Albany – SUNY Trustees Chairman Carl T. Hayden and
Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher congratulated Jonas S. Chartock on his exemplary
leadership as he announced his departure from the SUNY Charter Schools
Institute to develop an innovative non-profit organization.
Chartock will step down from
his role as Executive Director of the SUNY Charter Schools to become the Chief
Executive Officer of New Orleans based Leading Educators, an organization
focused on supporting and developing teacher-leaders as change agents to ensure
high academic achievement for every student. Chartock will lead the
organization’s national expansion.
Chartock, 35, is a nationally
recognized authority on education reform, school choice, and the professional
development of quality teachers. Chartock has led the Charter Schools Institute
with distinction, making quality improvements to Institute practices, expanding
the Institute’s collaboration with state and national charter and educational
organizations, and refining and executing the authorizing policies of the SUNY
Board of Trustees.
Chartock will leave the
Institute on November 15, 2010 and will assume his duties as Leading Educator's
first CEO on January 10, 2011.
SUNY will begin a
national search for Chartock’s replacement.
“Jonas has led SUNY’s Charter
Schools Institute with integrity and an unbeatable energy and enthusiasm for
doing this work of charter authorizing right,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T.
Hayden. “He has successfully navigated the Institute through challenging
times, all the while continuing to seize new opportunities for moving the
organization to the next level. He will be greatly missed.”
“It comes as no surprise that
Leading Educators would turn to SUNY as the source for its first CEO” said SUNY
Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "I know Jonas will bring the expertise and
innovative thinking he demonstrated at the Charter Schools Institute to his new
role. We will miss him and wish him all the best."
Prior to joining the
Institute, Chartock was the Founder and Chief
Executive Officer of the Charter School Policy Institute (CSPI) in Austin, Texas, a position he held since 2005. At CSPI, Chartock led a high quality,
web-based policy and research enterprise dedicated to better understanding the
concept of school choice. Prior to joining CSPI, Mr. Chartock served as
Executive Director of Teach For America in Houston, Texas, where he was
responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of over 500 first- and second-year
teachers. He began his professional career as a
teacher through Teach For America in the Compton Unified School District in Compton, California.
Julie Mikuta of NewSchools
Venture Fund and a board member of Leading Educators, said, “We are thrilled
that Jonas will lead the expansion of Leading Educators. This innovative
organization will help schools keep the strongest teachers in the field, by
effectively training them to lead other teachers in their schools to produce
high levels of student achievement. Jonas brings a rare combination of skills
and experiences that will enable Leading Educators to serve teachers and school
“This is a most exciting and
bittersweet transition,” said Chartock. “SUNY has more than earned its
reputation as a national exemplar in charter authorizing and it has been my
privilege to lead this dynamic organization. I hope to continue my support of
the Institute and all of the wonderful people I met in my time there in my new
role, dedicated to creating teacher-leaders for the benefit of all public
The national roll-out of
Leading Educators is a partnership with Absolute Return for Kids, Teaching
Leaders U.K., New Leaders for New Schools, NewSchools Venture Fund, and FirstLine Schools.
“I am excited to work to
bring to scale a unique program that develops and retains our best teacher
leaders in order to help more teachers significantly raise student achievement
in their classrooms and across their schools,” explained Chartock.
Mr. Chartock is
an Ed.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, with an anticipated
degree date of spring 2011. He holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from the
Harvard University Graduate School of Education; an M.A. in Education:
Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University; and a B.S. in Industrial
and Labor Relations from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor
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