On November 4th, the Chicago fellows welcomed John Barker, Chief Accountability Officer of Chicago Public Schools. John was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who discussed the opportunities and challenges at CPS. Learn more about John below.
A Tennessee native, John Barker joined CPS in January 2013 after serving as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of the Memphis City Schools. Prior to that role, he was head of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Student Information for that same district, where he was described by his colleagues as a great spirit-bearer who performed his duties with the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, skill, grace, and good humor.
As Chief Accountability Officer for CPS, John oversees the work of directors and their teams in Access & Enrollment, strategic planning, student testing, performance data, research and evaluation, and the deployment of strategic support aimed at improving the lives of all students and stakeholders. John holds M.P.P and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University and considers it a privilege to do what he feels is his gift – encouraging, motivating and inspiring others while connecting them with information that makes them more efficient and effective every day.