David Hardy

David Hardy is the CEO of the Lorain School District in Ohio. Prior to becoming CEO, Hardy led notable school improvement initiatives as school leader in District 19 (Brooklyn), as a state leader in in New Jersey, and as a district leader in for Saint Louis Public.

Hardy served as Deputy Superintendent of Academics for Saint Louis Public Schools. There, he was charged with the mission-critical task of setting and meeting academic standards, developing instructional resources and creating best-in-class educational offerings that address the needs of the district’s students. During his tenure, he supported the development of the academic office, district strategic plan, and corresponding academic initiatives. He is leader of the academic team that has brought Saint Louis Public Schools full accreditation for the first time since 2000.

Most recently, David was selected to the Board of Trustees at Columbia College in Missouri. Additionally, he is an alumnus of some of the most forward thinking national educational organizations in the country — including the National Superintendents Academy and the PELP Institute at Harvard University — and was named a Future Chief for Change Fellow in 2017.

David is a graduate of Colgate University, where he was a student-athlete who left his mark in the classroom and court. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also holds an MS in Education Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL and an Ed.M in Urban Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and will receive his Ed.D in Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York later this year.

 

This conference was differentiated for the needs of my school leadership team. They were able to choose from a variety of sessions that addressed different areas.

— Priscilla Hopkins, Principal

I will not miss another Learning Forward Conference. My team experienced the amazing learning and I feel the same. It feeds you and is the perfect mid-year boost one needs to push into the continuous improvement time of year (post-December).

— Mandi Bilyou