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Christopher Ruszkowski

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Associate Secretary & Chief Talent Officer
Delaware Department of Education
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Since 2011, Christopher Ruszkowski has served as Associate Secretary and Chief Talent Officer with the Teacher & Leader Effectiveness Unit (TLEU) at the Delaware Department of Education. The TLEU oversees statewide efforts focused on educator preparation, licensure/certification, recruitment/selection, evaluation, professional learning and retention/compensation. 

Christopher joined Governor Jack Markell's team at the Delaware Department of Education in 2010 after the state became a first-round Race To the Top grant recipient, immediately assisting all 19 districts with their local plan development. Previously, Christopher worked for the Harvard Strategic Data Project (SDP). During Christopher's tenure at the SDP, it released its first statewide Human Capital Diagnostic, landmark educator preparation legislation became a reality, three new alternative teacher preparation and four new principal preparation programs were established, the JoinDelawareSchools recruitment campaign launched, traditional funding sources became competitive human capital grants for LEAs, and revised teacher and leader evaluation systems were implemented statewide.

Christopher began his career as a social studies middle school corps member, in the Miami-Dade charter corps. He has since worked in a variety of district, charter school, and nonprofit contexts, including staff at TNTP and Education Pioneers. His decade as a golf caddie began at the age of 12, an experience that ultimately led to an Evans Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in educational policy, organizational, and leadership studies from Stanford.