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Academies

Our Leadership

Pete Gorman

Pete Gorman

Managing Director of Academies

Leader: Superintendent of 19th largest school district in the US; principal, district-level administrator and classroom teacher in California, Florida and North Carolina. Executive Vice President for one of nation’s largest publicly traded K-12 education companies.

Trusted Advisor: Executive coach to numerous sitting and aspiring coaches; board director, Acceleration Academies; board director, Education Research Strategies.

Leading Edge: Won 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education while Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School District for showing the greatest academic gains in a large, urban school district. Created a culture of using data to improve classroom instruction.

Catalyst: While Superintendent, narrowed the gap between black and white high school students in reading by 11 percentage points; “selective staffing” initiative put the best teachers and administrators in 25 of the lowest-performing schools. These and other policies attracted national recognition, including from the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Faculty

Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan P. Raymond is the President of the Stuart Foundation. Previously, Jonathan was Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in Sacramento, California’s 11th largest school district, from 2009-2013. Prior to SCUSD, Jonathan served as Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where he led the implementation of a comprehensive accountability system. Jonathan was a Fellow in the Broad Superintendents Academy and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a Juris Doctorate from George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

David Sundstrom, J.D.

David Sundstrom, J.D.

David Sundstrom is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Atlantic Research Partners and Acceleration Academies, LLC. He served as former legal council to State off MI legislature, law professor at MI State University, and as chief of staff for the Christina (Wilmington), DE and Duval County (Jacksonville), FL school systems. David is co-author of TAO of Interviewing—toolkit for hiring managers and governing boards. He also is co-author of Power of Teaching—the Science of the Art and Power of Coaching—Teachers & Teaching.

Dr. Joseph Wise

Dr. Joseph Wise

Joseph Wise is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Research Partners. He served as a former school superintendent in Christina School District in Delaware, and Duval County in Florida. He is a co-author of TAO of Interviewing—toolkit for hiring managers and governing boards, and Power of Teaching—the Science of the Art and Power of Coaching—Teachers & Teaching. Joseph Wise is also a member of the governing boards of Northwest Evaluation Association; Acceleration Academies, LLC; Teacher Match—predictive analytics research organization for teacher assessment; and DC-based, Knowledge Alliance. Dr. Wise also led the employment division of the Walt Disney World Corporation through extensive restructuring and expansion of its executive, managerial, salaried and hourly employee function; this in turn created the largest single-campus employer in the world (expanded to 52,000 employees). Before serving as a Superintendent, Dr. Wise began his educational journey as a teacher.

Dr. James Hager

Dr. James Hager

Dr. James Hager is the Executive Vice President of Atlantic Research Partners. He served as a former school superintendent in Washoe County, NV; Kent School District, WA; and Boulder Valley School District, CO. Dr. Hager is a former doctoral programs coordinating professor at UNLV and currently works as a doctoral programs professor with University of WA.

Speakers and Panel of Practitioners

Dr. Martha Burns
Dr. Martha Burns is a Joint Appointment Professor at Northwestern University and has authored three books and over 100 journal articles on the neuroscience of language and communication. Dr. Burns’ expertise is in all areas relating to the neuroscience of learning, such as: language and reading in the brain, the bilingual brain, the language to literacy continuum and the adolescent brain. Dr. Martha Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Director of Neuroscience Education for Scientific Learning Corporation.

 

Dr. Timothy Quinn
Dr. Tim Quinn has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in superintendent preparation, coaching and support. In 1998, he founded the Michigan Leadership Institute and the Michigan SUPES Academy, which convened for the first time in 2000. Today, more than half of Michigan’s school superintendents have received leadership preparation through the SUPES Academy. In 2002, he was contracted by The Broad Foundation of Los Angeles, California, to serve as the founding Managing Director of The Broad Center for Superintendents and the Broad Superintendents Academy. This Academy focused on preparing leaders across America for the superintendency of our nation’s largest and most challenging urban districts.

 

Throughout his career, Quinn has also served as an English teacher and football coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and, at age 32, was appointed Superintendent of the 20,000-student Green Bay Public Schools in Wisconsin, a position he held for almost seven years. He also served a term as Wisconsin’s Deputy State Superintendent and eight years as President of Northwestern Michigan College.

Quinn holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and has been recognized with honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities for his leadership in the field of education.

Dr. Joseph Scherer
Dr. Joseph Scherer currently serves as the Executive Director of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue. Prior to founding, Scherer co-founded and served as managing director of the District Management Council, where he provided consulting support on management issues for seventy-five school districts across America. He has held a variety of other executive and leadership positions at prominent companies including Harcourt Education, Kaplan Learning Services and IBM. Before entering the education field, he spent eighteen years working in Washington, DC.

 

Jonathan Travers
Jonathan leads the consulting practice area at ERS and works with districts to analyze and improve resource use across systems. Jonathan currently leads the ERS teams working with Cleveland and Charlotte, and he most recently led the work in Denver and Washington, DC. This work includes examining each district’s funding strategy, mapping current resource use, and advising on how to reallocate to support specific district goals. In Denver and Charlotte, it’s also meant building capacity around school design and the effective use of resources at the school level. Prior work includes a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools to build an innovative Teacher Effectiveness Dashboard now in use across the system, and the support of Charlotte’s Strategic Staffing Initiative that is turning around many of its lowest performing schools. He has also managed or supported projects in Jacksonville, SacramentoPhiladelphia, BostonOaklandLos Angeles and Rochester.

 

Previously, Jonathan was Vice-President of Finance and Administration at Teach For America (TFA), where he was responsible for the organization’s overall financial health and all resource allocation processes. He helped TFA more than double in size over five years while simultaneously strengthening its financial position and making substantial programmatic improvements. As budget director of the D.C. Public Schools, Jonathan oversaw a $1 billion operating budget and led the development and implementation of the Weighted Student Formula, a school-based budgeting system designed to equitably and strategically allocate resources to schools. He was also an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where he had responsibility for the budget development and management of a portfolio of federal education programs. Jonathan began his career as an elementary school teacher in Compton, CA through TFA.