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Eric S. Gordon was appointed chief executive officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in June 2011 after having served as the district's chief academic officer for four years. Prior to joining CMSD, Eric was the executive director for secondary learning for the Olentangy Local Schools in suburban Columbus, Ohio. He is an experienced educator, in both suburban and urban school districts. Eric has served as a principal, assistant principal and teacher. In 2012, Eric with Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and other business, philanthropic, and educational leaders, successfully lobbied to pass The Cleveland Plan, a revolutionary package of education reform. He is active nationally in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards curriculum and Social and Emotional Learning Standards for children. Eric serves as a member of the executive committee for the board of directors for the 'Council of the Great City Schools', a member organization representing 67 large urban districts across the United States. Eric also serves as the co- chair for the 'Council's Student Achievement Taskforce'. Eric was honored with the 'Richard R. Greene Council of the Great City Schools' Award' in 2016, naming him the Urban Educator of the Year, which is the highest honor available to an urban superintendent in the United States. Eric is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, where he earned his masters in education administration and supervision (1997) and a bachelor's of science degree in secondary mathematics education and driver education (1991). He is a Fellow of the 18th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.