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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

College Readiness: Our Students Deserve No Less

The Let's Talk series is designed to share what we are learning from our investments and the work of our partners. Our work highlights the importance of high standards; high-quality feedback; and strong, useful tools.

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Let’s Talk! Listening and Learning from Teachers

The Let’s Talk series is designed to share what we are learning from our investments and the work of our partners. Check out what teachers have to say in this first edition.

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Focus on Teachers: Barry Saide on the importance of knowing who students are

Teacher leader, Barry Saide lights up when he talks about his students.

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Preparing Teachers for Excellence

How do we help teachers get started on a path to excellence? One way is to understand more about how to best prepare candidates to enter the teaching profession.

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Tools Being Talked About

It's exciting to see an increasing array of flexible, instructional tools available in the digital marketplace. Teachers, superintendents, district leaders and others in the field have said they want to know more about what's available.

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