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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Chief Schools Officer, HS and K-12 Content Development

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the Chief Schools Officer for High Schools and K-12 Content Development. Prior to that role, Bambrick-Santoyo spent 13 years leading Uncommon’s Newark-based schools, North Star Academies. During his tenure at North Star, the schools grew from serving less than 300 students to over 3,000 while at the same time making dramatic gains in student achievement. North Star’s results make them among the highest-achieving urban schools in the nation and winners of multiple recognitions, including the US Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Award.  Author of Driven by Data, Leverage Leadership, and Great Habits, Great Readers, Bambrick-Santoyo has trained over 15,000 school leaders worldwide in instructional leadership, including multiple schools that have gone on to become the highest-gaining or highest achieving schools in their districts, states and/or countries. Based on that success, Bambrick-Santoyo co-founded the Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship and is founder and Dean of the Leverage Leadership Institute, creating proofpoints of excellence in urban schools nationwide. Prior to joining North Star, Bambrick-Santoyo worked for six years in a bilingual school in Mexico City, where he founded the International Baccalaureate program at the middle school level. He earned a B.A. in Social Justice from Duke University and his M.Ed. in School Administration via New Leaders from the City University of New York—Baruch College.