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Vicki Phillips

Title Director, College-Ready Education
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As director of College-Ready Education, Vicki Phillips oversees work to ensure that U.S. high school students graduate ready to succeed, and to improve access to college.

Phillips has committed her career to increasing educational opportunities for young people. Prior to joining the foundation, she was superintendent of Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon. Before her move to Oregon, Phillips was secretary of education and chief state school officer for the State of Pennsylvania and served as superintendent of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school district. She has worked with the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C., and has been a middle and high school teacher.

Posts By Vicki Phillips

Teachers Leading through Teacher of the Year Networks

How the National Network of State Teachers of the Year supports good professional development for teachers that can have an amazing impact on kids.

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Focus on Teachers: Fresno teacher Rithy Som describes learning and leading through school redesign

Teacher leader Rithy Som talk about teaching in a whole new school design in Fresno, CA.

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Focus on Teachers: Teacher Vae Champagne talks about the power of flexible teaching time

Teacher leader Vae Champagne rises to the challenge of reimagining professional development for teachers.

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Focus on Teachers: Finding Teachers Time

Teachers tell us that they want more time to share strategies, plan lessons, observe each other’s classes, look at student work and support each other. Teachers also feel that time spent learning from each other about instruction is one of the most effective and relevant professional development available.

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Focus on Teachers: Yarra Howze, Supporting Teacher Growth

Teacher leader Yarra Howze supports teacher growth and embraces leadership role outside her classroom.

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