.L.D. candidate
May 3, 2017

Darnisa Amante

After six years of running her own tutoring and test preparation program, No Dreams Deferred, Darnisa Amante, Ed.L.D.'16, realized she was not achieving her mission for improving outcomes for black and brown children. So, she left her position as Chief Executive Officer and lead tutor to become a long-term substitute teacher in the New York City Public Schools, hoping to have a greater impact on the academic performance of students of color. Unfortunately, this new experience was not what she had envisioned. Instead of using her experience to address the persistent achievement gaps between black and white students, Amante was directed to hold students back a year when they couldn’t meet standards academically.

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