Former New York City Department of Education Chief Operating Officer Veronica Conforme named EAA’s Interim Chancellor

Veronica Conforme HeadshotDETROIT, Mich. — Veronica Conforme, a former New York City public schools leader who ran the operations of America’s largest school district, has been named Interim Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan by the reform district’s board of directors. Conforme has been an advisor to the EAA since January.

Ms. Conforme served at the New York City Department of Education for over a decade, culminating in her appointment as Chief Operating Officer. She oversaw a $23 billion budget and 130,000 employees, directing organizational strategy, finance, technology, family and community engagement, fundraising, operations and communications. She was also Chief Financial Officer and the Deputy Chief Schools Officer, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the city’s 1,700 public schools.

“During this time of transition, Veronica is the best candidate to lead the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan,” said Joyce Hayes Giles, chairperson of the EAA Board of Directors. “She is a proven leader with outstanding academic and administrative capabilities; she has a vision for improving the educational experience of every student and strengthening the professional development of our teachers.”

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Why choose a traditional school when an EAA option is available?

Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan schools implement a student-centered model of teaching and learning that allows teachers to personalize instruction to meet the needs of each child. Its teachers are focused on individual student progress rather than a “one size fits all” approach. Teachers assess each student to identify their specific learning needs.

  • Each student:
  • Works at their own pace — they get extra seat time when they need it and they have an opportunity to accelerate ahead when they are ready:
    • For example, if a student can complete course work in six months, rather than nine, they will be advanced to the next level of instruction.
    • If a student needs 10 months to complete course work, they will not be penalized because it takes them longer.
  • Achieves credit based on when they master their skills and complete individual goals, not when the calendar says it’s time.
  • Succeeds through the blended teaching and learning approach of dedicated teachers and support staff, state-of-the-art technology, and their fellow students.

Other benefits:

  • Parents, students and teachers have real-time access to data on student progress.
  • Each student has access to a personal computer.
  • 210 days of instruction verses the traditional 175 days (with a trimester option for high school students who need flexibility during the summer months — see details below).
  • 95 percent of the resources are directed to the operations of individual EAA member schools.

“[The students] feel safer; they’re learning more. They feel they’re in an environment where they have a chance to be successful.”

—Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, after recently visiting an EAA school

How to Enroll

Empowering the education of your child begins with enrollment. That’s why we’ve made the enrollment process simple, starting with the convenience of year-round enrollment at every EAA school. And to help get you started, we’ve outlined four simple steps for you to follow.

Step 1

Visit any of our EAA Schools and check-in with the front office.

Step 2

Take a tour and let us answer any questions you may have.

Step 3

Complete the application and provide all checklist documents.

Step 4

Schedule your child’s testing appointment.

Calendar and Upcoming EAA Events

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