Simmie Raiford, PhD
Simmie is nationally recognized for leading school district efficiency, management, and performance reviews. Dr. Raiford has more than 30 years experience as an educator with roles at the elementary school, district, and state level. Leadership experience includes work as a principal of a gifted magnet elementary school, and district director of staff development.
She also served as a district-level instructional coach for first-year teachers and worked as an educational policy analyst for the Florida Legislature. Since 2004, the work has centered on supporting transformation efforts in schools threatened by state takeover. Simmie helps our Education Transformation team coach new principals and teachers around key elements of school transformation, namely, instructional effectiveness, collaborative planning, data-driven decision making, parent and community involvement, conducting classroom observations and providing feedback, designing formative assessments, and curriculum alignment.