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"As an Assistant Superintendent in Newark, Mitch was part of a team that completely revamped our approach to teacher evaluation and development where he brought fresh thinking and a deep instructional knowledge.  Mitch was not only a principal manager but also a "coach" who supported everything from curriculum selection and implementation, to teacher evaluation, to culture building.  Whether working with a first year principal in a struggling school, or a longstanding veteran in a higher performing school, Mitch spent the majority of his time in schools and classrooms listening to leaders and teachers and challenging traditional ways of thinking to ensure kids are always getting the very best."

Cami Anderson, former Superintendent of Newark Public Schools

"Mitch Center was one of the first school administrators hired when we first began building the Success Charter Network.  At Success Academy Charter Schools we believe in what we call joyful excellence, the idea that schools should be both rigorous and fun.  Mitch embodied this core belief and he brought his intelligence, his high expectations and his creativity to all aspects of teaching, learning and leading in our schools."


Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools

“Mitch came to us having been a strong school leader at the Success Academy Charter Network and was one of our first principal coaches in NYC after the publication of 'The Widget Effect'. He helped dozens of school leaders to improve their ability to attract, develop and retain effective teachers.  We were fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Mitch in his next position as Assistant Superintendent for Newark Public Schools, where he continued to leverage strong relationships with principals to improve the quality of school instructional teams as well as the quality of instruction provided to students.”


Dan Weisberg, CEO of TNTP

“I’ve known Mitch Center since he was a star principal in the Success Academy Charter School Network (where I was Vice Chair of the board of directors) and then had the pleasure of working with him at my company, LightSail Education.  Mitch is unique in that he has deep experience as a school and district leader, yet he remains passionate and optimistic and energized about literacy and student achievement. At LightSail, Mitch helped us develop content and strategy for a reading contest we launched for our users in hundreds of schools.  He's also researched and written some terrific articles that support us with our mission of turning students into readers.  We have found him to be incredibly insightful as well as really easy to work with, and we are grateful for the creative contributions he continues to make to our work and on behalf of children."


Gideon Stein, Founder and CEO at LightSail Education

"Mitch spent a day with our paraprofessionals teaching reading strategies.  The paraprofessionals found this experience to be quite beneficial.  They learned other means to help the struggling special needs readers they assist in the classroom to comprehend and become more purposeful, active readers..." 

Cathy Palumbo, Special Education Supervisor, Passaic Public Schools

"Mitch has transformed how we train our new principals and coaches! His workshops are engaging and always leave our participants with practical strategies. I highly recommend Mitch to any school, district or educational system that’s looking for solid leadership-focused professional development!" 

                                               Brian Colomban, Assistant Superintendent at Diocese Of Rockville Centre

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Mitch Center on numerous occasions, and I wholeheartedly recommend him for his exceptional contributions to administrative leadership within the Madison-Oneida BOCES region in Upstate New York. What sets Mitch apart is his ability to tailor his consulting to meet the specific needs of our educational community. His commitment to customization ensures that each session is not only relevant but also directly applicable to the challenges we face. Through both in-person trainings and one-hour virtual meetings, Mitch as skillfully covered a variety of essential topics relevant to our needs, such as; adaptive leadership, decision-making, project-based learning & assessment, recruitment & retention, and navigating complex change."

                 Ed Rinaldo, Director of Staff and Curriculum Development at Madison-Oneida County BOCES 

I feel fortunate to have been connected with Mitch Center, and am grateful to have benefited from his professional coaching. Mitch offered himself as a thought partner when I approached him about the idea of working with my executive leadership team in a less traditional coaching capacity, building on their skills to coach our building leadership team. This tiered approach to coaching has both deepened our skill set as a leadership team, but helped to establish more authentic, supportive professional relationships on our team as we work to affect and manage significant change. Mitch brings a breadth of experience and perspective to his coaching, but is most appreciated for his ability to gently push new thinking and personal reflection. I have seen my team grow as a result of our work with him. Personally, I have valued my coaching sessions with him as a protected time to think more deeply about my work, speak candidly about where I am challenge and think with Mitch about other ways I can approach a challenging opportunity. I would recommend Mitch's coaching support to any leader looking to grow in their own capacity and any leader seeking out a resource to develop their leadership team.

                                                                                    Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent of Schools, Winnetka, IL

Mitch has been instrumental in my growth and expertise as a leader. I have participated in many of his leadership circles and have found that they have a tremendous impact.

                                                                       Jamiylah Jones, EdD, Principal

To learn more about Mitch and his work coaching, facilitating Leadership Circles or retreats, reach out to Mitch below:


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