Over the past two years, schools have been battling with the pandemic in many different ways in order to provide high quality education to all children. They have responded creatively to the many disruptions COVID-19 has posted to schooling. In this episode, we invited two superintendents, Dr. Christine Ackerman from Chappaqua Central School District in New York and Dr. Chris Kennedy from West Vancouver, British Columbia, to share with us their actions, innovations, and their perspectives on where schools can and will go after the pandemic. More about our guests after the video:
Dr. Christine Ackerman is the Superintendent of Schools for the Chappaqua Central School District in Westchester, New York. She began her career in education as a Social Studies Teacher and Dean of Students at the High School for Law and Public Service in Washington Heights, N.Y. Dr. Ackerman also served as a Dean of Students at John Jay High School/Cross River and a Vice Principal/Director of Student Affairs for Valhalla Middle High School in Westchester, N.Y. In March of 2009, Dr. Ackerman became the Principal of Millbrook High School and later went on to become the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Personnel Services in Millbrook. In July of 2014, Dr. Ackerman became the Superintendent of Schools for the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District located in Orange County, N.Y before joining Chappaqua in July of 2017.
Chris Kennedy is the Superintendent of Schools with the West Vancouver School District in British Columbia. He has taught secondary English and Social Studies, and been both an elementary and secondary school principal. He was appointed to the superintendency in October of 2009. One of the most progressive voices in BC education, Chris has been featured in various publications across Canada for his educational leadership. He completed his Doctorate in Education at the University of Kansas in 2021.