New Superintendent Selected
New Superintendent Selected
Posted on 05/27/2014
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The board of education voted today to hire Dr. Keith Look of Louisville as the new superintendent of the Danville schools. Events will be planned in the coming weeks to introduce him to our staff and to the community.  Attached is a one-page bio of Dr. Look. He and his wife and children are eager to move to Danville and be part of the great work we are doing in our schools. 

 Look Background

Here is the news release:

 

 

LOUISVILLE EDUCATOR KEITH LOOK NAMED NEW SUPERINTENDENT

 

DANVILLE, Ky. — The Danville school board unanimously selected Dr. Keith Look, a veteran Louisville principal who works as senior associate in program practice and innovation at the Council for Opportunity in Education, based in Washington, D.C., as the district’s new superintendent.

 

Look starts July 1. He succeeds Dr. Carmen Coleman, who will join the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Education and the staff of the National Center for Innovation in Education, based in Lexington. Danville board members said they found Look to be an ideal fit for leading improved academic achievement for all students in the district and continued momentum on innovation initiatives that have made the district a leader in the state.

 

“The Board of Education is excited to have Dr. Keith Look join the Danville Schools as our new superintendent,” said Jean Crowley, the board chair. “Keith has the knowledge and skills to continue our progress as a District of Innovation and brings many levels of experience in education. He will be an outstanding advocate for our students and our staff, and he is eager to connect with our entire community. We welcome Keith and his family to the Danville Schools.

 

“I am humbled to be selected,” Look said. “It is an honor to serve a community rich in history and at the forefront of innovation in public education. It is such a balance — a respect for the past while moving ahead — that establishes a sustainable positive trajectory for all students, present and future.” 

 

Dr. Look is a native of Louisville and a 1994 graduate of Centre College. He earned a master’s in education leadership and a doctorate in education policy and practice from the University of Pennsylvania. He started as a social studies teacher in inner city Baltimore and moved to Philadelphia, rising to become an administrator at West Philadelphia High School before returning to Kentucky in 2003. Look spent five years as principal at Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville before being named in 2008 to lead a turnaround effort at the lowest-performing high school in the state, Shawnee High School, now known as The Academy@Shawnee. He spent the current school year with the national group that works to expand college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, veterans, and students with disabilities.

 

Look, 41, becomes the leader of the Danville district which last June was named one of the first four “Districts of Innovation” in Kentucky. Since adopting new district goals in 2009, the Danville Schools have become a statewide leader in project-based learning, performance assessments, daily Spanish instruction for all students K-6, and expanded public speaking instruction and presentations of student learning. 

 

In the past year, the district’s work has been featured on PBS NewsHour, KET’s Learning Matters, and in the Harvard Education Letter. The district received a “breakthrough model school” grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges to implement personalized learning, and its middle school was named a national exemplar by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

 

From 34 applicants, the Danville board interviewed finalists recommended by a screening committee representing teachers, staff, principals, and parents.

 

Crowley said the board was aided by the screening committee’s work and input and had good discussions with each of the finalists. She said all board members agreed that Look brings important strengths to the district.

 

“The Danville district is a microcosm of the country’s complexity of public education — rural and urban, varying levels of family income, and diverse races and abilities all find a caring and challenging classroom,” Look said. “Rare few districts can make that claim, and it is why Danville stands out in the state of Kentucky and beyond. Much credit and appreciation is owed to the progressive planning provided by the district’s board and the leadership of Dr. Coleman.” 

 

On Tuesday, the board voted 5-0 to approve a four-year contract with Look to lead the 1,800-student district. His annual salary will be $135,000. 

 

Look’s wife, Carlotta, is an art teacher experienced at both the middle and high school levels. They have two boys, Leotis, 3, and Levi, 8 months. Keith’s older brother, Lee, also attended Centre College and returns to Danville to work with theater productions both at the college and the Kentucky School for the Deaf.