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Dr. Michael D. Casserly

Wrong Dr. Michael D. Casserly?

Executive Director of the Council

Local Address: District of Columbia, United States
Great City Schools

Employment History


  • B.A.
    Villanova University
  • Ph.D.
    University of Maryland
  • bachelor's degree
    Villanova University
  • doctorate
    University of Maryland
198 Total References
Web References
SMHC » Task Force Member Bios, 29 May 2014 [cached]
Michael Casserly, Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools, since January 1992. For the 15 years prior, he served the organization as its director of Legislation and Research. He initiated major reforms in Title I, Vocational Education, and Drug Free Schools, and wrote the federal Magnet School Act and the Urban Schools of America Act. He is a U.S. Army veteran, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and B.A. from Villanova University.
Leadership . Michelle Rhee . Who's Who | PBS, 7 April 2014 [cached]
Michael Casserly - Executive Director, Council of the Great City Schools "I always worry about people being set up as saviors and then later on being crucified when they fall from grace." Michael Casserly When Michael Casserly learned that Michelle Rhee had accepted the position of Chancellor of the DC Schools, he was surprised - but not for the reason you might think. Casserly served on the board of Rhee's non-profit, The New Teacher Project, and knew that she knew how challenging the job would be. "She's got to raise the academic performance of the kids in the school system; she's got to clean up the finance system and close the internal control problems. She's got to help fix the buildings; she's got to overhaul the personnel and Human Resource system of the school district. She's got to help recapture and regain the public's confidence in the public schools," Casserly told us with a gleam in his eye. "So, other than that, it ought to be a cakewalk."
Casserly is well versed in the challenges of running large urban school systems. For over 30 years, he's worked at the Council of the Great City Schools - a coalition of the nation's 66 largest urban public school systems which aims to promote urban education through legislation, research, and the media. (Episode 1)
Alternative governance is generally a ..., 20 April 2014 [cached]
Alternative governance is generally a reaction to a crisis, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. The council is a coalition of 66 of the country's largest districts, including Dallas.
"When a school board gets itself into a place where it can't disentangle its own dysfunction, sometimes the only way out of that circumstance is to dissolve the board and have another board put in, either elected or appointed," he said.
Usually, the alternative is appointed, he said. And in the short run, sometimes that can make a difference.
And in the long run?
"Over the long run there is not much evidence that an appointed board produces better results than an elected board," Casserly said.
The goal of Common Core is ..., 9 April 2014 [cached]
The goal of Common Core is to "... articulate what students need to know in grades K-12 in order to be ready for college or a career after they graduate," said Mike Casserly, executive director of the Council of Great City Schools, which supports and promotes the standards.
Outside vendors often operate the ..., 14 Mar 2014 [cached]
Outside vendors often operate the lowest-achieving schools in urban districts, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which is analyzing how well the strategy works.
"Preliminary evidence suggests sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," Casserly said.
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