“Urban districts are at a critical tipping point. The initiatives and commitments embarked upon in the coming years hold the potential to build model, 21st-century urban school systems that ensure an excellent education for all students.”

Mohammed Choudhury is driven relentlessly by the desire to create, support, and implement transformational initiatives that will enable historically underserved students to thrive. Throughout his career, he has launched innovative school models, and coached and strategically advised teachers, principals, and school and district leadership teams to launch successful initiatives.

A former teacher who has served within a wide variety of hybrid teacher leadership positions, Mohammed has seen “turnaround” efforts within large public school districts struggle because they haven’t been “bottom-up,” haven’t empowered school staff, and haven’t created meaningful shifts in teaching and learning.

He became an EP Fellow to use hybrid thinking--drawn from policy, business, and law--to help create strong schools.

Prior to the EP Fellowship, Mohammed completed his sixth year of teaching for the Los Angeles Unified School District. There, he served in a wide variety of teacher leadership roles focused on instructional development and effectiveness, and was recognized for his work to develop and sustain intervention structures for at-risk students. 

  • Strategy & Planning

As a Fellow, Mohammed served at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, where he designed, assessed, and implemented teacher development initiatives to increase teacher effectiveness. He created the tools that teachers will use to grow as professionals within all Partnership schools.

Currently, Mohammed serves as the founding Director of Transformation and Innovation for the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) in Texas, the 13th-largest school district in the country with 231 schools and an enrollment of 158,000 students, 92 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged, and an operating budget of $1.6 billion.

In his role, Mohammed leads what has come to be known as the district’s “Learning Lab” to reimagine Dallas schools, and a budget of $40 million over five years. His team oversees the district’s expansion of school choice options through Dallas ISD’s Public School Choice initiative, and pilots initiatives that will have the greatest impact on teaching and learning district-wide and bring about greater levels of equity.

In Dallas, Mohammed’s work and results include designing and overseeing the annual Public School Choice competitive proposal process to launch 35 new Choice Schools by 2020; seeing significantly accelerated student achievement in Choice Schools; creating and implementing an “equity audit” to ensure that open enrollment campuses enroll students from the most disadvantaged census tracts throughout the city; and for the first time in district and Texas history, successfully codifying enrollment regulations for a new school that looked at an individual student’s socioeconomic status as the primary factor in admissions to promote socioeconomic integration.

Mohammed was a semifinalist for 2016 EPic Alumni recognition.