With over a decade of educational leadership experience, Dr. Paul Wright, the former Development Director of Development, Research and Strategic Planning for Mesa Public Schools, is now Director of Quality Education Partnerships (Q.E.P..). Drawing on his work with Mesa Public Schools and other public and private organizations, Dr. Paul Wright develops approaches to fund school turnaround initiatives, conducts complex organizational assessments to design strategic plans for educational reform initiatives, and architects communications plans.

Prior to accepting his current position he spent four years at Mesa Public Schools, where he managed strategic projects, including creating a community alliance to manage schools of choice and organizing a “Defining the Future” initiative to identify and address emerging educational needs. He also enhanced change communication practices and created unique schools and educational programs to support student retention. In addition, he devised a student loss prevention and retention communications strategy, instituted a K-12 International Baccalaureate system, and collaborated with regional and state-level teams to create early college programs and college readiness programs for underserved student populations.

From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Paul Wright served as Vice President for Student Services at The Leona Group in Phoenix, overseeing charter school compliance and developing strategic plans to increase enrollment in public charter schools. During this period, he also participated in the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools’ Policy Advisement Group. Previously, he gained classroom experience as a Special Education teacher in the Kyrene and Laveen School Districts in Arizona, and leadership experience as Grant Program Coordinator for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. He holds a Doctor of Education and Master of Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Albany.

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