Dr. Linda Chen is the Senior Deputy Superintendent of Academics in the Boston Public Schools. She has spent the past thirty years working towards her mission of changing the educational system to truly work for all students in numerous roles across multiple districts and in nonprofit leadership. Specifically, her work has focused on executing instructional strategies that center the assets of multilingual learners, students with disabilities, and Black and Latinx students to ensure system-wide academic excellence.
Previously, she served as Chief Academic Officer at the New York City Department of Education. She led curriculum and instruction, professional learning, teacher and leadership development, postsecondary readiness, special education, multilingual learners, academic policy, research, and evaluation.
Dr. Chen was Vice President for Engagement and Implementation at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where she worked with numerous leaders across nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate contexts to provide entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, and opportunities for underserved youth in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and North Texas.
She also served as Chief Academic Officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, Deputy Chief Academic Officer of Boston Public Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, and Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning in the School District of Philadelphia. She was also a literacy supervisor, professional developer, and teacher in New York City and began her teaching career in Seattle Public Schools, where she was also a student. She feels extremely blessed to continue to have the opportunity to serve and work in community with others to deliver outcomes for young people.
Dr. Chen holds a B.S. in Psychology and Teacher Education Program Certification from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching, an M.S. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D. in Urban Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.