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How did a 16-year Evanston parent and taxpayer end up as the superintendent of the Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system after a nationwide search that attracted more than 60 candidates from coast to coast?

To help the Evanston community understand the answer to that question, Evanston Now conducted an hour-long interview with Superintendent Paul Goren on Evanston Community TV (ECTV) during his first week on the job. The interview was released this weekend as part of ECTV’s The Reporters series.

Goren tells why he and his family moved to Evanston after serving as a deputy superintendent of the Minneapolis public school system, as well as his previous experience dealing with education policy matters for the National Governors Association in Washington.

But he also refers to his childhood days on the south side of Chicago, when he was one of a handful of white students in an elementary school that had a majority of African-American students.

He tells how his years as a mathematics teacher in California helped him to understand the physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges of being a teacher.

Then he weighs in on the many financial and educational challenges and opportunities that await him as the new superintendent, dealing with the achievement gap, the Common Core, the African-Centered Curriculum, the Two-Way Immersion programs of the district, and collaborating with Evanston Township High School and participating in the community’s cradle-to-career initiative.

ECTV is tentatively planning to run the program next week on a nightly basis on Evanston cable channels 6 and 19.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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