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Urban Education Leaders Program
Department of Organization and Leadership
Dr. Christopher Clouet
Dr. Christopher Clouet is currently the Superintendent of the Shelton Public Schools in Connecticut. Dr. Clouet has worked as a superintendent of schools for the past sixteen years, mostly in urban/suburban settings. Before that he served as a high school principal, a district curriculum coordinator, a technology director, and as a bilingual teacher.
In Shelton Dr. Clouet has introduced a well-received Vocabulary Project featuring the community-wide “Word of the Week”. He led efforts to secure a five-year federal grant to enhance instruction for English Learners. The funding includes community partners such as the Boys & Girls Club and the public library.
Before returning to Connecticut, Dr. Clouet was the Superintendent of the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns in Westchester. There he led efforts to successfully pass a $10 million Capital Projects bond referendum and worked closely with community and regional partners to develop the 40 acre Peabody Preserve Outdoor Classroom to support hands-on learning in environmental science and the arts. In Connecticut, Dr. Clouet served as Superintendent of the New London Public Schools, New London, CT for five years. In that role, Dr. Clouet was the statewide chair of the Connecticut Association of Urban Superintendents (CAUS) for several years, the STEM Council Chair of the Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, and was a member of the Executive Board of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS).
From 2009-2013, Dr. Clouet led the White Plains City School District in Westchester, NY where he led an initiative to restructure middle school education, and was awarded a multi-million dollar innovation grant to support the effort. He chaired the WPCSD district committee that organized and successfully received voter support for a $48 million capital project bond referendum.
Dr. Clouet received his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Southern CT State University, his Masters in Corporate & Political Communication from Fairfield University, his Masters in International Studies from Brown University, and his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration Studies from Teachers College Columbia University.
Dr. James Parla
Dr. James Parla served as a Superintendent of schools in New York and New Jersey for more than seventeen years. He also served as an Assistant Superintendent for business, elementary School Principal and classroom teacher. In addition to his experience as a public school administrator and teacher, Dr. Parla served as a member of his local board of education for fourteen years.
Dr. Parla received recognition for his service in public education. The majority of his career was in New York where he received the PTA Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Award, New York State PTA honorary life membership, honorary membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society and many proclamations from local and state legislators. In New Jersey, he was recognized as number 14 on Mercer County’s list of the “25 Most Interesting People in 2013”.
Dr. Parla was a frequent presenter and panelist for the New York State School Boards Association on a variety of topics in education including curriculum development, careers in education and school finance. He also participated as a guest speaker and panelist at Adelphi University, Hofstra University and Dowling College. Dr. Parla was a member of the Adelphi University School of Education Advisory Committee, Nassau Music Educators Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of SCOPE, a nonprofit organization supporting schools on Long Island. He is the former president of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.
Prior to pursuing a career in public school administration, Dr. Parla served as an Assistant Dean of the Hagan School of Business at Iona College and Director of Public Communications for NYNEX. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Urban Education Leaders Program at Columbia University Teachers College and the Graduate Education Program at Touro College. He is a volunteer for Treasure Coast Community Health and serves as a member of the Technical Center for Career and Adult Education Advisory Committee for the Indian River County School District.
Dr. Parla received his Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Oneonta, his Master of Arts from Adelphi University, his Master of Business Administration from Iona College, and his Doctorate of Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Dr. Robert Monson
Dr. Robert Monson is an associate professor of educational leadership at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. He is also an adjunct associate professor of education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University where he is a faculty member in the Cahn Fellowship for Distinguished New York City Principals. Also at Teachers College, advises doctoral dissertations, coordinates the Education Policy Fellowship Program, offered in collaboration with the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC.. From 2000 to 2009, he was a senior lecturer and program coordinator in education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Saint Louis University. In 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Across seven states he has served public school children in the capacities of teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and four superintendent positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New York. From 1990 to 2000 he taught in Lesley University’s national curriculum and instruction masters degree program. From 1990 to 1992, he served as a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Principals Center. In 1997, he was a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In recent years he has served as a consultant for ASCD, Public Agenda,the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and the Tri-States Standards Consortium. Currently, he is consultant to the University of Cambridge (UK) International Examinations and is engaged in principal professional development initiatives in China. He has co-authored two volumes on performance assessment for Zephyr Press and has published numerous journal articles on curriculum, assessment, and literacy education. His professional interests lie in leadership development, curriculum and learning, and public engagement.