MA Early College Community of Practice

in partnership with

Jeff Riley

MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Jeffrey C. Riley became the state’s 24th commissioner of elementary and secondary education in 2018 and has brought a renewed focus on instruction and on partnering with districts.

In 2019, he mapped out priorities such as bringing deeper learning to more classrooms and encouraging the use of evidence-based practices like diversifying the workforce. Those initiatives are now reflected in the DESE’s educational vision, which envisions classrooms where:

  • All students are known and valued;
  • Learning experiences are relevant, real-world, and interactive; and
  • Individualized supports allow all students to excel.

Commissioner Riley’s previous positions include serving as superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools, principal of Tyngsboro Middle School, and principal of Boston’s Edwards Middle School.

Commissioner Riley lives in Boston and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Pomona College in California, a master’s degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a master’s degree in school administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.