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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

Focus on Teachers: Brooklyn teacher Aaron Kaswell talks about his shift to personalized learning

Catching up with teacher-leader Aaron Kaswell who is implementing personalized learning in his Brooklyn classroom.

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Teachers Know Best: Teachers’ Views on Professional Development

It’s time we started listening more closely to what teachers want, and trust the teachers.

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Focus on Teachers: How teachers help students manage their own learning

How science Teacher Brian Johnson and the Summit Denali School Team are helping students manage their own learning.

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4 Examples of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education

How teachers are finding new ways to meet each individual student’s needs, skills, and interests.

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5 Things You Should Know About Personalized Learning

How schools and colleges are tapping into characteristics that make each student unique.

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