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Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri

 

Dr. Rita RaichoudhuriDr. Rita Raichoudhuri began her tenure as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools on June 1, 2020.

A native of California, Raichoudhuri has almost two decades of experience in education. She worked for Chicago Public Schools prior to joining Kalamazoo Public Schools. She was the executive director of Early College and Career Education for CPS from 2017 to May 2020, and during that time she implemented processes and systems of support to provide students with rigorous, relevant, college-level, hands-on, and career-focused courses and facilitated the design and implementation of high-quality STEM learning environments.

In that position, she also established several secondary-to-employment pipeline programs that helped students gain college credit, professional credentials, and the soft skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century labor market. She helped establish Jumpstart to Jobs in 2018, which helped students earn early college and career credentials; FastTrack in 2019, a collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago to provide students with post-high school internships and career pathway learning; and the school district’s first apprenticeship program as well as several progressive pathways in three in-demand labor market areas, including Teach Chicago, which helps students interested in pursuing careers in education.

From 2013 to 2017 she was the principal of Wells Community Academy High School, where her accomplishments included increasing attendance, high school graduation rates, and the freshman on-track rate — as well as decreasing the school’s drop-out rate. She served as resident principal at the school from 2012 to 2013 as part of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative.

Raichoudhuri’s other positions within Chicago Public Schools, included director of the Office of Professional Learning, from 2011 to 2012, where she focused on development and implementation of high quality professional development in relation to key district initiatives such as Common Core, Full School Day and REACH (Recognizing Educators Advancing Chicago Students); and senior manager of the Office of Performance, from 2010 to 2011, when she developed and implemented systems for principals and other administrators to effective lead their instructional leadership teams and teacher teams in meeting school-wide goals.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Raichoudhuri was a teacher and special projects leader with the Mount Diablo Unified School District in Concord, California.

Raichoudhuri earned her doctorate in urban education leadership from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She also holds a master’s degree in education from Chapman University, Orange, California; and a bachelor degree in environmental sciences from the University of California, Davis. She has had fellowships at the Erickson Institute in Chicago; Northwestern University; and the University of California, Berkeley.

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