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Paolo DeMaria

Paolo DeMaria is president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education. He recently retired as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio after five years of service. In that role his proudest accomplishment was the collaborative development of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education that continues to guide the policy and practice work of the Ohio Department of Education. During his tenure, DeMaria focused on improving literacy outcomes, developing and promoting a whole child framework, supporting and elevating teacher excellence and leadership, and promoting career-technical education and stronger business-education partnerships. He also advanced the work of equity in Ohio’s education system. Before becoming Ohio’s state chief, DeMaria directed the state’s Office of Budget and Management and was chief policy advisor to former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and executive vice chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education. He also spent six years as principal consultant for Education First Consulting. Born to immigrant parents, DeMaria is a native of West Virginia and attended public schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and South Carolina. He received a B.A. from Furman University and an M.P.A. from the Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Latest Contributions

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Five Change Management Principles Can Spur Uptake of Quality Curriculum

By Paolo DeMaria

Change management requires authentic, context-informed practices that are more social and emotional than technical in nature.

From the President’s Pen: Diving Deep into What Makes an Amazing High School

By Paolo DeMaria

There are wonderful, student-centric high schools in every state. My advice is to find them, visit, and probe into what they are doing well.

From the President’s Pen: Want to Be a Great State Board Member?

By Paolo DeMaria

We are stronger when we work together and seek common ground.

Roadmap to Excellence: Strategic Planning for State Boards

By Abigail Potts and Paolo DeMaria

Savvy boards can increase the odds their plans will live, breathe, and have measurable impact.

From the President’s Pen: Celebrate Teachers

By Paolo DeMaria

There is enough evidence to point us to better ways of ensuring that every student has a great educational experience every day.