David Adler’s experience is diverse and rare for an educator. He has degrees in education and advanced theoretical mathematics. Having worked in education for almost 20 years, he also has experience as a cryptographer, technical writer and statistics professor. David uses his background to bring a fresh perspective to educational administration.
David served for 12 years in classrooms in Virginia, New York and Massachusetts. These include schools ranging from a private, religious academy of 45 students to a large, public high school right outside of Washington, DC that served 1700 students. David’s experience spans public, private and charter schools as well as rural, urban and suburban areas. He has taught mathematics, science, engineering, computer science and social studies.
As the principal of a chronically-underperforming charter school in Springfield, MA, he brought data-driven reforms that resulted in the largest standardized test score gains in the history of Massachusetts. Within two years, student scores rose 44% in mathematics and 20% in literacy. As a curriculum director in a Vermont Supervisory Union, he has brought nimble, efficient programs that improve effectiveness and lower costs. His data-driven reforms of professional learning systems improved effectiveness and saved the supervisory union approximately $100,000 per year (out of a $25 Million budget).
David holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon (1995) in advanced theoretical mathematics with project work in operations research and abstract algebraic systems. He also holds an MS in mathematics and secondary education from Long Island University – CW Post (1997) with foci on cryptography as a teaching tool and gender equity in mathematics.
He is currently working on his Ed.D at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the Mathematics, Science and Learning Technologies Department of the School of Education. The focus of his thesis is developing targeted, useful metrics for institutional success in school settings.
His work has been well received across New England. He has presented at conferences of educators, administrators and special education directors. He has also present his work to Vermont legislators, including the Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, and his work has been presented to the Governor’s staff and the head of the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office.