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Michael Gaal

Michael Gaal

Michael Gaal is the Deputy Chancellor of Innovation and Systems Improvement for DC Public Schools. Before joining DCPS, he served as the Chief of Staff at Oakland Unified School district, where his portfolio included the development and alignment of Superintendent Work Plans, the expansion of Values-based programs and trainings, and as the Co-Chair of a cross-sector district-charter compact. Prior to this, Gaal served as Network Leader for PK-8 schools and Chief Operating Officer in the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. Gaal transitioned into public education in 2014 when he retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force, after a 25-year career in policy, operational support, and flight instruction. Gaal attending the US Air Force Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in engineering mechanics, the University of Colorado, where he received a Master of Science in space operations, and the National War College, where he received a Master of Science in national security studies.

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