Superintendent Pollio Names Dr. Carmen Coleman Permanent JCPS Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Coleman recognized as expert in implementing deeper learning strategies

May 3, 2018—Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio announced today that Dr. Carmen Coleman has been hired as the permanent chief academic officer for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Dr. Coleman has served in an acting role since July 11, 2017.

“We are transforming instruction in JCPS and Dr. Coleman is an integral part of that work,” Dr. Pollio said. “Known throughout Kentucky as a true thought leader on implementing deeper learning in classrooms, Dr. Coleman’s expertise is exactly what our district needs as we launch our bold new JCPS Backpack of Student Success Skills initiative—a graduate profile ensuring that all students leave high school with the skills needed to succeed in college, career and life. From the very beginning, Dr. Coleman has led the way on strategies that are strengthening student engagement in JCPS, and I’m proud she’s now a permanent part of our leadership team.” 

Headshot of Dr. Carmen Coleman

Earlier this year, Dr. Coleman launched the “What’s in Your Backpack?” video series, with each episode focusing on a specific aspect of the Backpack of Student Success Skills development. A fundamental piece of Dr. Pollio’s five-point plan for moving JCPS forward, the superintendent and his leadership team will be implementing the Backpack of Student Success Skills initiative districtwide during the 2018-19 school year—providing students with a backpack full of universal essential skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Students will fill their virtual backpacks with examples of their work and defend that work during the school year. 

Dr. Coleman previously served as an associate clinical professor at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies. She was the program coordinator for the Principal Preparation Program and the director of the Next Generation Leadership Academy.

Before joining UK, Dr. Coleman served as superintendent of Danville Independent Schools. Previously, she was director of elementary schools in Fayette County. She began her career in Scott County, where she worked as a teacher and principal. 

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