A Follow-Up Open Roundtable on Discussing Current Events and the Inauguration with Students
Facilitator: Dr. Cedrick Gray
Tuesday, January 19, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST
Join us for an open Roundtable aimed at supporting educators as they help students process recent events and the upcoming inauguration.
Dr. Cedrick Gray
is formerly the proud lead teacher of the Jackson Public School District. He was appointed superintendent by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees in 2012. He is widely praised for leadership and guidance that have revived the District and given it a new focus. He's known for an innovative and effective strategic direction process. Dr. Gray raised the graduation rate 10% in four years, increased proficiency on the third grade assessment by 9% in one year and reduced the number of schools labeled “F” by the state accountability rating system from 17 to 2 in two years. Additional achievements include:
- Superintendent of the Year, National Association of School Superintendents, 2016
- Superintendent of the Year, National Alliance of Black School Educators, 2015
- Educator of the Year, Young Gifted and Empowered Awards, Savvy Life Magazine, 2016
- Outstanding Administrator Advocate, Mississippi Association of Gifted Children, 2015
Dr. Gray's career has been guided by his vision to lead others to see the leader in themselves. He previously served as the superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in Fayette County, Tennessee. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Gray was principal of Craigmont Middle School and Lester Pre-K-8 School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, he is formerly the Executive Director of Principal Supervisors for New Leaders – Southeast Region where he trained and coached school leaders in instructional leadership practices. Dr. Gray was recently appointed as Director of Education for Shelby County Government where he advises Mayor Lee Harris on policy and reform efforts related to education in Shelby County. Dr. Gray and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of their daughter, Peyton.