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About Resolute Educational Solutions, LLC

The Shaker Heights Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Detroit-based Resolute Educational Solutions, LLC to help craft the District’s next Strategic Plan.

Resolute emerged as the District’s partner after the Request for Proposal (RFP) process netted 15 responding firms with both national and local footprints. The Strategic Plan Advisory Committee, which consists of 16 stakeholders including community members and District personnel, then interviewed four finalists and made a selection for final consideration by the District. During the screening process, Resolute demonstrated a seamless alignment with the District’s focus on student experience and equity.

“Resolute approaches their work as a thought partner through an equity lens with the goal of addressing disparities in educational outcomes. We are looking forward to collaborating with them to shape the direction of the District for years to come,” said Dr. David Glasner, Superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools.

Resolute will begin work immediately to facilitate the District’s Strategic Planning process, which will include many opportunities for community stakeholder input, with the goal of presenting a completed plan to the Shaker Heights Board of Education in the spring of 2020.

Resolute Team Members

The team members for Shaker's Strategic Planning process include:
Dr. Phillip CaldwellPhillip Caldwell, Ph.D
President & Founder
Dr. Caldwell’s background includes more than 15 years in the education sector as an evaluator, evaluating major initiatives, making policy recommendations particularly around areas of school finance, data-driven decision-making, data quality, and curriculum. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Florida A&M University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from UW-Madison.
Dr. Rajah SmartRajah E. Smart, Ed.D.
VP of Strategy, Technical Assistance and Policy
Dr. Smart’s background includes over 20 years in the education sector including teaching, school administration, state education consulting, data systems development, building capacity, auditing, higher education, grant writing, quality assurance development, and program evaluation for continuous improvement. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Antoinette PearsonAntoinette Pearson, Ed.D
Quality Assurance Lead 
Dr. Pearson serves as the Senior Quality Assurance Team Leader. As a consultant, she spent over five years working with the Michigan Department of Education, providing training to district leaders and staff in the area of cultural proficiency throughout the state of Michigan. Consulting includes conducting School Quality Reviews throughout the country, including leading school reviews for the New York State Department of Education, Alabama State Department of Education, and Minnesota Public and Charter School Districts.
Carmon Bell RossCarmen Ross
Strategy & Project Management 
Ms. Ross serves as Senior Strategy & Project Management. As a leadership specialist and skilled program designer and facilitator, Ms. Ross has more than 15 years’ experience working with organizational leaders across industries. Her professional work emphasizes the importance of cultural competency and helping organizations with the practical integration of diversity and inclusion into their existing structures. She collaborates with key stakeholders to gain meaningful insights that aid in the development of various professionals and improve practices and performance.

Advisory Committee Members

The Strategic Plan Advisory Committee is comprised of a mix of community stakeholders and District personnel.
Members of the Advisory team are:
David Glasner
Nicol Coxon Erica Merritt John Rizzo
Marla Robinson Erin HerbruckKristen Miller Toya Walls
Rebecca Benard Elizabeth KimmelJohn Moore Heather Weingart
Lyndon BrooksMicki Krantz John Morris Carmella Williams