Paul Fleming serves as the senior vice-president for standards, states, and equity at Learning Forward. His current areas of focus include the revision of the Standards for Professional Learning and multiple consulting projects with states and districts to increase educator and leader effectiveness through equity-focused, high quality professional learning. Prior to joining Learning Forward, he served as the assistant commissioner for the Teachers and Leaders Division at the Tennessee Department of Education. He was responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation, and support of impactful policies, practices, and programs related to teacher and leader preparation institutions, licensure, evaluation and development, and educator talent.
Examples of work Paul led included the revision and implementation of the current state leadership standards and administrator evaluation rubric, the Tennessee Teacher Leader Network comprised of 62 districts, the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance that fostered nine innovative principal pipeline models with 23 districts across the state, and a three-year micro-credential pilot with 800+ teachers designed to increase personalized professional learning opportunities aligned to the state evaluation model. He also led the development of the Tennessee Leaders for Equity Playbook described in this Wallace Foundation blog post that features seven equity commitments, all selected for their strong research base that correlates with improved student outcomes, and corresponding actions for school, district, school board, and community members.
Before joining the department in 2012, he was a social studies teacher at the middle and high school levels and principal at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School in Nashville, TN. Hume-Fogg has been ranked as one of the top 50 public high schools in the United States since 2006 and was named a national Blue Ribbon School (2011) by the US Department of Education.