This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Sheldon Berman

Andover Public Schools
Superintendent of Schools
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Sheldon H. Berman assumed the superintendency of the Andover Public Schools in Massachusetts, as their superintendent.

Previously, from July 2011 to June 2015, Dr. Berman was the superintendent of the Eugene (Oregon) School District. During his four years in Eugene, he confronted significant financial challenges due to limitations in state and local funding. To address the shortages, the district gained passage of a $170 million bond to replace four schools and update curriculum and technology.

Prior to his time in Eugene, Dr. Berman served as the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, for 4 years and as the superintendent of the Hudson (Massachusetts) Public Schools for 14 years. As Hudson’s superintendent, he initiated innovations in civic education, social-emotional learning, service learning, mathematics and science education reform, high school restructuring, teacher evaluation, and computer technology.

As leader of the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS—a district of over 100,000 students), Dr. Berman directed the creation of a new student assignment plan that met the standards of the U.S. Supreme Court, while sustaining the community’s and the district’s strong commitment to both diversity and quality.

While in Massachusetts, Dr. Berman was the President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS) and authored the policy reports “Education Reform at Risk” (1995), “The Impact of Special Education on Education Reform” (1997 and 2001), and “Beyond Discord: Resolving the Tensions Between Charter and Public Schools” (2005).

Prior to his work in the Hudson Public Schools, he was a founder and president of Educators for Social Responsibility. He is the author of two books—Children’s Social Consciousness and Promising Practices in Teaching Social Responsibility—as well as numerous articles and book chapters on civic education, character education, service learning, virtual education, and education reform.

Dr. Berman received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, a master’s in education in guidance and counseling from the University of Maine in Orono, and both a master’s and doctorate in education from Harvard University. After college, he taught high school social studies in Bangor, Maine, and Brookline, Massachusetts.