Arnie Clayton

School Change Coach

Arnold B. Clayton is a school change coach with the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), and works in the Adult Education Department of the Boston Public Schools. Arnie served as a school change coach at five of the schools in the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance. In this role he supported the work of putting the grant’s goals into practice within the particular context of the individual schools. In addition, Arnie co-facilitated the work of the Performance Assessment Working Group, and provided collaborative practices training throughout the i3 New England Network.

 Arnie formerly worked as a teacher and administrator at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) for thirty-two years. During this time he taught social studies classes in the Bilingual Department, served as founding director of the CRLS International Student & Family Center, served as the CRLS Restructuring Coordinator, as well as served as an Administrator for the Academy at CRLS. Before joining CSSR in 2012, Arnie worked as a school change coach at the Center for Collaborative Education.

For Arnie, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network is that students have moved to the center of their own educations—they exercise more authority through site councils, shape their own learning, ask questions that shape lessons, use technology effectively, and participate in processing student and adult work. His experience as a coach confirmed and strengthened his practice of responsive coaching. Arnie now sees the effectiveness of collaborative practices as a key element of school change.

Arnie holds a B.A. from Tufts University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. When not working to support schools, Arnie enjoys spending time with his family in Cape Cod, as well as reading, writing, and spending time with friends. 

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