Mark Dunetz Named President of New Visions for Public Schools
Mark Dunetz has been appointed president of New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit leader in improving the quality of public schools in New York City. His appointment was announced by Richard Beattie, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the 26-year old organization.
Dr. Dunetz, who since 2013 has served as Vice President of School Support at New Visions, has spent nearly two decades working in New York City public schools. He began his career as a high school English secondary language (ESL) and social studies teacher working in both small and large high schools. After leaving the classroom, Dr. Dunetz taught ESL and bilingual teacher candidates, helped implement New Visions’ first residency program for aspiring school administrators and worked in program evaluation. His doctoral research examined an initiative to increase personalization and performance in a comprehensive high school through the creation of small learning communities. In 2008, he became the founding principal of Academy for Careers in Television and Film, New York City’s first career and technical education school connecting public school students with the full range of careers in the city’s growing film and television industry.
Mr. Beattie, Senior Chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, said “Mark Dunetz brings unparalleled experience as an educator and school leader, a deep understanding of the components of effective schools and a compelling vision for the use of technology to extend the capacity of teachers and administrators. Under his careful management of New Visions’ district schools, New Visions has seen steadily increasing graduation and college-readiness rates, while continuing to serve a share of high-needs students that is proportionate to the district as whole. His strong leadership skills will enable New Visions to continue to drive improvements in public education citywide.”
New Visions for Public Schools is an innovation lab within New York City’s public school system, working with both the public and private sectors to realize lasting gains in student achievement. Serving nearly 46,000 students, New Visions currently supports 70 district schools and operates seven charter high schools across the city. Its evidence-based teacher preparation program with Hunter College, the Urban Teacher Residency, has graduated more than 250 teachers and is a national model for clinically-based teacher preparation.
While working as a principal, Dr. Dunetz and his colleagues demonstrated how meaningful career preparation and rigorous academics can complement one another in an inclusive and well rounded school community. With a 98 percent four-year graduation rate in 2015, the Academy for Careers in Television and Film has consistently been one of the city’s highest performing non-selective schools. For the past three years, Dr. Dunetz has worked with his colleagues at New Visions to translate the lessons he learned as a teacher and school leader into supports that strengthen the work of educators with students, families, communities and colleagues. Among these supports are data and management tools used by more than 200 district and charter schools, high school curriculum integrated into thousands of classrooms across New York State and free Google Add Ons which allow more than 100,000 educators around the world to work more efficiently and effectively.
Dr. Dunetz received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University, and a doctoral degree in urban education policy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is married to a high school English teacher and college advisor and is a New York City public school parent. Dr. Dunetz’ appointment is effective immediately. He succeeds Robert L. Hughes, who stepped down from New Visions earlier this spring to become K-12 Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.