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4/9/2014 3:14:00 PM
Paul Goren Next Superintendent of District 65
By Larry Gavin and Mary Helt Gavin


On March 31, the District 65 School Board appointed Dr. Paul Goren as the next superintendent of District 65. The vote was unanimous. 

Dr. Goren was selected after a nationwide search conducted by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates that began last September. He has lived in Evanston for the past 16 years with his wife, Gwen Macsai, and their three children. The children  attended Oakton Elementary School and currently attend Chute Middle School and Evanston Township High School.

“We feel very fortunate to have such a talented educator join us in our efforts to provide the very best opportunities for all the students in District 65,” said Tracy Quattrocki, president of the School Board. “Given his knowledge of the Evanston community and his unrelenting commitment to educating the diverse needs of our students, Paul Goren brings so much to our District.”

Dr. Goren holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Education and has spent 25 years in education. At the start of his career he was a middle-school teacher, and after that held leadership positions in three school districts and in organizations whose mission is to improve educational opportunities and the instruction of children.

In the public forums held at King Lab on March 19, Dr. Goren pointed to his tenure at the Minneapolis Public Schools, where he was executive director (deputy superintendent) and was responsible for the district’s budget and finance departments; he also worked there with the director of instruction to align curriculum, instruction and assessment across the district (1995-98).

More recently he served as Interim Chief, Chicago Public Schools Office of Strategy, Research and Accountability, where he developed a Continuous Improvement Workplan for principals and their leadership teams, and led departments that focused on improving learning (2010-12).

Since 2012, he has served as senior vice president of CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. In that position he coordinates a national effort in eight urban school districts to embed social and emotional learning into instruction.

Dr. Goren has also served as executive director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (2010-12); senior vice president of The Spencer Foundation, which investigates ways in which education can be improved (2001-10); director of Child and Youth Development, Program on Human and Community Development, MacArthur Foundation (1998-2001); deputy director and later director, Education Policy Studies Division, National Governors Association (1991-95); Superintendents Prepared, an Urban Leadership Consortium (1993-94); and policy and procedures director and education analyst at the San Diego United School District (1984-87).

He also serves on the board of the Center for Teaching Quality in Carrboro, N.C., which is dedicated to improving teacher leadership and instruction. He serves or has served on the board of other national organizations whose mission is to improve instruction in science and math.

“Over the course of 34 years in education, Dr. Goren has served as a teacher, coach, deputy superintendent, strategic advisor, and instructional leader and has many years of experience in running diverse urban school districts and designing educational policy,” said District 65 in a prepared statement. “His focus both locally and nationally has been on addressing the achievement gap, promoting healthy child development, helping make data more usable, and improving teaching and learning.”

 “District 65 is filled with the best teachers, outstanding principals, active and engaged parents and community members, and students that are second to none,” said Dr. Goren. “I look forward to meeting and working with all involved in our public schools in ways that will make the citizens of Evanston and Skokie proud. I couldn’t be more excited to join District 65.”

Dr.Goren has also played an active role in local community organizations focused on academic, social, and emotional development of District 65 students. For the last ten years, he has served on the Board of the Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) and previously served as the Board’s President. He has also served on the Board of Foundation 65.

 “We are delighted that Paul Goren is ready to join District 65’s talented group of teachers, administrators and support staff to serve the students in our district, and we look forward to the great opportunities that lie ahead under his leadership,” said Ms. Quattrocki. “Moreover, we would like to thank our community for its commitment to the important process of selecting the future leader of our schools.”

“We feel very fortunate to have such a talented educator join us in our efforts to provide the very best opportunities for all the students in District 65,” said Tracy Quattrocki, president of the School Board. “Given his knowledge of the Evanston community and his unrelenting commitment to educating the diverse needs of our students, Paul Goren brings so much to our District.”

Dr. Goren holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Education and has spent 25 years in education. At the start of his career he was a middle-school teacher, and after that held leadership positions in three school districts and in organizations whose mission is to improve educational opportunities and the instruction of children.

In the public forums held at King Lab on March 19, Dr. Goren pointed to his tenure at the Minneapolis Public Schools, where he was executive director (deputy superintendent) and was responsible for the district’s budget and finance departments; he also worked there with the director of instruction to align curriculum, instruction and assessment across the district (1995-98).

More recently he served as Interim Chief, Chicago Public Schools Office of Strategy, Research and Accountability, where he developed a Continuous Improvement Workplan for principals and their leadership teams, and led departments that focused on improving learning (2010-12).

Since 2012, he has served as senior vice president of CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. In that position he coordinates a national effort in eight urban school districts to embed social and emotional learning into instruction.

Dr. Goren has also served as executive director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research (2010-12); senior vice president of The Spencer Foundation, which investigates ways in which education can be improved (2001-10); director of Child and Youth Development, Program on Human and Community Development, MacArthur Foundation (1998-2001); deputy director and later director, Education Policy Studies Division, National Governors Association (1991-95); Superintendents Prepared, an Urban Leadership Consortium (1993-94); and policy and procedures director and education analyst at the San Diego United School District (1984-87).

He also serves on the board of the Center for Teaching Quality in Carrboro, N.C., which is dedicated to improving teacher leadership and instruction. He serves or has served on the board of other national organizations whose mission is to improve instruction in science and math.

“Over the course of 34 years in education, Dr. Goren has served as a teacher, coach, deputy superintendent, strategic advisor, and instructional leader and has many years of experience in running diverse urban school districts and designing educational policy,” said District 65 in a prepared statement. “His focus both locally and nationally has been on addressing the achievement gap, promoting healthy child development, helping make data more usable, and improving teaching and learning.”

 “District 65 is filled with the best teachers, outstanding principals, active and engaged parents and community members, and students that are second to none,” said Dr. Goren. “I look forward to meeting and working with all involved in our public schools in ways that will make the citizens of Evanston and Skokie proud. I couldn’t be more excited to join District 65.”

Dr.Goren has also played an active role in local community organizations focused on academic, social, and emotional development of District 65 students. For the last ten years, he has served on the Board of the Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) and previously served as the Board’s President. He has also served on the Board of Foundation 65.

 “We are delighted that Paul Goren is ready to join District 65’s talented group of teachers, administrators and support staff to serve the students in our district, and we look forward to the great opportunities that lie ahead under his leadership,” said Ms. Quattrocki. “Moreover, we would like to thank our community for its commitment to the important process of selecting the future leader of our schools.”



Related Stories:
• A Glimpse Into Dr. Goren's Approach to Leading District 65 Forward





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