When, almost two years ago, Tommy Chang took on the role of superintendent of Boston Public Schools, he did so with the hope that he would be able to build on the successes of his predessors to increase equity, innovation, and family partnerships. But, as with any large urban school system, he knew there would be challenges.
"There is such a rich history of education in the city, and it is one of the highest performing urban school systems — if not the highest performing urban school system in the country," says Chang. "But what you see here, like you see everywhere else, is persistent opportunity achievement gaps and that's our challenge. Our mission is to close opportunity achievement gaps for all kids. And that's the work that we're doing."
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, reflects on his leadership, his vision, and why he chose education as a career.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber and co-produced by Jill Anderson, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.
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