- April 01, 2019
- 8:30 am - 10:00 am
- Ropes & Gray
Dr. David J. Silva currently serves as Provost and Academic Vice President at Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts. Prior to his appointment as provost in 2015, he was a faculty member and administrator at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he held the titles of Professor of Linguistics, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. In 2013, he was elected as a Founding Fellow to the University Of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. A native of Medford, Massachusetts, Dr. Silva received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Dr. Silva received a Fulbright Fellowship award for language study and field research in Seoul, Korea. His past research has focused on language variation and language change in Korean and in Portuguese, while a recent scholarship has been devoted to issues in higher education.
Prior to his academic and university management career, J.D. was senior education advisor to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, education policy director for Governor Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts, a senior manager at the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and a television reporter in New York City. He is the co-editor of Special Education for a New Century (Harvard Education Press, 2005) and editor of the OECD publication Education at a Glance (2012).
J.D. is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Chair of the Board of Trustees at North Shore Community College. He holds three degrees from Harvard, including a doctorate in education administration, policy, and social planning, and a law degree from Georgetown.
A Salem resident, Superintendent Ruiz is a highly reflective, bilingual, forward thinking leader with a strong record of accomplishment in accelerating studentachievement in a network of schools with a large population of English language learners and special needs students. Her approach is firmly student-centered, and she frequently refers to herself as the “president of the Salem student union.” As the first Latino school superintendent in the City's nearly 400-year history, she led a community engaged strategic planning process during the 2016-2017 school year, including facilitating the first-ever Spanish language citywide conversation in the city. Prior to her appointment in Salem, Superintendent Ruiz was an area superintendent for the Boston Public Schools.
Superintendent Ruiz has 29 years of combined experience as a teacher, coach, principal, and network superintendent in the Boston Public Schools. In those roles, she honed her skills and developed a clear philosophy of education that begins with honoring the dignity of every person and developing solid relationships at every level of the organizations in which she worked. Superintendent Ruiz is experienced in coaching principals in creating data-driven, rigorous learning environments that are conducive to the highest levels of student and staff achievement. She is committed to providing excellent and inclusive environments for all of Salem’s students.
2019 Social Innovator
LEAP for Education empowers under-served and first-generation-to- college students to succeed in college, career, and life. LEAP serves over 500 students in year-round, out-of-school time programs with an innovative approach that focuses in four-areas: enhancing academic skills, developing social-emotional maturity, expanding social connections, and college and career readiness.
Amelia Peabody Foundation
About the Spring Social Issue Talk Series
The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) is excited to announce the expansion of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series to all of spring. With the optimistic energy necessary to live and work in Boston, we are ushering in the start of spring early with our first event on February 21. The newly renamed Spring Social Issue Talk Series is still made up of eight free, educational events across the city but now takes place throughout the months of February to April. At each event, funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2019 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.
Learn about the entire series here.