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Phillips named GIPS Director of Innovation for College and Career Readiness

Grand Island Public Schools has announced Dan Phillips has been promoted to Director of Innovation for College and Career Readiness. Phillips has been the academy principal for the Academy of Technical Sciences and the Career Pathways Institute Coordinator.

“With our heightened concentration on college and career readiness across the district, and at the Academies of Grand Island Senior High in particular, this role will be crucial as we prepare our students to thrive,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “Mr. Phillips’ connections to the needs of our students and those of the community through the Career Pathways Institute give him a unique perspective we will leverage with this new position.”

Phillips has been a GIPS administrator since 2013 at CPI. He has had an active role in the transition of Grand Island Senior High from a traditional high school to a wall-to-wall college and career academy.

“With the help of community partners and dedicated educators, CPI students have a constantly growing number of outstanding opportunities,” he said. “I’m excited to continue the great momentum we have started as we open all the Academies of Grand Island Senior High this fall.”

Phillips said he is excited about this position because he can carry out the lessons he has learned at CPI to prepare even more students for college and career success.

“We have a great team of administrators and staff at Grand Island Senior High who are invested and working hard to make our academies the best in the nation,” Phillips said. “I look forward to doing my part to reach that goal and having a major impact on all the students of Grand Island Public Schools, current and in the future.”

Grover said the district is always evaluating its leadership needs to stay current and align with the priorities and expectations of the strategic plan.

“This district leadership position has always been an expected need,” she said. “We felt with the growth of the Academies now is the appropriate time to fill the position and Mr. Phillips is the ideal candidate.”

GIPS Chief of Leadership and Learning Dr. Toni Palmer said Phillips’ new position will be valuable for the district’s focus on preparing all students for college and career.

“Dan’s history of personalizing student pathways will be called upon as we work to personalize every student’s experience at Senior High,” Palmer said.

GIPS will now begin looking for his replacement as academy principal for the Academy of Technical Sciences.

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