Dr. Sandra Kase

Dr. Sandra Kase to Support the Norwalk Public Schools Curriculum & Instruction Department
Posted on 08/17/2020
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Dr. Sandra Kase will join Norwalk Public Schools to support the Curriculum & Instruction Department while the District conducts the search for a new Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Kase’s appointment is effective immediately.

Dr. Kase is a staunch advocate for equity and access for all students.  She believes that all students should be provided with opportunities to expand their knowledge and thinking by engaging in a wide range of interesting experiences and challenges. 

An experienced leader with a deep knowledge of curriculum and instructional best practices, Dr. Kase began her career in the South Bronx as a teacher and continued as a staff developer, district administrator, principal and superintendent of schools.  As a teacher and trainer, she supported the development and growth of other teachers so that they were able to meet the needs of the students they served. During her 14 years as principal of The Claremont Community School, CES 42, Dr. Kase led the school’s successful turnaround from failing to high performing, and was recognized for her efforts by the city, state and national media. 

After serving in the position of special assistant to the Chancellor for Priority Schools, Dr. Kase was appointed supervising superintendent for the Chancellor’s District, which was composed of 49 of the lowest performing schools in New York City.  Supervising and supporting four instructional superintendents and a full district staff, she led the work of improving student outcomes in those schools.  She also led the creation of ten new schools, each with its own mission, vision and organization.  The structures she created were later adopted and implemented citywide.  During her tenure as supervising superintendent, Dr. Kase also served as the liaison to the New York City State Education Department for all low performing schools throughout New York City.

After retiring from the NYC Department of Education, Dr. Kase was recruited in 2011 to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for the Bridgeport Public Schools.  Under her leadership, Bridgeport created a district-wide standards-based curriculum and selected new instructional programs and initiatives to support student learning.

Most recently, Dr. Kase served as a leadership coach for 12 schools as part of the Teaching Matters Network. Based on her experience and expertise in school turnaround, she was asked to serve as a leadership coach for identified schools in the School Renewal Program. She continues to support principals in developing the systems and structures that are necessary to develop positive and effective learning environments that promote equity, diversity and cultural relevance.

Additionally, Dr. Kase was selected as an independent monitor by the New York State Education Commissioner and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education to oversee the development of a new middle school.  She was responsible for hiring the administration and faculty, supporting the creation of a project-based curriculum, facilitating the implementation of a new Dual Language program, and advocating for resources necessary for the successful development of a rigorous educational program.

Dr. Kase received her Doctor of Education Degree at Fordham University in Educational Administration. She holds a Professional Certificate from the Harvard University Principal’s Institute, a Professional Diploma in Educational Administration and Supervision from City College, a Master of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Hunter College.

To view Dr. Kase's resume, please click here.