Education News in Brief


July 19, 2016 2 min read
Martin Blank

Martin Blank, the president of the Institute for Educational Leadership, will step down in early 2017. Since 2009, he has led the IEL, where he worked for 25 years.

Lynne Mooney Teta, the headmaster of a prestigious high school that’s been plagued by allegations of civil rights violations, has resigned from Boston Latin School. The local U.S. attorney’s office announced in March that it was launching an investigation into allegations of racial harassment and discrimination after community members and civil rights organizations submitted a written complaint. Teta’s replacement is Michael Contompasis. Boston Latin is the nation’s oldest public school. It was founded April 23, 1635.

Mimi Clarke Corcoran

Mimi Clarke Corcoran became the president of the National Center for Learning Disabilities on July 11. Corcoran was the vice president of talent development at New Visions for Public Schools. Prior to that role, she was the president and chief executive officer of ANDRUS, a nonprofit focused on helping individuals and families overcome extreme childhood adversity.

Sydnee Dickson

Sydnee Dickson, the interim schools superintendent in Utah, has been selected to stay in that position. She has worked for the state board of education since 2007. Before that, she worked in Utah’s Granite, Davis, and Murray districts as an administrator and in other school leadership positions.

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards, the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year who taught thousands of educators how technology can play a pivotal role in improving academic results, will join Discovery Education in August. Edwards, who has been the superintendent of the Mooresville, N.C., district since 2007, will be the senior vice president of digital learning for the company. Before joining Mooresville, he served as a school of education dean and a school superintendent.

Kaya Henderson

Kaya Henderson is stepping down after more than five years as thechancellor of the District of Columbia’s public schools. She succeeded the polarizing Michelle Rhee in the position after serving as Rhee’s top deputy.

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, the superintendent of the Copper River district in Alaska, has been named the state’s new education commissioner. He comes to the role after serving as president of the statewide school superintendents’ association.

Valeria Silva

Valeria Silva, the superintendent of the St. Paul, Minn., schools, has been fired but will stay on board for 15 months as a consultant. She has led the district since 2009. Silva had been praised for focusing efforts on English-language learners and racial equity, but in recent months, she has had to face questions about school safety and the district’s declining enrollment as more students moved to charter schools and suburban districts. Silva started in St. Paul in 1987 as a Spanish-immersion teacher.

Carole Smith, the superintendent of the Portland, Ore., public schools, plans to retire at the end of the coming school year after 10 years of leading Oregon’s largest district. She became the superintendent in 2007.

A version of this article appeared in the July 20, 2016 edition of Education Week as Transitions