Michael Haggen has more than 20 years of academic experience, having served as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer, and direct report to superintendents in three school districts. His hands-on approach led to significant change, most recently as deputy superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Under his leadership, 70 percent of East Baton Rouge schools increased their academic performance. In St. Louis, Michael created the Office of Innovation while developing and implementing a turnaround model for 11 schools, which led to the district’s first provisional accreditation in more than a decade. And while serving New Orleans’ Recovery School District, he put systems in place to allow regular improvements to curriculum and the inclusion of learning supports to remove barriers to learning. As chief academic officer and senior vice president of professional learning for Scholastic Education, Michael oversees the creation of customized professional learning models for school leadership as well as contributing to the development of curriculum.