King Names Distinguished Educator for Buffalo City Schools

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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King Names Distinguished Educator for Buffalo City Schools

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM EDT

(WKBW release) Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced Friday he has appointed Dr. Judy Elliott as a Distinguished Educator to the Buffalo City School District.

According to a news release:

"Dr. Elliott will focus on the needs of students in Buffalo’s lowest performing schools," King said. "Dr. Elliott has strong roots in the community. She knows what Buffalo students need to graduate college and career ready. With the restoration of SIG funding and the appointment of Dr. Elliott, Buffalo schools have a great opportunity to turn the page on a new, brighter future for the students."

Among her other responsibilities, Dr. Elliott will review District systems, structures, and operations to ascertain the District’s ability to fully and effectively implement its School Improvement Grants and educational program for Priority Schools and develop an action plan to support District improvement. Dr. Elliott will also review the District Comprehensive Education Plan and related plans for Priority Schools, and she’ll also serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the board of education.

Dr. Elliott is a highly experienced and nationally recognized educator. Before becoming an educational consultant, Dr. Elliott served as Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior positions include Chief of Teaching and Learning in the Portland Public Schools; Assistant Superintendent for School Support Services in the Long Beach Unified School District; and Senior Research Associate at the National Center on Educational Outcomes, College of Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Elliott holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and M.A. degrees in School District Administration, School Psychology and Educational Psychology, as well as several New York State certifications. She currently serves on the Buffalo State College Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Elliott’s appointment is effective August 1, 2012.