Chief Academic Officer

Danielle Kelsick, Chief Academic Officer for the Environmental Charter Schools in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Danielle Kelsick, Chief Academic Officer for the Environmental Charter Schools in Redondo Beach, Calif.
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Curriculum Leader To Learn From Taking an Unapologetic Approach to Curriculum Overhaul
An academic leader at a charter school has overhauled curriculum—and proved that instructional rigor and anti-racism can co-exist.
Sarah Schwartz, February 17, 2021
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Personalized Learning Opinion Helping CAOs Make the Shift to Personalized Learning
Explore the difference between managed instruction and next generation learning, and learn ten elements of comprehensive solutions to the challenge of helping chief academic officers reframe their work.
Tom Vander Ark, September 17, 2018
6 min read
English-Language Learners Leader To Learn From A 'Perpetual Fighter' Looking Out for All Kids
Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova’s unwavering commitment to equity for all students has led to major improvements for English-learners in Denver’s public schools. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
Denisa R. Superville, February 21, 2018
10 min read
Classroom Technology District Technology, Academic Leaders Learning to Work Together
Effective purchasing, policymaking, and external communications are all dependent on good CAO-CTO relationships, said panelists at CoSN's annual conference.
Benjamin Herold, April 6, 2016
3 min read
IT Management CAOs and CTOs Ramp Up on Collaboration
In many K-12 systems, the jobs of chief academic officers and chief technology officers are increasingly intertwined as technology has become essential to teaching and learning.
Sean Cavanagh, March 28, 2016
7 min read
Special Report New Roles for a New Era
Articles in this special report explore the evolving roles of chief academic officers and chief technology officers in five school systems in California, Georgia, Iowa, Oregon, and New York.
March 28, 2016
Special Report The Chief Academic Officer's Evolving Role
This special report examines the challenges CAOs are facing in school districts across the country and how they are working to improve academics in the age of common standards and digital teaching and learning. It features findings from an exclusive survey of district leaders.
March 18, 2015
School & District Management From Our Research Center Survey Data: Chief Academic Officers Wear Many Hats
In addition to overseeing curriculum and instruction, district officials indicated that they also have other leadership duties.
March 16, 2015
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School & District Management From Our Research Center Survey Data: The Chief Academic Officer's Chain of Command
Most district officials who serve as chief academic officers answer directly to their school systems’ superintendents, a survey shows.
March 16, 2015
1 min read
School & District Management John Youngquist: Getting the Right Resources Into Classrooms
The CAO of the Aurora, Colo., public schools describes how a change in the district's organizational structure has had a positive impact on student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
Michelle R. Davis, March 16, 2015
4 min read
School & District Management Michelle N. Pierre-Farid: Working to Turn Students Into Scholars
The CAO of the Cleveland public schools is trying to set higher academic expectations for a district with a high school graduation rate of 64 percent.
Michele Molnar, March 16, 2015
4 min read
School & District Management Vickie Murillo: Rebuilding Academics in a Struggling District
The CAO and accountability officer for the Kansas City, Mo., schools talks about setting goals and monitoring progress for a district that lost its accreditation in 2012.
Michelle R. Davis, March 16, 2015
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Marie L. Izquierdo, left, talks with Assistant Principal Aillette A. Diaz at Primary Learning Center, Ms. Diaz’s school. Ms. Izquierdo sees her role as a facilitator of teaching and learning.
Marie L. Izquierdo, left, talks with Assistant Principal Aillette A. Diaz at Primary Learning Center, Ms. Diaz’s school. Ms. Izquierdo sees her role as a facilitator of teaching and learning.
Photo by Josh Ritchie for Education Week
School & District Management Turning District Academic Visions Into Classroom Realities
Current and former chief academic officers talk about the evolving role of the CAO, and the strategies they have used to try to improve teaching and learning.
Liana Loewus, March 16, 2015
10 min read
Duval County, Fla., schools Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti, front, visits R.V. Daniels Elementary with Chief of Schools Addison Davis, who oversees academics for the 125,000-student district.
Duval County, Fla., schools Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti, front, visits R.V. Daniels Elementary with Chief of Schools Addison Davis, who oversees academics for the 125,000-student district.
Melissa Lyttle for Education Week
School & District Management Superintendents Want Chief Academic Officers They Can Trust
The CAO is seen as an interpreter and oracle, someone the district chief relies on to shape and communicate a vision for improving teaching and learning.
Corey Mitchell, March 16, 2015
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