The Chief Academic Officer: A Special Report

This special report, “The Chief Academic Officer’s Evolving Role: Powering Big-Picture Learning Goals,” 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.


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Whether they're called assistant superintendents for teaching and learning, chief innovation officers, or curriculum coordinators, chief academic officers have one mission: academics.
Survey Data: CAOs Wear Many Hats
Survey Data: The CAO's Chain of Command
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

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.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

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.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

Knitting assessment thoughtfully into any work on curriculum is crucial, experts say, so it's important to have oversight models that ensure that it happens.
Chief Academic Officers: A Comparison of District Oversight
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

Some school districts are testing new approaches to address a common challenge: how to get academic and technology departments to work more closely together.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

The link between a school system's chief academic officer and school-based leaders must be strong if districts want to turn lofty visions into achievement gains.
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

CAOs from three different districts discuss a range of issues from classroom resources to academic expectations.
Vickie Murillo: Rebuilding Academics in a Struggling District
John Youngquist: Getting the Right Resources Into Classrooms
Michelle N. Pierre-Farid: Working to Turn Students Into Scholars
March 18, 2015 – Education Week

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