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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

Listen to the Teachers: College- and Career-Ready Standards and Helping to Build Excellence in the Classroom

No one knows teaching like teachers. Vicki Phillips shares how we can support teachers and give them the tools they need to succeed.

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Focus on Teachers: Samantha Sams on why she almost left teaching—and why she didn’t

Teacher Samantha Sams finds motivation from collaboration and student-driven learning.

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Focus on Teachers: New York Teacher Vivett Hemans on Teaching Common Core Literacy

New York teacher Vivett Hemans on teaching literacy with the common core

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Focus on Teachers: Kathryn Suk, Inspiring New Teachers

Kathy Suk leads a collaborative professional learning community for aspiring teachers.

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Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students

We asked 4,600 teachers how they use digital tools. Here's what they told us.

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