The Chief Schools Office has responsibility for sixteen (16) learning networks and their schools. The learning networks number from 1-13, plus the Acceleration, Innovation and Opportunity learning networks. In support of the 16 learning networks, the Chief Schools Office offers the following services:

  • Administration
  • Leadership Development
  • School and Network Development
  • School Improvement and Innovation
  • School Operations
  • School Organization


Services: Collaboration with external and internal stakeholders; Board contracts and school-based limited contracts; Academic Calendars; Parent and student Concerns; Principals’ Resource Newsletter; Chief Schools Officer approval for school-based paperwork and school trips
Key Contact: Ebony McCormick emccormick@philasd.org – Executive Assistant to the Chief Schools Officer

Leadership Development

Services: Principal and Assistant Principal Leadership Development and Coaching; Leadership Pathways; Growth Mindset Focus
Key Contact: Marille Thomas mfthomas@philasd.org – Project Manager

School and Network Development

Services: Supporting Network Leaders in the implementation and monitoring of district wide initiatives.
Key Contact: 

School Improvement and Innovation

Services: System of Great Schools (SGS), school interventions, Academic Improvement Plan, school name changes, Common Planning Time
Key Contact: Emily Faxon efaxon@philasd.org – Project Manager

School Operations

Services: School year opening and closing; School building facilities; Principal preparedness; Lindback Foundation Awards
Key Contact: Melinda Mammi mmammi@philasd.org – Executive Assistant

School Organization

Services: Rostering and Class credit support; Graduation; Homeschooling; Summer Programs
Key Contact:
Vacant – Executive Director