Terrence Carter, currently the director and chief academic officer of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, has been named superintendent of the New London CT public schools. Before joining AUSL, he was principal of Barton Elementary, which received an Illinois Academic Improvement Award for showing upward trends in test scores for three consecutive years. Barton also served on Mayor Emanuel’s Early Childhood Education Task Force.
Erica Okezie-Phillips, an education program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is leaving the foundation at the end of May. Okezie-Phillips, who has been with the foundation for the past seven years, is heading off to Grenada “for a brief adventure before she decides on a new path in her professional career,” reports Sara Slaughter, director of the foundation’s education program.
Jose Rico has been named senior vice president of community investment at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Rico served four years as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Nora Moreno Cargie, the director of global corporate citizenship at The Boeing Company’s Chicago office, is stepping down in April. She is moving to Boston, where she will serve as vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and executive director of its foundation.
Julie Wilen has been named executive director at the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation. Previously, Wilen was the director of strategic planning at the University of Illinois’ Center for Urban Education Leadership.
Here’s a roundup of principal contracts announced in November: Nathan Manaen, Ravenswood, formerly an instructional support leader in the Pilsen-Little Village Network; James McNealey, Nicholson, former principal at Delano; Kelly Mest, Northside College Prep, previously an assistant principal at Lindblom High, Nicole Monroe, Tanner, previously principal at Sexton; and Rituparna Raichoudhuri, Wells High School, formerly an interim principal at Wells High.
Cornelia Grumman has been named director of policy and strategic communications at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. Grumman previously served as the founding executive director of the First Five Years Fund and before that was a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. In her new role, she will spearhead national outreach to policymakers and educators who can put the Institute’s findings into action.
Mark Neidlinger, principal of Drummond Montessori in Bucktown, the first public Montessori school in Chicago, is leaving the school in October. He is taking a principal position in a public Montessori school in western Michigan.