Carol Hedgspeth, PhD

Carol Hedgspeth, PhD

VP, Talent & Operations

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Carol Hedgspeth currently serves as Innovate’s first VP of Talent and Operations, after serving there for two years as Director of Talent and Continuous Improvement and for one year as Director, Research and Policy. In her current role, Carol is responsible for maintaining and enhancing Innovate’s talent recruitment and management strategies, and managing our day-to-day operations to support staff and boost Innovate’s effectiveness in meeting our current and future goals. Carol joined Innovate Public Schools in 2015.

Prior to this, Carol was a researcher at WestEd in the Assessment and Standards Development Services program, managing research projects on topics including the alignment of state assessments to state-and district-level standards and learning objectives, the validity and defensibility of state-level educator effectiveness measures, the adequacy of college- and career-readiness measures in career academies, and metrics for optimal teaching and learning strategies for English learners, multilingual families, and families with low incomes.

Carol has worked at various education and social science research organizations, including Cogent Integrations, LLC., the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), and American Institutes for Research.

Carol also has a background in academia, and has more than ten years of experience teaching at the college level, having served most recently as Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Psychology Department at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland from 2008 to 2010. Carol has taught various courses in departments of Psychology and Education. Carol received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and M.S. in Social Psychology from Howard University in Washington D.C, and received her B.S. in Psychology from University of California at Berkeley.

What I love most about our work is …

…our purposeful focus on staff development around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). I’m passionate about our internal DEI work because a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging helps drive a culture where staff can bring their full selves to their work with families and other external partners.

Inspiring Quote

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced..” – James Baldwin