Carol D. Birks, is a native of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Throughout her career, she has implemented several middle and high school improvement efforts that address the disparities in education and promote urban school reform. Previously, she has served as a teacher, program manager for a school reform initiative, administrative fellow to a college president, adjunct professor, assistant principal and principal. During her tenure as principal, she implemented innovative reforms that have had a significant impact on learning and teaching that has yielded her local and statewide recognition; Carol recently coauthored an article for the National Association of Secondary School Principals entitled Tips for First Year Principals: Eight Ways to Make Your Mark which reflects her experiences as a principal. She is also a contributor in a 2011.National Association of Secondary School Principals publication, What Works in Partnerships: Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count. Currently, Carol serves as the Vice President of Operations with Global Partnership Schools, a New York based national educational management company whose mission is to build an integrated knowledge rich learning community which affiliated schools and school districts share worldwide resources to create an educational environment that improves the instructional capacity of teachers and prepares students to succeed in the global economy. Carol is also serves as an instructional coach for school principals with the Connecticut Center for School Change.