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BEING FORWARD

We must disrupt the structural barriers to equity

By Linda Chen
October 2020
Vol. 41, No. 5
Linda Chen is the chief academic officer of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the U.S., with over 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools. She joined the Learning Forward board of trustees in December 2019. As chief academic officer of a large district, you oversee curriculum and instruction as well as other academic departments. How does professional learning contribute to the success of those departments and the district as a whole? Professional learning is really the cornerstone of the work that we do in every one of the departments. The Chief Academic Office largely provides systems-level professional learning that is then shared with superintendents and instructional support staff in the districts and boroughs to support every school and the

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