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Charleston nonprofit hires new executive director

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Dustin Daniels is the new executive director of Charleston Coalition for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of public education in Charleston County School District.

Daniels, who replaces Josh Bell, was selected for the role because of his knowledge of educational transformation and his experience in political strategy and campaign communication, according to a news release from the organization.

Dustin Daniels is the new executive director of The Charleston Coalition for Kids. (Photo/Provided) “Taking on this role in Charleston at such a critical juncture for the community is both humbling and energizing,” Daniels said in the release. “I look forward to building a movement for educational transformation in Charleston with anyone and everyone who believes our school system should do everything it can to ensure a world-class education for every single child in this community.”

While Head of Strategy for the Transformation Network of Hillsborough County Public Schools in Florida, Dustin helped decrease the number of "D" and "F" schools by 82%, and helped 38 of 45 of the HCPS' most vulnerable and chronically underperforming schools improve by at least one letter grade during the global pandemic from 2019-22, the release stated.

He also helped secure funding for the Charleston County School District as a consultant to address teacher retention and burnout issues and connected CCSD with partnerships focused on rapid school improvement, including with the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University and the National Education Equity Lab, the release stated.

“Dustin brings an incredible record of impact in education, and will work hard to raise awareness and implement proven ideas to improve all schools,” Loren Ziff, board chair of the Charleston Coalition for Kids, said in the release. “We believe that change starts with leadership at the top, and Dustin joins our community at a pivotal time, including during an election cycle where all nine school board seats are open and the community’s focus remains on post-COVID student achievement.”

Reach Jason at 864-568-7570.

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