Nathan Levenson

"We know we have been successful when real changes take place for students, staff, and taxpayers, not when a report has been delivered."

~ Nathan Levenson

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About Nathan

Nathan’s experience as a superintendent, school board member, and private sector CEO allows him to bring a unique perspective to his work at DMC. As Managing Director, he oversees all consulting activities and directs the development of tools and systems to facilitate the implementation of best practices. Nate works closely with superintendents and their leadership teams to create practical solutions to pressing challenges and to guide sustained efforts that turn opportunities into realities.

DMC project experience

  • Leading a redesign of special education in a mid-sized district that started with an in-depth study of both general and special education services. A short list of high-leverage opportunities was developed, and a multi-year implementation effort resulted in improved academic support for students as well as annual savings exceeding $3,000,000.
  • Directing a strategic planning effort to ensure all students master 21st century skills despite declining resources. The inclusive process included prioritizing and reducing initiatives and aligning time and money to their strategy. The process concluded with the development of measurable outcomes and an accountability system.
  • Developing a software tool that allows district leaders to explore the achievement, political, and financial impact of various resource allocation strategies. The tool provides a safe environment to explore a district’s priorities, philosophies, and options for resource allocation.

Other professional experience

  • Superintendent, Arlington, MA. Working with a very talented team, the district reduced the number of students reading below grade level by 65% and decreased the special education achievement gap by 66%. Some schools were commended by Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, by the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, by the MA DOE Compass Schools program and by School Matters—all for outperforming schools in like communities.
  • CEO North American Industries, an engineering and manufacturing company.

Education

  • BA from Dartmouth College
  • MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School
  • Graduate of the Broad Foundation Urban Superintendents Academy

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