Scott Nine emphasizes local leadership in Student Success Act work
The new face of Student Success Act implementation has long ties to Oregon while working in the national education arena.
Scott Nine is the first assistant superintendent of the Oregon Department of Education’s new Office of Education Innovation and Improvement. He reports directly to Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Colt Gill.
The office will be primarily focused on administering the act’s Student Investment Account, which will provide about $500 million a year in enrollment-based district grants. The office will also be charged with trying to align ODE’s other offices with the act’s processes and goals.
Nine started part time on Aug. 12 and will begin full time on Sept. 9. He is transitioning into the job from his most recent role as deputy director of strategy and program at the National Public Education Support Fund. The NPESF was established to bring together people to find ways to improve public education.
Both Nine’s parents are educators, and he was a middle school English teacher before moving to Oregon in 2003. Nine has lived in the Portland Montavilla neighborhood for most of the past 15 years while doing local and national consulting work. He has worked on using research to remodel education systems with local input so they are focused on student needs.
“When I heard he was the candidate, I thought this is a guy who can do the work,” said Gladstone Schools Superintendent Bob Stewart. Nine was an equity trainer for Gladstone about five years ago.
Stewart said Nine is knowledgeable and passionate. He said Nine will ask challenging questions about schools that will make an impact for all students.
Nine gave his first media interview to OREdNews. He took questions by phone Wednesday, after ODE rolled out its Student Investment Account Engagement Toolkit. His answers have been edited for clarity.
Q. What will the new office’s mandate be and what will your role be?