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Atlantic National Superintendents Academy
2016-17 Faculty, Speakers, & Panel of Practitioners

GormanPeteDr. Peter Gorman

Peter Gorman brings more than 25 years of experience in education to his role as Managing Director of Academies for Atlantic Research Partners. Atlantic’s National Superintendents Academy delivers intensive instruction on the academic, political, legal and logistical complexities—and the demanding realities—confronting school leaders today; it provides its services in a manner that accommodates the relentless schedules of current school district leaders and professionals. He is also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates. He previously spent four years as Executive Vice President of Education Services for Amplify.

He began his career as a second-grade teacher in Orlando, Florida. He worked as a teacher, principal and district-level administrator in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California. In 2006, he became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Under his leadership, the district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education, which recognizes increases in student achievement and closing of achievement gaps.

Gorman graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He also holds a master’s in business administration from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and a master’s and doctorate in education leadership from the University of Central Florida.


MatthewsVinceDr. Vincent Matthews

Dr. Vincent Matthews is currently the State Administrator for Inglewood USD, and former Superintendent of the San Jose Unified School District serving 33,000 students. Dr. Matthews received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (2010), his Masters in Educational Administration (1990) and his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (1985) from San Francisco State University. He is also a graduate of the Broad Superintendent’s Academy class of 2006.



murleyDr. Stephen Murley

Dr. Murley was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Schools in April 2010 and formally assumed this position on July 1, 2010. Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan with a triple major in Economics, History, and Communications. He also completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in Educational Administration. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin.


Jonathan-Raymond-242x300Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan P. Raymond is the President of the Stuart Foundation. Previously, Jonathan was Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) in Sacramento, California’s 11th largest school district, from 2009-2013. Prior to SCUSD, Jonathan served as Chief Accountability Officer of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where he led the implementation of a comprehensive accountability system. Jonathan was a Fellow in the Broad Superintendents Academy and completed the Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. He holds a Juris Doctorate from George Mason Law School in Arlington, VA and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.


davidsundstrom2012David Sundstrom, JD

David Sundstrom is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Atlantic Research Partners and Acceleration Academies, LLC. He served as former legal council to State off MI legislature, law professor at MI State University, and as chief of staff for the Christina (Wilmington), DE and Duval County (Jacksonville), FL school systems. David is co-author of TAO of Interviewing—toolkit for hiring managers and governing boards. He also is co-author of Power of Teaching—the Science of the Art and Power of Coaching—Teachers & Teaching.


joey-wDr. Joseph Wise

Joseph Wise is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Research Partners. He served as a former school superintendent in Christina School District in Delaware, and Duval County in Florida. He is a co-author of TAO of Interviewing—toolkit for hiring managers and governing boards, and Power of Teaching—the Science of the Art and Power of Coaching—Teachers & Teaching. Joseph Wise is also a member of the governing boards of Northwest Evaluation Association; Acceleration Academies, LLC; Teacher Match—predictive analytics research organization for teacher assessment; and DC-based, Knowledge Alliance. Dr. Wise also led the employment division of the Walt Disney World Corporation through extensive restructuring and expansion of its executive, managerial, salaried and hourly employee function; this in turn created the largest single-campus employer in the world (expanded to 52,000 employees). Before serving as a Superintendent, Dr. Wise began his educational journey as a teacher.


jim-hager_2014-12-04Dr. James Hager

Dr. James Hager is the Executive Vice President of Atlantic Research Partners. He served as a former school superintendent in Washoe County, NV; Kent School District, WA; and Boulder Valley School District, CO. Dr. Hager is a former doctoral programs coordinating professor at UNLV and currently works as a doctoral programs professor with University of WA.



HugeJimJim Huge

Jim Huge is a Senior Executive Consultant with Atlantic Research Partners. He has led school boards in more than 230 successful school superintendent searches over the past 25 years. Jim Huge is a former Superintendent in Cherry Creek, CO and Casper, WY school districts. He worked as an adviser to senior executives in Fortune 100 companies including: Walt Disney Corporation, Costco and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Scott Flowers

Mr. Flowers holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in Music Education.  He began his career in education as an elementary music teacher in Brevard County, Florida. Prior to accepting the position as Chief Academic Officers of Acceleration Academies, Mr. Flowers served as the Chief Academic Officer and Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Allendale County Schools in South Carolina.



Speakers & Panel of Practitioners

Dr. Timothy Quinn

Dr. Tim Quinn has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in superintendent preparation, coaching and support.  In 1998, he founded the Michigan Leadership Institute and the Michigan SUPES Academy, which convened for the first time in 2000.  Today, more than half of Michigan’s school superintendents have received leadership preparation through the SUPES Academy.  In 2002, he was contracted by The Broad Foundation of Los Angeles, California, to serve as the founding Managing Director of The Broad Center for Superintendents and the Broad Superintendents Academy.  This Academy focused on preparing leaders across America for the superintendency of our nation’s largest and most challenging urban districts.

Throughout his career, Quinn has also served as an English teacher and football coach, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and, at age 32, was appointed Superintendent of the 20,000-student Green Bay Public Schools in Wisconsin, a position he held for almost seven years.  He also served a term as Wisconsin’s Deputy State Superintendent and eight years as President of Northwestern Michigan College.

