An intern for Dr. Alonso?
Steven Harris, a doctoral student in Harvard's Urban Superintendents Program (Dr. Alonso's alma mater), is spending three days with the CEO this week. If they decide at that time that they're a good match for each other, Mr. Harris will be back for six months starting in August to intern with Dr. Alonso.
I met Harris in December when I spoke to students in the Urban Superintendents Program and also got a copy of his bio. Like Alonso, he comes from a legal background: He worked as an assistant attorney general in Missouri, where his caseload included the Kansas City school desegregation case. He then went to work as a lawyer for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Like Alonso, he left the law to become a teacher. He taught high school math in both New York City and Springfield, Mo. Before enrolling at Harvard, he was on the education faculty at William Jewell College near Kansas City.