Dr. Joseph Wise Chairman, Chief Education Officer Joseph Wise has a longstanding record of helping school districts, school boards, and school leaders make rapid improvements to support student achievement. His passion for all students, particularly those who are underserved and disadvantaged, drives a sense of urgency about the reforms needed to help the United States regain its competitive edge regarding the academic preparation of our nation’s children. His focus on great governance, great leadership, and great student and parent engagement have been the cornerstones of his accomplishments. Dr. Wise formerly served as Superintendent of Schools for the nation’s 19th largest public school district (Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, FL) and the State of Delaware’s largest public school district (Christina School District, Wilmington, DE), earning a reputation as a visionary leader who brought about measurable improvements in both student achievement and operational management.
David Sundstrom David Sundstrom is an educator and attorney specializing in education law. He has taught at the special education and general education levels, and acknowledges that his years in both special education and general education settings have had a profound effect on his subsequent work as an attorney. Having taught senior-level courses in Business Law at Michigan State University, and courses in Trial Advocacy and Law Practice at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, co-authored two textbooks: Power of Teaching - The Science of the Art (1st Edition 2002; 2nd Edition, 2007) and Power of Coaching - Teachers and Teaching (2009).
Scott Frauenheim Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer Scott Frauenheim has dedicated his career to building positive learning environments for students and educators, and is a recognized leader of transformational work in charter schools. His passion for strong leadership, coupled with his drive to promote quality education, allowed him to build strong relationships throughout Distinctive Schools. Through this work, Scott created shared vision, enabled leadership, and empowered teachers. These attributes supported schools through transformative change in implementing a nationally recognized personalized learning model over the past three years; a model that has helped close the achievement gap through exceptional student growth and achievement. His experiences with instructional and academic leadership, school operations, finance, technology, fundraising, and development efforts enhanced his ability to oversee a variety of important components within the Distinctive Schools model.
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