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Chief School Improvement Officer
Paula White joined the New Jersey Department of Education as its Chief Turnaround Officer in September 2013. In this role, she monitors school improvement efforts and oversees the vision, design and execution of the 7 Regional Achievement Centers (RACs), which collectively partner with, and provide support to more than 200 Priority and Focus schools across the state. She is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and core priorities of the RACs, so as to best serve the state's students of greatest need. Most recently, she worked as a Program Director for a nonprofit organization in New York City, managing a whole school reform effort across a portfolio of high-poverty, low-performing public schools. Earlier in her career, Ms. White completed the Building Excellent Schools fellowship, and then went on to become the founder of Newark Legacy Charter School, a college-preparatory public charter school in Newark. Prior to her work in school leadership and management, Ms. White enjoyed a successful career teaching elementary and middle school students. While doing so, she also engaged in various activities as a teacher leader, including serving on the editorial board of a journal published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), working as a national writing consultant, and authoring a professional article related to teacher practice. Ms. White holds a B.A. in Child Development from Spelman College and a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.