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Dr. Monica George-Fields

President and Chief Education Officer of Reimagine Excellence and Achievement Consulting HouseĀ (REACH)

Dr. Monica George-Fields, member of UELP's 2007 cohort, is currently the President and Chief Education Officer of Reimagine Excellence and Achievement Consulting House (REACH). REACH is dedicated to increasing student achievement by coaching school communities through their school improvement and sustaining efforts. REACH has provided educational services to districts throughout New York State, Michigan, and Minnesota.  

Most recently, Dr. George-Fields was appointed by New York State Education Department Commissioner to Education Monitor for East Ramapo School District. As the NYSED Education Monitor, Monica assisted the district with developing a strategic plan that addressed grade configuration, use of funded programs, and quality of instruction. Immediately preceding that assignment, Monica served as the Senior Fellow for School Innovation for the Regents Research Fund, a privately funded non-profit organization that provided direct services to the NYSED Commissioner and Board of Regents. As a direct report to Commissioner John King, Jr., now United States Education Secretary, Dr. George-Fields created New York State’s Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE), a school and district review tool used to evaluate the practices of all federally identified schools and districts. She also led the charge to convert required annual School Comprehensive Education Plans to 3-year strategic plans, which resulted in the adoption and implementation of the Strategic Plan for School Excellence for all 700 Focus and Priority Schools. Prior to becoming a senior fellow, Dr. George-Fields held positions at the New York City Department of Education, including Deputy Senior Supervising Superintendent, Deputy Chief Education Officer for Cluster Three, Senior Director of Policy and Strategic Planning for the Division of School Support, and Director of Curriculum for Empowerment Schools. 

Dr. George-Fields received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida A&M University, her Master of Science in in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, her Master of Education in Organization & Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Doctorate of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University concentrating in Urban Education and Leadership.  

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