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Kwame Simmons


Kwame Simmons

Kwame Simmons

Kwame Simmons is a dynamic educator who uses an innovative approach to revolutionize urban education. He has dedicated his career to educating students in the urban centers of Detroit, Michigan, Saint Louis, Missouri and in the District of Columbia. His enthusiasm and depth of knowledge regarding current research in school culture, quality instruction, technology integration and assessment makes him a rarity in education. Mr. Simmons has worked tirelessly within each of his roles as an educator to turn urban schools into national models of success. He has managed to do this while creating an atmosphere that is motivating and designed to raise student achievement.

Kwame Simmons demonstrates effective leadership, through his unique ability to think outside the box and willingness to risk whatever it takes to produce the best learning environment for his school communities. While in St. Louis, his efforts led his school to receive national recognition for several awards, including Most Improved School of the Year. Additionally, after Mr. Simmons first year to an appointment of a persistently low performing school in Washington, DC the school made a 12% increase in mathematics and a 15% increase with Special Education students. Mr. Simmons went on to transform this school into the first Blended Learning School in Washington, DC. He was recently awarded the "Excellence in Education Award" for the BET HONORS Awards and featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Show.

Mr. Simmons has now returned to his hometown of Detroit as the Chief Innovation and New Schools Officer for the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. He has been charged with creating the strategy to employ turnaround efforts for the states lowest performing schools. He will be working to leverage technology to assist with curriculum, instruction and assessment to create the most robust learning environments for teachers and students.

Mr. Simmons is a product of the Detroit Public School System. He received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University in History and graduate degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University in Organizational Development and Leadership and Macdonough School of Business, Georgetown University in Executive Masters in Education. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University

Kwame Simmons is a lifelong learner who believes that all students can learn, and deserve the opportunity to receive a high quality education no matter where they reside.





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