Chief Academic Officers

Read more about chief academic officers (CAOs), who manage districts' approaches to instruction and curriculum
Kate Maxlow, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Hampton City Schools, who helped give students a voice in curriculum redesign, works in her office on January 12, 2024.
Kate Maxlow is the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in Virginia's Hampton City school district. She worked with students to give them a voice in shaping curriculum.
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Curriculum Q&A Why One District Hired Its Students to Review Curricula
Virginia's Hampton City school district pays a cadre of student interns to give feedback on curriculum.
Caitlynn Peetz, February 5, 2024
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Kate Maxlow works with Ava Gomez, 8, left and Khalid Baldwin, 8, right, on a “breakout room” activity in Jade Austin’s second grade classroom at Samuel P. Langley Elementary School in Hampton, Va., on January 12, 2024.
Kate Maxlow, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at Hampton City Schools, works with Ava Gomez, 8, left and Khalid Baldwin, 8, right, on a “breakout room” activity in a 2nd grade classroom at Samuel P. Langley Elementary School in Hampton, Va.
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Student Achievement Leader To Learn From An Unorthodox Plan to Pay Students to Write Curriculum Is Raising Achievement
For Kate Maxlow, the director of curriculum in Hampton City, Va., engaging students and improving academic achievement go hand in hand.
Caitlynn Peetz, February 5, 2024
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Madeline Negrón, the chief academic officer for the Hartford public schools, (left), and Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, the superintendent, in the Student Success Center at Hartford Public High School on Dec. 20, 2021.
Madeline Negrón, the chief academic officer for the Hartford public schools, left, and Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, the superintendent, launched the Student Success Center at Hartford Public High School to help students get back on track to graduate.
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Equity & Diversity Leader To Learn From As Students, They Felt Disconnected. As Leaders, They Champion Equity
The superintendent and chief academic officer in Hartford, Conn., are creating a system that centers the needs of students and families.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 16, 2022
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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.
Nick Agro for Education Week
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
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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
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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
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IT Infrastructure & 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
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Matt Townsley sets the budget for both technology and instruction in the Solon, Iowa, school district, which, he said, is “a little dictator-like” but “nice.”
Matt Townsley sets the budget for both technology and instruction in the Solon, Iowa, school district, which, he said, is “a little dictator-like” but “nice.”
Mike Bradley for Education Week
IT Infrastructure & Management Iowa Academic Chief Plays Dual Role
When the district’s chief technology and chief academic officers are one person, bureaucratic delays aren’t an issue.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, March 28, 2016
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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
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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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