There’s a new head of innovation at the N. C. Department of Public Instruction. Recently, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt named Dr. Andrew Smith as DPI’s assistant superintendent of innovation. Dr. Smith began his role at the end of June. But, his official welcome took place last week at the State Board of Education’s August meeting. (See the Superintendent’s monthly report with information about Dr. Smith here.)
Connecting with DPI’s new head of innovation
This morning, Coalition Executive Director Lindalyn Kakadelis met with Dr. Smith. She congratulated him on his new position at DPI and then shared the history of North Carolina’s charter law and movement. Dr. Smith, in turn, shared his experience of working with the state’s only renewal district, Rowan Salisbury Schools, with charter-like flexibility. His new role at DPI includes oversight of the Office of Charter Schools.