July 20 2020

Burlington Superintendent Eric Conti Wins Award from State Association


Burlington Superintendent of Schools Eric Conti was honored by his fellow superintendents in the state.  

“Burlington Public Schools is proud to announce that Dr. Conti was named the winner of this year's Christos Daoulas Award which was presented during this week's Massachusetts State Superintendents' Association's (M.A.S.S) Executive Institute,” a blog post from the School Department states. 

The award was presented by Reading Superintendent John Doherty and the text of his presentation follows:

“I am honored to present this year’s Christos Daoulas Award.  This award recognizes outstanding service to M.A.S.S. and particularly effective communication within the role of superintendent.  Since 1997, this award has been presented to a Superintendent or Champion of Education in memory of Dr. Christos Daoulas, who was the Superintendent of Schools for the Dracut Public Schools from 1962-2000.  The recipient of this award is nominated and voted on by the Professional Development Committee.  The contributions, talent, and strong value system of Dr. Christos Daoulas made a difference in the lives of hundreds of students during his distinguished 38 years as a School Superintendent.  During that lengthy tenure, he was an active and respected contributor to M.A.S.S., its functions, and professional development opportunities. Long considered the elder statesman of our profession, he was beloved and respected by all, and brought a passion to his work that manifested itself in multiple forms of communication. An unassuming and sincerely dedicated individual, he brought a calming influence and an oasis of warmth to the increasing demands of effective school leadership.”

“This year’s recipient exemplifies many of the qualities of Dr. Christos Daoulas. The recipient of this year’s award is a visionary Superintendent who has been in his current role since 2008.  During that time he transformed his school district into one of the first one to one device school districts in the region.  He blazed the trail for all of us and shared with us everything his district was learning by holding workshops, sharing resources and best practices, and advocating for using technology as a tool for project based learning for all students at the state and national level.  At the state level, he testified to the joint Boards of K-12 and Higher Education to promote moving Computer Science from an elective to the MASS Core High School requirements as credit in math or science.  This extraordinary leader sees the value of having all students access computer science classes because this is a pipeline for our information economy in Massachusetts and gives our students the knowledge and skills to be a meaningful contributor in our society.” 

“He has been a leader in his geographical region by creating a coalition of Superintendents to make 21st century changes for NEASC, Late Start for High Schools, and the value of the information economy in his region by setting up numerous field trips to those industries.  He led his school district as one of the pilot schools in PARRC and became an early adopter for that test.  Although PARRC was short lived, the use of online state testing versus paper based state testing began with these early pilots.”

“He has been an officer on the MASS Executive Board for four years, serving as MASS President in 2018.  During that time, he worked closely with Tom Scott and Mary Bourque on the final stages of what became the Student Opportunity Act.  During his tenure as MASS President, this recipient focused on Computer Science, Equity in Resources for all districts and students, and safety and security.”

“During his career in education he has been a seventh grade science teacher, an Assistant Superintendent in two districts, and he is a current Superintendent.  He continues to substitute teach in his district so that he can stay connected with the kids.  My guess is he has enjoyed every mile of his journey as an educator because he enjoys working with students.”

“He has been recognized as a Sallie Mae First Year teacher nominee, was identified nationally by eSchool News as a Top Ten Tech Savvy Superintendent and most recently he was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) at their national conference in Los Angeles.” 

“He is a visionary, an innovator, a collaborator, and a communicator.  He will always make decisions in the best interest of kids and he has clearly made a difference in the lives of thousands of children in the Burlington Public Schools.  I am honored to call him a colleague and a friend.  It is with great pride that I present the 2020 Christos Daoulas Award to Dr. Eric Conti.”


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