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Education Pioneers shares stories of impact, insights, ideas, and opinions to advance the conversation about what great leadership in education looks like.
In part one of this two-part Q&A series, EP talks with Brigitte Marshall, Chief Talent Officer for the Oakland Unified School District about why talent matters in Oakland, new human capital initiatives that her team is spearheading, and the importance of data in the district’s human capital strategy.
In this Q&A, EP Alumna Julie Swerdlow Albino (Graduate School Fellow, 2010), Chief Redesign Officer for Lawrence Public Schools in Massachusetts, talks about moving from business consulting to education leadership, finding a job she loves, and working every day to keep the American Dream alive for all children.
In Las Vegas, many leaders (including EP Alumni) are doing whatever it takes to help the city’s students thrive. As Chief of Staff and External Relations for Las Vegas’ Clark County School District – the fifth-largest public school district in the country that serves more than 300,000 students – I saw firsthand how hard our staff worked to serve our young people well. I also saw committed people stretched to their capacity.
In 2011, Netflix made a reported $100 million bet and bought two full seasons of House of Cards, sight unseen. While Netflix executives hadn’t seen the show, what they had seen was data . Tons of data. Data from 29 million customers about what they wanted to watch. For Netflix, buying House of Cards felt less like a gamble and more like a strategic decision backed by big data.
In this Pioneer Profile, EP Alumnus Desmond Patton (Graduate School Fellow, 2006), Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan who recently had his research cited by the U.S. Supreme Court , talks about growing up in North Carolina, learning the importance of strong relationships to inspire students' love of learning, and imagining Black youth feeling empowered, loved, and inspired.