Libia S. Gil, PhD joined the American Institutes for Research to continue the work she began as the chief academic officer of New American Schools. As senior fellow, Dr. Gil provides counsel on leadership development initiatives and assists states and districts in developing strategies for improving student achievement by bridging evidence from both research and practice.
Dr. Gil is currently the lead consultant for the high school renewal efforts in the San Diego Unified School District on behalf of Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her focus on multiple strategies to address student achievement gaps includes the creation of small schools and support for small learning communities across the country.
For over nine years, Dr. Gil served as superintendent of the Chula Vista Elementary School District. During her tenure, she actively engaged the community in creating a shared vision and core values that continue to serve as the foundation for goal-setting and operations in the school district today.
Dr. Gil helped to successfully implement numerous school change models, including six charter schools, and established partnerships with Edison Schools, Inc.; School Futures Research Foundation; Accelerated Schools; Comer; MicroSociety; Standards-Based Instruction; and the Ball Foundation. During this time, student academic performance improved and survey results showed a greater satisfaction in the schools. In the years since, Standard and Poor’s has continued to give the Chula Vista Elementary School District an A-plus rating to reflect the district’s efficient management and its low centralized administrative costs.
Dr. Gil began her teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District and has taught in various programs, including the English as a second language, bilingual education, and gifted and talented programs. As a teacher, she and her colleagues created a successful K–12 alternative school and numerous alternative classroom programs. In addition, Dr. Gil has held a variety of administrative positions including school principal, area administrator, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
In 2002, Dr. Gil received the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for her outstanding leadership in the Chula Vista district. She is renowned for her work in redesigning central office roles and functions to serve and support teaching and learning in the classrooms. Dr. Gil holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis on bilingual and multicultural education, from the University of Washington.