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Audience in Lecture






Independent Consultant


McCurry Consulting (and National Summer School Initiative)


Since July 2020, Doug McCurry has been an independent education consultant. In this role, he's helped to found the National Summer School Initiative, support the founders of Opportunity College and the National Fellowship of Black and Latino Male Educators, and provided executive coaching for private, public, and parochial schools. In the 21 years before that, Doug served as co-chief executive officer and superintendent of Achievement First. In this role, Doug oversaw student achievement across the Achievement First network through the training and coaching of principals, the development and sharing of curriculum, and the evaluation of principals and schools. Prior to co-founding Achievement First in 2003, Doug was one of the founders of Amistad Academy, serving as the school's instructional leader for three years. In his teaching roles at Amistad Academy, Doug achieved outstanding results. His math students achieved 100 percent proficiency on the Connecticut Mastery Test, and his reading and writing students consistently showed over two years of growth in a single school year. Doug led the development of Achievement First's standards-based curriculum, including Athena, Achievement First's online interim assessment and data analysis system. He also led professional development efforts at Achievement First, and is a sought-after presenter and coach of teachers. Before coming to Amistad Academy and Achievement First, Doug was a management and technology consultant in Atlanta, GA, and taught history and writing and coached basketball and tennis at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. A Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Doug earned a BA in history and journalism, and was recently awarded the university’s distinguished young alumnus award. Through the Klingenstein Private School Leadership program, he earned an MA in educational administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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