Lewis Ferebee

Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools

Biography

Lewis Ferebee's extensive experience in attenuating the impact of poverty on academic achievement boasts strategic turnaround for persistently under achieving urban schools. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) — where Ferebee serves as superintendent — is a school district that was once designated as failing, but is on the rise. With the introduction of Innovation and Autonomous schools which have additional flexibilities in how they reorganize school-level resources for the maximum benefit to students, IPS is becoming more agile and more capable of quickly responding to schools' specific needs. Ferebee employed transformation efforts to drive school turnaround for chronically low-performing schools, reducing the number of schools rated as failing by 56 percent. Ferebee also bargained one of the most innovative teacher contracts in the nation, establishing a new compensation system that rewards teacher effectiveness, creates new leadership opportunities for high-performers, and enables strong teachers to earn more, faster.

Dr. Ferebee earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina

University, a master's degree in School Administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University.