Executive Leadership/Education Reform
Darren Reed has over three decades of public and private sector teaching and executive leadership experience. He currently serves as Senior Executive and business leader of the Stride Professional Development Center for Stride, Inc. (Formerly K12, Inc.) Reed has served in various leadership capacities within Stride including Senior Vice President/General Manager, where he held top line accountability for 21 online and blended school programs across eleven states. In this role, Darren developed growth strategies for existing schools and expansion into new states. Reed has also held roles as Vice President of School Leadership Development and Vice President of Blended Schools at K12, Inc. where he improved school and regional leadership effectiveness and designed innovative school models in Chicago, San Francisco, and San Jose, CA. These early blended school models helped shape school reform and design initiatives, expanding how technology is leveraged to increase learning options to meet the needs of all students. From 2012-2014, Reed served as the Executive Director at New Leaders for New Schools where he led the organization's flagship Aspiring Principals Program (APP) through comprehensive redesign that led to improved leader identification, training, and assessment. Reed's contribution helped expand the nation's next generation of leaders to transform schools in our nation's most under-served communities.
Shaping Public Policy
Darren has been instrumental in advancing policies that expand educational opportunities and access to under-served communities. Darren has testified in various states on the value and relevance of innovative educational models and school choice options. Since 2015, Darren has represented Stride as a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators’ Annual Conference as a Corporate Roundtable member and an active participant of its Education Sub-Committee. In this capacity, Darren has worked alongside policy makers to understand and expand innovative education models and develop policies that increase access for student in cities across the nation, including "smart city" technology, increased funding, career readiness, choice options, etc.
Master Teacher and School Leader
Reed’s career foundation is as a teacher and Principal in various school districts where he experienced success at each level. His work as an award-winning teacher in Newport News, VA (1997 Teacher of the Year) has been featured in articles as well as research studies highlighting the impact of his work in transforming student and school outcomes in primarily under-served communities. Reed continued his work as a school principal in Fairfax County and Alexandria City Public School districts, helping to lead schools to consistently high academic performance. Reed has consulted for schools and districts across the country to help improve their outcomes with marginalized students.
Reed's commitment and passion to this work are rooted in his own experience growing up in East Cleveland, Ohio as a first generation college student. He believes that there is untapped potential, talent, genius and resilience in young people in under-resourced communities across our nation. His work helps individuals and organizations of all kind to identify that talent and improve outcomes for all young people.
Reed is guest lecturer at the George Washington University where he holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. He also holds a Masters in Ed Leadership, Policy, and Planning from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Hiram College in Ohio. Reed lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.