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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

MDRC Study of NYC’s Small Schools: Personalized Instruction and Rigorous Curriculum Make a Difference

MDRC’s research shows how the learning environment provided by New York City’s small public high schools – a rigorous, relevant curriculum combined with a personalized focus and emphasis on developing the vital student-teacher relationship – can make all the difference when it comes to student achievement. This real-world example shows the dramatic improvements that can happen when great teachers have the time and resources they need to both support and challenge their students.

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Focus on Teachers: World Teachers’ Day

This World Teachers’ Day, join us in lifting up our teachers so that they can continue the vital work of helping all of our students prepare for college, career, and life.

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Back to School Resources Created For Parents, By Teachers

Parents: Head back to school with these teacher-created resources.

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Focus on Teachers: Bridgeport, CT teachers discuss engaging parents at the high school level

In Bridgeport, CT, teachers are leaning in to make parent engagement meaningful and relevant for their students.

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Focus on Teachers: 19-year veteran teacher Sarah Woodard on growing as a professional

Teacher leader and 19-year teaching veteran, Sarah Woodard reflects on her experience using the Literacy Design Collaborative.

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