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Markay Winston

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Chief of Diverse Learner Supports and Services, Chicago Public Schools

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Markay L. Winston, Ph.D. leads Chicago Public School's efforts to provide education and supports to the district's approximately 69,000 students with diverse learning needs. Under her leadership, the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services collaborates with all stakeholders to ensure that all students with disabilities are successful and graduate prepared for college and career.

Prior to joining Chicago Public Schools in September 2012, Dr. Winston directed the Department of Student Services in Cincinnati, OH. During her tenure in Cincinnati, she oversaw section 504, special education and related services, district crisis response, homeless education, school health, and English as a second language for the 35,000-student district. She has successfully led multiple district wide efforts to strengthen access to the core curriculum for diverse learners through a three-tiered integrated systems change model of intervention.

Dr. Winston has worked tirelessly in advocating for the unique needs of diverse learners. In addition, she has promoted an increased awareness of core curriculum and instructional technology skills on behalf of district employed intervention specialists and English as a second language teachers.

Dr. Winston is actively involved at the regional, state and national levels on issues involving special education, curriculum access through technology, leadership development, and assessment.