Dr. Carol D. Birks Bio

  • Dr. Carol Birks is an exceptional educational professional with more than 20 years of experience at all levels of education.


    She comes to New Haven Public Schools from her leadership position as The Chief of Staff at Hartford Public Schools where she assisted the superintendent in the day-to-day management and operations of the district. While working as a district administrator for HPS, Dr. Birks led key initiatives that required executive leadership, skill, and strategic direction.


    Dr. Birks also served as an Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Leadership at HPS. She has worked collaboratively with a Networked Improvement Community to build the capacity of school leaders to improve student academic outcomes for fourteen schools. Through this collaboration, she supported school leaders to leverage resources in and out of the district.


    Throughout her career, she has implemented improvement efforts that have addressed disparities in education, promoted urban school reform and yielded statewide and national recognition.


    Dr. Birks received a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, master degrees from the University of Bridgeport and Columbia University Teachers College, obtained an executive leadership superintendent’s certification from the University of Connecticut and holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Columbia University Teachers College.


    Dr. Birks is a former language arts teacher from Bridgeport and has experience as an administrator, an executive leadership coach in Norwalk and New Haven, and as a developer of a safety net programs to develop students' academic and socio-emotional growth and development. She has an extensive background in Urban Education and supporting diverse learners in all settings.


    Throughout her career, Dr. Birks has demonstrated exemplary instructional and organizational leadership, a willingness to take risks, a commitment to collaboration, and the ability to overcome adversity.


    In her advocacy, she has challenged the system, built on the strengths of all external and internal district partners, boosted the system’s continuous improvement strategies, and has inspired the entire community to believe that all students are entitled to rigorous, challenging, and meaningful learning experiences. Her story is one of perseverance and passion, championing for children in Connecticut’s neediest cities.