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A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America

Event, Webinar

Event Details

September 18, 2018

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A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America

Jonathan Raymond
, President, Stuart Foundation; Former Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

As the superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District from 2009-2013, Jonathan Raymond was not afraid to bring innovative approaches to the district’s impoverished schools. One of Raymond’s proudest accomplishments is establishing seven Priority Schools, transforming Sacramento’s poorest-performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the city’s highest-performing schools.

During his tenure, Raymond also addressed issues at all levels of the K-12 system from implementing a two-year transitional kindergarten program to cutting the high school dropout rate from 23 percent to under 6 percent and partnering with local colleges and employers to establish a pathway from pre-K to graduate school.

On September 18, 2018 the Alliance for Excellent Education held a conversation between All4Ed President Bob Wise, and Raymond, now president of the Stuart Foundation.  It offered advice and shared lessons learned. Jonathan Raymond also discussed his new book, Wildflowers: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America. Part memoir, part manifesto, his book journeys into the Sacramento school system to bring readers into the heart of the nation’s education crisis. A book about public education that is written for the public, Wildflowers offers an accessible road-map for transforming public schools into thriving centers of excellence.

Watch the video trailer about Raymond’s book.

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Photo Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.