Episode No. 70: Valerie Truesdale, Long-Time School Superintendent


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When we did this interview, Valerie Truesdale was the Superintendent of Beaufort County Schools in South Carolina. She retired this summer, but recently took a job as CIO in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) School District; that position will begin in October.

That’s all background, but what’s interesting about this interview is that we talk a lot about how to use data to help students and help schools — that’s a topic often not discussed, or even ignored, in education circles — and how making school harder can actually make more kids graduate. It’s interesting stuff, and it’s still under about 16 minutes, so you can hit it up in a commute.

Should be posting on Thursdays from now on — moved late July, and took a while to adjust to everything. As they say in the streets, “muh b.”

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