Richard Lemons

Executive Director

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Richard brings over 25 years of experience to the organization, formerly serving as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, change coach, researcher, policy advocate and university professor. Regardless of the role, Richard’s professional career is defined by a commitment to the large-scale improvement of instruction and leadership aimed at bringing about more equitable outcomes for young people. Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University, and master’s and doctorates in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard. Richard co-authored Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming our Schools with his colleagues at the Harvard Change Leadership Group. He has published numerous book chapters and articles in periodicals including KappanJournal of Staff DevelopmentASCD ExpressVoices in Urban Education (VUE), and Education Canada. Richard also serves as a faculty member for Yale University’s Education Studies Program. In addition to working with the board to provide leadership for the organization, Richard helps facilitate the Superintendents’ Network, teaches in the annual Equity Institute and works closely with numerous district clients on strategic planning, central office transformation and capacity and coherence audits.