The Board of Education has approved Dr. Carlos Grant for the position of Executive Director of Personalized Learning and Middle Level Education. He will begin in his new role on July 1.
Grant joined the District in 2014 as Principal at Metro High School. He had previously served as a building and central administrator in both public and charter schools in South Carolina. In this new position, Grant will oversee the six District middle schools, as well as Metro High School. He will also support the District’s ongoing effort to develop and advance personalized learning opportunities and will work with community partners to help ensure all students are benefiting from the collaborations.
“I’m excited to have Dr. Grant assist us in driving innovation and personalized learning across the District,” said Dr. Trace Pickering, Associate Superintendent. “His work to bring a STEAM Academy to Metro, as well as his efforts within the community to enhance and deepen our school-to-career efforts demonstrate his ability to make things happen. His past experience at the middle level and in Magnet-like schools in South Carolina will be an asset as he leads our middle level leaders.”
“I am extremely excited and enthusiastic about the opportunity to transition into this new leadership role,” shared Grant. “We have a dynamic group of Principals and education practitioners. I have a passion for redesigning education to be more personalized for students. In my short time in Cedar Rapids, I have been encouraged that our school district is putting parameters in place for student learning to be impacted on a larger scale. Innovation is alive with new thought processes about student learning. My initial plans in this role are to learn as much as possible about the cultures in our six middle schools. My hope is to capture their enthusiasm and help facilitate processes that will re-evaluate the philosophy of teaching and learning.”
“Dr. Grant is already a valued member of our community and District leadership team,” added Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “We look forward to the ways in which his unique experiences will further enrich our team and advance the important work that’s underway in the District.”