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New Chair Appointed to Lorain Academic Distress Commission

Release date: 2/26/2019

Columbus, OHIO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria today appointed Dr. Randall Sampson to the Lorain Academic Distress Commission and has designated him as the commission chairman.

“Dr. Sampson is a seasoned Ohio educator with a passionate interest in school improvement and a keen focus on the academic growth of all students. He has an extensive track record of building collaborative leadership capacity with educators and local communities, in order to improve student learning outcomes.”

Dr. Sampson has experience at the secondary education level as an administrator, teacher and national transformation specialist. Dr. Sampson's focus areas include closing achievement gaps through the implementation and coaching of rigorous standards, systemically increasing college and career-readiness, boosting graduation rates, implementing Innovation Learning Pathways, and building public-private partnerships through community engagement.

Dr. Sampson honed his skills through the Harvard University Achievement Gap Initiative and through teacher quality research with Harvard University's Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson.

Additional information about Dr. Sampson:
M. Ed. degree from The Ohio State University
Ph.D. degree from Capella University
Resident of Columbus area