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Mark Conrad

Mark Conrad

Chief Schools Officer

Mark oversees EL Education's national network of schools and supports Regional Directors and School Designers in raising student achievement through deep and consistent implementation of EL's Core Practices. Mark has served in various roles since joining EL Education staff in 2007 including Northeast Regional Director, Director of Educational Leadership and School Designer. Prior to joining EL Education, Mark founded The Crossroads School, a public charter school in Baltimore, Maryland where he served as principal from 2002 to 2007. During this time, The Crossroads School was the highest performing middle school in Baltimore City and became a national model for student-engaged assessment, positive student culture and data-based leadership. Mark has worked as a school administrator and middle school teacher in Maryland, Colorado and New Mexico and holds degrees in education from Miami University (OH) and the University of Colorado. Mark lives with his wife Jessie, and two children, Lilli and Cedar in Shutesbury, MA.

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Columbus, OH