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Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.

Sincerely,

Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org


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Superintendent Laura Mitchell

Laura MitchellSuperintendent Laura Mitchell is not one to back away from a big job. She steps up to it.

Before stepping up as the only internal candidate in Cincinnati Public Schools’ national search for a superintendent (launched in December 2016), Mitchell served as CPS' Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. She led the implementation of major academic improvement strategies, such as the Elementary Initiative, which raised achievement in the district’s 16 lowest-performing elementary schools. Her leadership and collaboration with a team of principals, teachers and instructional coaches elevated the district to the rating of "Effective," making CPS the first and only urban school district in Ohio to earn this distinction. She also launched My Tomorrow, a comprehensive college and career readiness initiative.

Mitchell stepping into the Superintendent's role is, in a way, the next natural phase in her career and passion. A lifelong Cincinnatian, she was born in the city's Bond Hill neighborhood, and she beams with pride when she tells you from which high school she graduated: CPS’ School for Creative and Performing Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bennett College in North Carolina and her master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati, leading to her life's work in education — spent almost entirely with Cincinnati Public Schools. She has worked for CPS in a number of roles, including teacher, assistant principal, award-winning principal and teaching coach who provided guidance to schools throughout the district.

As the Cincinnati Enquirer once put it, Mitchell doesn't have one motivator, she has 35,000 — the students. As superintendent, Mitchell's primary focus is to continue to accelerate academic achievement throughout the district and prepare students to compete globally.

Experience

  • Superintendent, CPS (2017 to present)
  • Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer, CPS (January 2005-August 2017)
  • Program Manager for Leadership Development, Stupski Foundation (September 2004-2005)
  • Lead Principal, Instructional Support Team, CPS (August 2003-2004)
  • Elementary Principal, Westwood School, CPS (August 1999-2003) - Winner, 2002 Milken Educator Award
  • Elementary Assistant Principal, Westwood School, CPS (August 1998-1999)
  • Elementary Teacher, Central Fairmount School, CPS (August 1993-1998)
  • Elementary Teacher, Timothy Elementary School, Athens, Georgia (August 1991-1992)

Education and Certification

  • Superintendent certification – Xavier University, 2006
  • Master’s degree in Education Administration – University of Cincinnati, 1996
  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education – Bennett College, 1991
  • National Board Certified Teacher

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