Chief Academic Officer
Sacramento City Unified School District
Iris Taylor has worked in the field of education for 27 years and is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the Sacramento City Unified School District where she provides oversight and direction to the district’s academic programs and services. Iris joined the district in 2010 to serve as the Coordinator, Equity, Access, and Excellence and shortly transitioned into the position of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction to lead the district’s Common Core implementation. Prior to joining the SCUSD team, Iris was the Chief Instructional Officer for a small network of charter schools within the Chicago Public School System. Iris’ began her educational career as a middle school English teacher within the Los Angeles Unified School District where she taught for 11 years. She has a diverse range of experiences within the field of education and has served as a School Change Coach with The National Equity Project (formerly known as the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools and as a Program Associate in the Center for Literacy at Learning Point Associates which is now the American Institute for Research. Iris also has a background in educational research and worked as a Research Assistant with the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Iris holds a BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University.