Clifford Janey is currently a Senior Research Scholar at Boston University, School of Education. Previously, he was a Senior Weismann Fellow at Bankstreet College of Education in New York City. He is the former state district superintendent for the Newark Public Schools and the former superintendent of schools for the District of Columbia. He previously served as vice president for education at Scholastic, Inc. where he worked closely with state education departments and national school reform organizations to help develop and implement strategies for improving student achievement and coordinated partnerships with urban school districts. Janey served as superintendent of schools in Rochester, NY where he led the implementation of Rochester’s Performance Benchmarks and Public Engagement Plan and instituted a high performing national recognized pre-kindergarten program. Janey also has held a number of positions in Boston, MA which included chief academic officer, east zone superintendent (K-8), principal of Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, and reading teacher at the Bancroft School. He has also served as director of Black Studies at Northeastern University.