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Our Founder

Cedric Thompson serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Innovation, Research, and Transformation in Education. He has nearly 15 years in education ranging from classroom teacher to area superintendent. He has served schools in several of America’s wonderful urban districts including Chicago, Washington, DC, and Detroit and has led in various roles to ensure delivery of high quality teaching and learning in the academic core as well as  career and workforce programs.

Before taking on the role of CEO, Cedric served as the Deputy Chief of Schools at Chicago Public Schools where he managed a portfolio of schools serving a diverse population of students, teachers, and learning needs. Prior to his role in Chicago, he served as the Deputy Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning within the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the day to day implementation of the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program, and Teacher and Leader Evaluation Effectiveness systems.  

Thompson has also spent numerous years working to transform schools and central office processes within urban school districts across America. While serving as the Executive Director of College and Career Readiness in Detroit Public Schools, he was able to build capacity of a diverse set of staff members that yielded annual increase with proficiency rates for Career and Technical Education students in Reading and Mathematics.  Prior to working in Detroit, Thompson developed a Consultancy School Operations Model in the District of Columbia Public Schools which afforded school staff members more time to focus on teaching and learning.

Cedric began his career as a classroom teacher, after having been trained through the Nationally Recognized Call Me MISTER Program of Clemson University. He believes wholeheartedly that all students can achieve high levels of success when given the opportunity and it is the responsibility of the adults entrusted to them to provide it. Cedric completed his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education. He completed advanced coursework in Curriculum and Instruction and Minority and Urban Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.