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Michael Casserly

Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools

Michael Casserly was named Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools in January 1992 after serving as the organization's Director of Legislation and Research for 15 years.

As head of the urban school group, Dr. Casserly has unified big city schools nationwide around a vision of reform and improvement. Dr. Casserly's accomplishments include launching an aggressive research program on trends in urban education; convening the first Education Summit of Big City Mayors and Superintendents; enlisting the nation's largest urban school districts to volunteer for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); leading the first national study of common practices among the nation's fastest-improving urban school districts; and launching national task forces on achievement gaps, leadership and governance, finance, professional development and bilingual education.

He is currently spearheading efforts to boost academic performance in the nation's big city schools, strengthening management and operations, challenging inequitable state financing systems and improving the public's image of urban education.

Dr. Casserly is a U.S. Army veteran and holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree from Villanova University.