Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has appointed Patrick McAlister director of the Office of Education Innovation. He will guide the office’s mission to provide opportunities for all children to succeed through access to quality education. McAlister previously served with the Indiana Department of Education as director of policy. In this role, he managed the development of Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated plan. Indiana’s ESSA plan, developed with significant stakeholder input, was lauded for its content, readability and considered a ‘model for other states’ by the Collaborative for Student Success.

He also served as director of policy with Teach Plus, where he co-led the Teach Plus Indiana network of more than 2,000 teachers, 25 education leaders and 45 teaching policy fellows. McAlister began his career as a teacher. He earned a graduate certificate in Chemistry Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Wabash College.

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