Tom Armelino, former ACSA President and the Executive Director of the National Association of School Superintendents, was named last week as the new Executive Director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence.
“I’m excited and honored to serve as the next Executive Director for the CCEE,” Armelino said. “CCEE was designed to be an organization that works as a collaborative partner doing important work for children by helping and supporting its partners statewide.”
Created in 2013 under California’s Local Control Funding Formula, CCEE provides support to county offices of education, school districts and charter schools needing assistance in improving learning for all students. CCEE is one of three entities making up the Statewide System of Support.
Armelino is impressed with the collective efforts of the CCEE to serve California students over the past three years.
“CCEE is working with county offices and the state Department of Education as part of the Statewide System of Support and a lot of the work will be driven by need,” he said. One of our goals is built around providing support and be a thought partner and resource for help—with our county partners we can come alongside district and charter school leaders and say how can we help.”
Armelino served as ACSA President from 2015-2016 and comes to the CCEE with vast experience as an instructional leader. Prior to his current position with NASS, he served as Shasta County Office of Education Superintendent for 11 years, a district superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, principal and classroom teacher and has been in public education for more than 32 years. He also played a role in launching LCFF as a member of Gov. Jerry Brown’s education policy “kitchen cabinet”.
He believes his LCFF, LCAP experience and relationships with county offices of education and the leadership roles he has served in through his work with ACSA school district leaders will be of great benefit to CCEE moving forward.
“CCEE is unique in that it doesn’t come with the same accountability restrictions as other agencies in the past,” he said. “This allows us to reduce some of the discomfort that comes with compliance so we can serve as a resource with expertise and as a partner in the work.”
Armelino replaces current executive director Dr. Carl Cohn. Armelino will officially begin working in his new capacity beginning July 1.