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Dr. Jaime R. Aquino

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Chief Program Officer

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New Leaders Inc
30 West 26Th Street Second Floor
New York , New York 10010
United States

Company Description: New Leaders for New Schools is a national non-profit organization that selects and trains passionate and results-focused individuals, from within education, as well...   more

Employment History


  • Ph.D. , Curriculum and Teaching
  • bachelor's degree , Psychology
    Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
  • Fordham University
  • Master's Degree , Bilingual Education
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Web References
Leadership Team | New Leaders, 14 July 2015 [cached]
Jaime Aquino, Ph.D.
Chief Program Officer
Dr. Jaime Aquino is the Chief Program Officer for New Leaders. He oversees design, development and delivery for New Leaders' core programs, ensuring that participants acquire the essential leadership skills needed to build vibrant schools and advance student achievement.
Dr. Aquino was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology at the Instituto Tecnol├│gico de Santo Domingo. While attending college, Dr. Aquino volunteered extensively, forging a lifelong commitment to combatting poverty, hunger and homelessness. After moving to New York City, Dr. Aquino continued his studies at Fordham University, earning a Master's Degree in Bilingual Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a specialty in language, learning and literacy.
Dr. Aquino began his career in education as a bilingual teacher at P.S. 54 in Queens and in 1990 he was named New York State Bilingual Teacher of the Year. Dr. Aquino went on to hold a variety of instructional leadership roles in New York, eventually rising to become Deputy Executive Director for the Division of Instructional Support and Local Instructional Superintendent. Dr. Aquino has also held top leadership positions in several major districts, most recently serving as Deputy Superintendent of Instruction for Los Angeles Unified School District, where he was responsible for overseeing the local district superintendents, teaching and learning, special education, early childhood, adult education, and parent and community engagement. Aquino also served as Chief Academic Officer in Denver, where he was responsible for implementing a reform agenda that led to record gains in student achievement.
Before joining New Leaders, Dr. Aquino was the Executive Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at the New Teacher Center (NTC), where he oversaw district partnerships, program development, business development and client services. He has also served as General Manager for the East Region of America's Choice, where he managed the delivery of contractual services in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
Jaime Aquino said ..., 30 Aug 2014 [cached]
Jaime Aquino said his involvement in the project was "by the book" and with the approval of the district's legal counsel.
"I have practically nothing to hide," Aquino mentioned in emails to The Instances.
Aquino, 49, has come below criticism for correspondence with education giant Pearson, which in the end was selected to offer the curriculum for the district's iPad plan. Aquino had worked for a Pearson subsidiary just before joining the district.
In a single e-mail, Aquino appeared to be strategizing with Pearson representatives when he wrote: "I believe we would have to make positive that your bid is the lowest 1."
Aquino said Thursday he was not trying to subvert the open bidding method — that he meant only to emphasize to Pearson the district's intention to choose the lowest bidder.
In the full e-mail, sent in Might 2012, Aquino expresses concerns about the expense of instruction 2,000 teachers who would then function with their colleagues to study the Pearson software. He goes on to voice worries about no matter if the district's bandwidth can deal with every student working with a computer system for the 2013 school year.
He also weighs whether or not the district really should have an open bidding process, then tends to make the comment about Pearson coming in with the "lowest 1."
"I was basically explaining that they have to be the low bidder," he told The Occasions. "That's not proprietary details. That's merely explaining how it works. I would say the same issue to any bidder. I had equivalent conversations with other vendors."
Aquino on Thursday also addressed whether or not he broke ethics rules by discussing contracts with Pearson at all. L.A Unified policy prohibits personnel from such dealings with former employers for 12 months. Aquino joined L.A. Unified in July 2011 from America's Decision, a Pearson affiliate. Less than a year later, records show, he was exchanging the emails with Pearson.
But he stated there was an explanation for that.
Aquino left the district at the end of last year and now is an executive with New Teacher Center, which provides assistance and education for incoming instructors.
Till the iPad controversy thrust him into the spotlight, Aquino was comparatively unknown beyond education circles.
A native of the Dominican Republic, he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo. When there he also "volunteered to teach literacy to underprivileged children and adults, to work with handicapped kids and to function with people today with leprosy," according to his biography.
Aquino moved to the United States in the late 1980s, and in 1990 was named New York State Bilingual Teacher of the Year. He later held different posts in the New York system and was a deputy superintendent for Hartford Public Schools.
In 2005 he moved west to turn out to be chief academic officer for Denver Public Schools.
The existing superintendent, Tom Boasberg, worked alongside Aquino as a major deputy and called him a "straight shooter."
The complex rating method for bidders was overseen by Aquino, as part of a compact executive committee.
In June 2013, district employees told the Board of Education that the Apple/Pearson group provided not only the most effective product but also the finest cost.
Board member Steve Zimmer recalled asking Aquino if the bidding method had been beyond reproach.
Rocky Mountain News: Education, 14 June 2006 [cached]
Jaime Aquino, chief academic officer for DPS, said he paid a surprise visit to Alston's classroom in May.He said he saw students reading, using grown-up vocabulary, and respectfully listening and responding to one another.
"She is an inspiration," Aquino said.
America's Choice | Backed by Great People, 12 Mar 2011 [cached]
Jaime Aquino General Manager, North Region
Jaime Aquino has returned to New York City after serving as Chief Academic Officer for the Denver Public Schools. Dr. Aquino has a long and illustrious career in New York City where he has served as Local Instructional Superintendent for Region Nine, Deputy Executive Director in the Division of Instructional Support, the Director of Bilingual, ESL, Foreign Language and Multicultural Education for Community School District Six , the Director of Mathematics for Community School District Six, and as a bilingual teacher. Aquino also served as Deputy Superintendent in Hartford, Connecticut, and as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. As an administrator, Aquino has been instrumental in achieving record gains in New York City Region Nine and double-digit growth in Hartford.
Aquino calls it quits UTLA ..., 12 Nov 2013 [cached]
Aquino calls it quits UTLA issued the following statement in reaction to the resignation of LAUSD Deputy Superintendent Jaime Aquino. UTLA sees this change in senior LAUSD management as an opportunity for all of us to revisit the instructional direction of the District. UTLA President Warren Fletcher said, "the 'new policy environment' cited by Superintendent Deasy as the reason for Dr. Aquino's departure, is, in fact, an acknowledgement by the School Board that, when parents and the community of LAUSD made their voices heard through the democratic process in the March and May elections, those parents and community clearly rejected the testing-centric, bureaucratic top-down model of education championed by Dr. Aquino."
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