“It is the role of school system leaders to foster innovation and create environments where teaching and learning can truly be transformed. To create such an environment, there must be genuine empathy and authentic collaboration where relationships can be formed and best practices can be shared. Only in this way can we truly inspire excellence.”
In March 2015, the Boston School Committee voted to appoint Dr. Tommy Chang as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools effective July 1, 2015. In this role he will lead the nation's first school district, which serves more than 56,000 students in 125 schools, and will serve as a cabinet member to Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Previously, Dr. Chang served as the Local Instructional Superintendent, Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District where he oversaw 135 schools and approximately 95,000 students.
Dr. Chang also previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD. He is a former teacher and principal. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, a M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute at UCLA, a M.Ed. from the Teachers Education Program at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.