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Joseph Sassone

As the Comprehensive School Assistance Program’s Director of Development, School and District Services, Joseph Sassone helps build the capacity of schools and school districts to improve education programs and outcomes for students. With deep expertise and extensive experience in school improvement efforts nationwide, Sassone focuses on the needs of underserved districts and schools.

He oversees the provision of an integrated and comprehensive set of services in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; English language learners; parent engagement; and accountability systems. Sassone and his staff develop customized, research-based solutions for partner schools and districts, based on their strengths and needs.

Sassone and his team provide technical assistance and professional development services to several districts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, New York, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.

Sassone led a successful district transformation project in Phoenix, AZ; facilitated and constructed — in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction — a student-centered systemic transformation model to guide district strategic improvement in the Milwaukee Public Schools; and led a skill-building session at a New York State Council of School Superintendents event, focusing on the evidence-based Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement, developed by the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd.

Prior to joining WestEd in 2006, Sassone served as Assistant Superintendent of Vail (Arizona) Unified School District, a WestEd client. The collaboration between Sassone and WestEd resulted in Vail fully implementing the district accountability system and moving student performance, districtwide, from the lowest in the Tucson Valley to the highest.

Sassone received a BA in human relations from St. Joseph’s College and an MS in school counseling, and a Professional Degree in administration and leadership from Long Island University.