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Paul Goren, Innovations board member, named superintendent of Evanston District 65


gorenGood news for the school kids of Evanston, Ill.: Paul Goren, one of Innovations for Learning’s board members, is the new superintendent of the Evanston school district.

The Evanston Board of Education announced his selection yesterday. The appointment becomes official at the next board meeting, on Monday.

“Paul is an outstanding educator who has both national prominence and local roots,” said Seth Weinberger, founder and executive director of Innovations for Learning, itself based in the Chicago suburb.

“He will be a tremendous leader for progressive education in a very progressive community.

“Congratulations to Paul and to Evanston for recruiting him.”

A longtime educator and administrator, Goren is currently senior vice president for programs at The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in Chicago. Previously, he served as interim chief for strategy & accountability for Chicago Public Schools and a deputy superintendent at Minneapolis Public Schools.

A 16-year resident of Evanston, Goren told a recent candidate’s forum that he supports the district’s efforts at early-childhood education, strengthening arts education and helping all students achieve at the highest possible level, but not at the expense of the high achievers.

In a news release yesterday, district officials said its new chief has spent 34 years in education as a teacher, coach, deputy superintendent, strategic advisor, and instructional leader and has many years of experience in running diverse urban school districts and designing educational policy.

“His focus, both locally and nationally, has been on addressing the achievement gap, promoting healthy child development, helping make data more usable, and improving teaching and learning,” the release said.

The school district, District 65, serves Evanston and parts of neighboring Skokie with 10 elementary schools, three middle schools, two K-8 magnet schools, an early-childhood school and two special schools.



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