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Mr. Jean-Claude Brizard

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Superintendents' Academy of the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems
  • Bachelor's Degree , Chemistry
    Queens College
  • Master's Degree , School Administration & Supervision
    The City College of New York
  • Master's Degree , Science Education
    Queens College
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Capital City Public Charter School Board of Trustees:, 22 Oct 2014 [cached]
Jean-Claude Brizard
Jean-Claude Brizard is President of UpSpring Education Group, a network of highly experienced education practitioners and not-for-profit leaders who work to develop proof points in education and whose goal is to support the strategic, instructional and operational work of school superintendents, public charter leaders and education organizations across the US and abroad.
During 2013, Brizard served as an advisor to the College Board leadership team, developing the organization's career readiness initiative. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester, NY School District. Under Brizard's leadership, both the Chicago Public Schools and the Rochester City School District saw substantial improvements in student performance. He introduced a comprehensive change agenda across the Chicago Public Schools, including closing a significant budget gap of more than $1.3B over two fiscal years while preserving core reforms and investing in classrooms.
Brizard's experience also includes a 21-year career as an educator and administrator with the NYC Department of Education. He served as a Regional Superintendent, supervising more than 100 schools in the Borough of Brooklyn, and he also served as the system's Executive Director for secondary schools.
Brizard is a Fellow of the Broad Center and of the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. He holds a Master in Science Education and Bachelor in Chemistry from Queens College and a Master in School Administration and Supervision from the City College of New York.
In the News: CTU commissions ..., 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
In the News: CTU commissions poll; Brizard, Lewis in public debate; union proposes longer day plan
A poll commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union "finds strong public support for the city's public school teachers and broad-and intense-opposition to the Board of Education's and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard's attempts to reduce teacher pay, even in the context of an extended school year. According to the poll: Voters are aware of the severity of the Chicago Public Schools' budget shortfall, but recognize that teachers are not responsible for it. Few believe that public school teachers are overpaid (8 percent) and 31 percent believe they are paid about the right amount. Nearly half of all voters citywide believe that Chicago public school teachers are paid too little (49 percent). The survey of 723 voters was done by Lake Research Partners, which has done polls for progressive causes, for other unions, and for politicians including Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. (Press release)
Tribune columnist Eric Zorn writes: "It's startling how thoroughly the Chicago Teachers Union is being clobbered in its ongoing public relations battle with the combined forces of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard."
CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis playfully sparred Tuesday night in a live debate over contentious issues including a longer school day and teacher pay and evaluations.
But Brizard and Lewis also found common ground on what it takes to improve the city's sagging neighborhood schools and expand education options for all students in the city, according to the Tribune, which sponsored the debate.
Children Speakers | Great Black Speakers, 16 July 2013 [cached]
Jean-Claude BrizardJean-Claude Brizard is currently a Senior Advisor at the College Board focusing on developing the organization's career readiness initiative as well as working on state and district relationships. He is the former Chief Executive of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, he was Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District (Rochester, NY).
Simple: Chicago Public Schools ... [cached]
Simple: Chicago Public Schools new chief Jean-Claude Brizard's 3-year contract clearly specifies numerous student performance goals. If those goals aren't met, he's not eligible for significant bonuses and could be fired.
If teachers are ready to be paid based on student performance and work under a fully accountable system, then they might get raises and bonuses too. But every time, a district comes close to offering pay for performance and true accountability (i.e. DC under Rhee) the union fights it, and usually defeats it.
In effect, Brizard has his work cut out for him - he can't change his performance in the classroom to better meet student needs, but instead he must hire (and fire) the right people, set a positive culture of change throughout CPS, fix the growing debt problem, implement (and cut) the right programs, and make sure that everyone else is doing their jobs.
Brizard is responsible for improvements that he doesn't have direct control over.
The team will be led by Jean-Claude Brizard, currently the Superintendent for the Rochester City School District in New York.
boe, 30 Nov 2007 [cached]
The Rochester Board of Education and Jean-Claude Brizard have agreed to a three-year contract naming Brizard Superintendent of Schools.He is expected to begin work in the District the first week of January, 2008.
"I am thrilled to be here and am looking forward to all the good we can do together as a community," Brizard said.
Brizard is the Senior Executive for Policy and Sustainability with the New York City Department of Education.He was previously the Department's Region 6 Superintendent, supervising 100 Kindergarten-Grade 12 schools with 100,000 students.Region 6 students made gains in Grades 3-8 math and ELA scores; Brizard also established a GED-Plus program, an afternoon program for high school students at risk of dropping out, and worked to remove two schools listed as "persistently dangerous" from the state's list.He was also the Executive Director for Secondary Schools in NYC, Region 8 Instructional Superintendent, a high school principal, a physics teacher, and a junior high science teacher.He has taught physics at the college level.As Region 8 leader, he spurred 232 new small schools in 4 years.
The Board's contract with Brizard calls for a $215,000 annual salary.Any increases in the second and third years will be based on the Urban Consumer Price Index and Brizard's evaluation by the Board of Education.
Brizard will follow Interim Superintendent William Cala and be the permanent replacement for Dr. Manuel Rivera, who left the District in May to work with Governor Elliot Spitzer.
Brizard and Cala will work together on a transition plan for the District.
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