Dr. Heidi A. Ramírez serves as Executive Director of Educator Networks for America Achieves, a national non-profit organization committed to improving educational and economic opportunities for all young people. She provides strategic leadership in the design and implementation of a portfolio of state-specific and national education leadership networks—including the Educator Voice Fellowships and the Global Learning Network—to engage educators and stakeholders from across sectors in improving student preparedness for 21st century careers and lifelong success.
Heidi is the former Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN), where she had primary responsibility for improving teaching and learning across more than 170 K-12 public schools serving approximately 100,000 primarily high-poverty, minority, and linguistic-minority students. In her tenure in SCS, she led the development and implementation of a districtwide comprehensive literacy improvement plan; accelerated support for the new college and career ready (CCR) standards–including curricular redesigns and new CCR materials pilots; relaunch of Response to Instruction and Intervention—including secondary schools; and the strategic redesign of Career and Technical Education programming (with nearly 100 community, higher education, and industry partners); while also focusing on improving the overall climate for learning across schools. Among other initiatives, she also led the design of a new STEM-themed high school and a transitional program for high school age immigrant newcomers. During her tenure in SCS, attendance and graduation rates dramatically improved, particularly for minority and linguistic minority students and students with disabilities. The District also saw considerable academic growth, with SCS improvement out-pacing the State in most tested subjected areas and grades.
Heidi, who has spent nearly 20 years working in urban education, previously served as CAO for Milwaukee Public Schools—leading improvements in teaching and learning for more than 80,000 PreK-12 students. She served also as Associate Dean for Professional Education and founding Director of the Urban Education Collaborative in the College of Education at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), and in a variety of roles in philanthropy, education research, and government. She is also a prior member of Philadelphia’s public school board (School Reform Commission) and multiple community boards. She currently serves on the board for Women’s Foundation for Greater Memphis and The Institute for College Access and Success.
Heidi earned her Ph.D. and MA in sociology of education from Stanford University, an Ed.M. in education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a BFA in art education (and public policy) from Syracuse University.