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Meet Paul Cummins, PhD

My name is Paul Cummins. I'm currently the executive director and president of the New Visions Foundation. We've helped start several new schools and we're working with foster children and incarcerated youth. I was formerly the founding headmaster of Crossroads School and the lead founder of New Roads School. I'm married with the 40th wedding anniversary coming up in February. I married into two teenage daughters and then my wife and I had two more daughters, so there's four girls in the family and they're all out in the world doing wonderful things and I'm deeply proud of all of them. In my spare time I write quite a bit. I'm a poet and have a new volume of poetry coming out, I think in December, by Finishing Line Press, entitled, "Undercover." And then, other than that, I like to relax with my Golden Retrievers.
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Paul Cummins, PhD

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Dr. Paul Cummins, President and CEO of Coalition for Engaged Education (CEE), received his bachelor of arts from Stanford University, his MAT from Harvard, and his doctorate from the University of Southern California.  In 1971, he co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica and built it into one of Los Angeles’s most successful educational institutions and a national model for innovative, independent schools. 

In 1995, Cummins stepped down as Headmaster of Crossroads and formed New Visions Foundation (now Coalition for Engaged Education) to offer opportunities for Engaged Education to all youth. The first venture was New Roads School, a diverse, K-12 independent school in Santa Monica that has a deep commitment to social justice. New Roads devotes 40% of its tuition budget to need-based student financial aid, guaranteeing access to students from a wide socioeconomic array. Cummins has since implemented a number of innovative programs to help children at risk.

Cummins has published four books on education, including Proceed With Passion: Engaging Students in Meaningful Education (2004), and Two Americas, Two Educations: Funding Quality Schools for all Students (2007), both published by Red Hen Press. His most recent book of essays, Why Poetry? Reflections on Poetry, Writing and Culture, was published in 2009 by Xlibris, in addition to two volumes of his poetry and two children's books published in recent years. He is currently finishing Confessions of a Headmaster: My Pursuit of Joy and Justice in Education (forthcoming from Red Hen Press).

Cummins and his wife Mary Ann reside in Santa Monica. They have four daughters and five grandchildren.

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