||Pr Tom Payzant
Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
The focus of Tom’s work is leadership and systemic reform in urban school districts and schools. He served as Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools from October of 1995 until his retirement in June of 2006. Before coming to Boston, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education with the United States Department of Education.
Over the past decade he has led a number of significant systemic reform efforts that have helped narrow the achievement gap and increase student performance on both state and national assessment exams. In addition to his tenure in Boston, Tom has served as Superintendent of Schools in San Diego, Oklahoma City, Eugene, Oregon, and Springfield, Pennsylvania. His work has been recognised by educators at the regional and national level. In 2004, he received the Richard R. Green Award for Excellence in Urban Education from the Council on Great City Schools and the McGraw Prize for his leadership of the San Diego school system from 1982 through 1993.