BCS Welcomes the Harvard Education Leadership Resident for the 2019-2020 School Year
On July 1, Matt Smith joined the Office of the Superintendent as the school system’s first Harvard Doctoral Resident. In an innovative partnership between Birmingham City Schools and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Matt will support the continuous improvement efforts of the school district while simultaneously completing the practice requirements of his doctoral degree program. Graduates of this three-year, multidisciplinary Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) Program — taught by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Business School, and the Harvard Kennedy School — are uniquely prepared for future system-level leadership positions in school systems.
Matt brings 12 years of experience to BCS, having previously served a large urban school district in metropolitan Atlanta. Matt started his educational journey as a high school social studies teacher. Subsequently, Matt served as a School Improvement Specialist, Assistant Principal, and District Curriculum Director. Before arriving at Harvard, Matt led Morrow Middle School in Morrow, GA as Principal.
Matt’s major accomplishments include finding the first Dual Language Spanish Immersion Magnet in his district as well as serving as a committee chairperson for the school district’s pivotal accreditation process. Matt recognizes that a commitment to both student-centered learning and culturally responsive teaching practices can significantly improve educational outcomes for all children. Through intentional focus on the instructional core, Matt believes school can be a place that challenges, inspires, and promotes fun. It is through this systematic process, Matt believes we can better prepare all students to be college and career ready and successful within the greater global economy. Matt is excited to learn, lead, and serve the students of Birmingham City Schools this school year.