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Mr. Jean-Claude Brizard

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Partner and Vice President

Phone: (301) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
Cross & Joftus LLC
8610 Ridge Rd.
Bethesda , Maryland 20817
United States

Company Description: Cross & Joftus works with states, foundations, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to meet their education goals. We help our clients build internal...   more

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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Our People - Cross & Joftus | Edstrategies, 7 Oct 2015 [cached]
Leading the Cross & Joftus team are the five partners: Christopher T. Cross, Scott Joftus, Sharon Deich, Monica S. Rosen and Jean-Claude Brizard.
Jean-Claude Brizard brings extensive experience as the district leader for Chicago Public Schools and Rochester City School District and as an educator and administrator in the New York City Department of Education to lead both the firm's school and district transformation work and its CTE and workforce development practice area.(email: Read more
Jean-Claude Brizard
Jean-Claude Brizard is a Partner and Vice President of the education policy consulting firm Cross & Joftus, where he leads the firm's school and district transformation work with states and districts as well as the firm's CTE and workforce development practice area. Brizard is a noted educator with experience as the district leader in Chicago and Rochester and as an educator and administrator in the New York City Department of Education.
Prior to joining the firm, Brizard was president of UpSpring Education Group, a network of highly experienced education practitioners and education sector leaders who partner with mid-sized, high-poverty districts to build transformational plans for reform, ensure the capacity to execute with excellence and help redefine the way that success is measured. Brizard spent the 2013 calendar year as an advisor to the leadership of College Board developing the organization's career readiness initiative. This engagement culminated in a strategic plan for integrating career readiness into the College Board's mission and a special supplement that was published as part of the 45th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
Brizard is the former Chief Executive 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. Brizard 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. He developed a new framework for teaching, and the system saw record increases in student achievement and graduation rates and on college readiness benchmarks. He created a Blueprint for reform that will continue to serve as roadmap for years to come.
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.
AFT, Local 212 MATC News Archive, 16 Dec 2015 [cached]
September 10 - 2012 | Chicago Public Schools [CPS] CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is on record saying both that CTU leadership is deciding whether or not to strike, and that "everyone knows that a strike would only hurt our kids."
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.
Youth Leadership Speakers | Great Black Speakers, 16 July 2013 [cached]
Jean-Claude Brizard Mr. 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.
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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