Our approach is grounded in the belief – if great school leaders expand their impact by launching networks of schools, then kids win.  To turn this into a reality, SIC partners with districts to launch and support partner networks driven by ambitious leaders with a track record for improving student outcomes.


Great Leaders | Great Schools

Board Information


Doug Dawson, Executive Director

Doug is a experienced systems-level leader driven by his background as an educator. He is a thought leader in launching district partnerships and designing innovative network models. Over the last two years, Doug has supported districts across the state to launch over 20 new partnership networks that have increased access to great schools for thousands of Texas students and families.

Doug’s journey in education began as a Teach for America corp member in Dallas, TX where he served as a middle school teacher in a Title I school.  Upon completing his corp experience, Doug completed his MBA at Rice University as part of the university’s education entrepreneurship program (REEP).  He also served as a teacher and administrator with YES Prep Public schools, leading the launch of Fifth Ward High School.

Prior to launching the School Innovation Collaborative,  Doug served as the Assistant Director for the Texas Education Agency’s Division of System Support & Innovation where he designed and launched multiple state-wide education reform initiatives aiming to empower school leaders and educators.