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Kris DeFilippis


Dr. Kris DeFilippis is an educator and scholar whose research works toward the continuous improvement of equity, anti-racism, organizational culture, goal setting, and strategic planning in schools and districts. He has contributed chapters to three publications on school improvement and leadership; one of which was the outcome of his work as a steering committee member of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s iLead Collective. DeFilippis has presented his research at the University Council for Educational Administrators, the Carnegie Summit on School Improvement, and the UMD School Improvement Summer Institute. 

Currently, Kris serves as a Clinical Faculty member and Program Director for the Educational Leadership Doctoral and Master’s Level programs in New York University (NYU) Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As an executive director/assistant superintendent in the New York City Department of Education, DeFilippis worked directly with the School’s Chancellor coaching leadership and faculty to apply context-centered, improvement science-based principles to advance equity, reduce disproportionality, shift organizational culture, and align multi-tiered systems of support to district goals.

Kris holds an undergraduate degree in history and english from SUNY Albany, a Masters degree and Professional Diploma in School District and Building Leadership from Manhattanville College and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Fordham University. 

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