LOS ANGELES (January 8, 2015) –– Dr. John E. Deasy, who led improvements that propelled student achievement and high school graduation rates to historic levels in the nation’s second-largest school district, will be consulting for The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems as a superintendent-in-residence.
In this role, the 30-year educator will join The Broad Center’s other superintendent-in-residence, Dr. John O. Simpson, in providing executive coaching to Center alumni leading urban public school systems as well as facilitating professional development sessions for The Broad Academy, a program of the Center. Other talented urban school district leaders have served in these roles, including the late Dr. Arlene Ackerman and Dr. Thomas Payzant.
“John Deasy’s long history of boosting opportunity and achievement for all kids is a testimony to his relentless drive for social justice and fundamental belief in what’s possible when school systems are organized around what is best for students,” said Christina Heitz, managing director of The Broad Academy.
Most recently, Deasy was superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he championed a “youth first” agenda credited with reversing the district’s school-to-prison pipeline, raising achievement and helping more students graduate ready for college and the workplace. Deasy pushed for principals to assume more responsibility for their schools’ performance, implemented changes in annual evaluations to provide richer feedback and support to teachers and worked to offer healthier school meals. He also focused on ensuring that the students who start the school year behind grade level were assigned to some of the district’s strongest teachers.
Under his leadership, student achievement rates reached their highest points in Los Angeles Unified’s history, for all groups of students and in all grades, as did high school graduation rates. What’s more, these gains were achieved while raising expectations for student learning. In fact, 50 percent more district students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses in 2013 than did six years earlier. They also took more AP exams –– which can earn them college credit –– at a similar clip.
Deasy previously served as superintendent in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in California and Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island. He was named Superintendent of the Year in 2001 by the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association. A former high school principal, Deasy focused school improvement efforts on child-centered, outcomes-based practices, including alternative assessment, school-to-work transition programs and interdisciplinary instruction.
“What an honor and important responsibility to support leaders doing some of the most difficult and important work in our country,” said Deasy. “I am humbled to do for others what people did for me.”
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