J. Lawrence Aber

Shael Polakow-Suransky

Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Shael Polakow-Suransky is the New York City Department of Education's Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor, overseeing all of the school system’s instructional work and related policy issues. Previously, in his role as Deputy Chancellor for Performance and Accountability, he led the Department’s efforts to provide instructional support around the Common Core State Standards, tools to accelerate student learning, professional development for teachers, and the data used to evaluate school quality and improve student performance.

Shael has worked in the New York City public schools since 1994, when he started his career as a teacher of mathematics and social studies. In 2001 he became the founding principal of Bronx International High School, a highly successful school for students who are recent immigrants to the United States. He has worked in several roles at the NYC Department of Education focused on building instructional capacity for teachers and principals, having served as a Leadership Academy facilitator, Deputy CEO for the Office of New Schools, and Chief Academic Officer for Empowerment Schools.

Shael holds a bachelor's degree in education and urban studies from Brown University and a master's degree in educational leadership from the Bank Street College of Education. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.