Quinn holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan, and has been recognized with honorary doctoral degrees from Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Grand Valley State Universities for his leadership in the field of education.

Dr. Martha Burns

Dr. Martha Burns is a Joint Appointment Professor at Northwestern University and has authored three books and over 100 journal articles on the neuroscience of language and communication. Dr. Burns’ expertise is in all areas relating to the neuroscience of learning, such as: language and reading in the brain, the bilingual brain, the language to literacy continuum and the adolescent brain. Dr. Martha Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Director of Neuroscience Education for Scientific Learning Corporation.

Dr. Matt Chapman

As President and CEO, Matt Chapman leads Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) in achieving their vision of positively transforming education to accelerate growth and mastery for each student. Since joining NWEA in December 2006, Matt has led the organization in growing the number of students served from fewer than 2 million, to well over 8 million. He has introduced new products and services and positioned NWEA as a national thought leader and advocate for assessments that help students’ academic growth-consistent with our mission of partnering to help all children learn. Matt received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Portland in 1971 and a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 1974.

Dr. A. Katrise Perera

The National Association of School Superintendent 2015 SUPERINTENDENT-OF-THE-YEAR Awardee, Dr. A. Katrise Perera recently returned to Virginia’s 5th largest school district, Henrico County Schools, as the Deputy Superintendent for Instruction. For the four years prior, she served in Isle of Wight County Schools as the Superintendent. Dr. Perera holds a post-master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Merchandising/Marketing from the University of Louisiana – where she was also a premier Division-I college athlete.

Dr. Joseph Scherer

Dr. Joseph Scherer currently serves as the Executive Director of the Superintendents’ National Dialogue. Prior to founding, Scherer co-founded and served as managing director of the District Management Council, where he provided consulting support on management issues for seventy-five school districts across America. He has held a variety of other executive and leadership positions at prominent companies including Harcourt Education, Kaplan Learning Services and IBM. Before entering the education field, he spent eighteen years working in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ayinde Ruldolph

Prior to Dr. Rudolph’s current appointment as the Superintendent of Mountain View Whisman School District (CA), he served as Associate Director of School Transformation for the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and principal of Westminster Community Charter School. The Promise Neighborhood Initiative is a five-year federally funded program that is modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which encourages communities, which are in distress, to develop public-private partnerships. His achievements during his tenure with the Promise Neighborhood included, instituting a 1:1 learning environment, which led to recognition from President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House; the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system, and three new curriculums that were aligned to the new national standards.  He also led a redesign of the schools talent acquisition and management systems, particularly how teachers and leaders give and receive feedback that encourages positive growth. Ayindé received his Doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Organizations from Vanderbilt University. He also holds an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration degree from George Washington University, as well as a Master’s of Education degree in Secondary Education.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wittenberg University.

Jonathan Travers

Jonathan leads the consulting practice area at ERS and works with districts to analyze and improve resource use across systems. Jonathan currently leads the ERS teams working with Cleveland and Charlotte, and he most recently led the work in Denver and Washington, DC. This work includes examining each district’s funding strategy, mapping current resource use, and advising on how to reallocate to support specific district goals. In Denver and Charlotte, it’s also meant building capacity around school design and the effective use of resources at the school level. Prior work includes a partnership with Atlanta Public Schools to build an innovative Teacher Effectiveness Dashboard now in use across the system, and the support of Charlotte’s Strategic Staffing Initiative that is turning around many of its lowest performing schools. He has also managed or supported projects in Jacksonville, SacramentoPhiladelphia, BostonOaklandLos Angeles and Rochester.

Previously, Jonathan was Vice-President of Finance and Administration at Teach For America (TFA), where he was responsible for the organization’s overall financial health and all resource allocation processes. He helped TFA more than double in size over five years while simultaneously strengthening its financial position and making substantial programmatic improvements. As budget director of the D.C. Public Schools, Jonathan oversaw a $1 billion operating budget and led the development and implementation of the Weighted Student Formula, a school-based budgeting system designed to equitably and strategically allocate resources to schools. He was also an analyst at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget where he had responsibility for the budget development and management of a portfolio of federal education programs. Jonathan began his career as an elementary school teacher in Compton, CA through TFA.

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson served as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools from February 2010 to January 2015. Dr. Johnson oversaw academic achievement for over 35,000 Minneapolis district pubic school students and their 7,000 staff members.  Dr. Johnson led the district through many ups and downs, as she faced urgent pressure from the community to improve educational outcomes—especially low-income students and students of color—and led the district through the tail end of a recession that resulted in mass layoffs. She also initiated bold solutions to improve education outcomes and close the achievement gap, including ending nonviolent suspensions for young children and an aggressive teacher union negotiations titled “Shift” that focused on changes to staffing, and greater school autonomy and accountability. She also initiated a strategic approach to work closely with high performing charter schools and co created a unique collaboration with Harvest Prep Network to open Mastery School. Dr. Johnson taught 5th grade and is a National Board Certified teacher who has also been a building principal.