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Dr. Cheryl James Ward » CEO / Chief Engagement & Innovation Officer

CEO / Chief Engagement & Innovation Officer

Dr. Cheryl James-Ward is the CEO/Chief Engagement & Innovation Officer of e3 Civic High, recognized as one of the most innovative schools in the nation. Dr. Ward joined e3 in 2016 as the Chief of Academic Initiatives. In August 2018, she became the school principal and Chief Impact Officer. To take on this role, Dr. Ward retired from San Diego State University Department of Educational Leadership, one of the top educational leadership programs in the US (USNews and World Reports, 2018). While at San Diego State University (SDSU),  Dr. Ward served as the Founding Director of the online Master of Arts Program in Educational Leadership (ranked 21st nationally, USNews and World Reports, 2018; and 11th by, 2018), led the SDSU Chinese and American Educational Leadership Symposiums, and taught both master’s and doctoral level courses. As an SDSU professor emeritus, Dr. Ward continues to support the doctoral program and chair dissertation committees. 


Dr. Ward's other educational experiences include Director of Academic Initiatives, Principal and Vice Principal for the Long Beach Unified School District (third largest district in the state of California), Math and Science Director for the Cal State Long Beach University Upward Bound Program, and Dean of Student Discipline as well as Math Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  


Dr. Ward has published numerous articles in various journals, including the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, ASCD Principal Leadership, Association of California School Administrators Leadership Journal, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Global Education Review, Voices in the Middle and Education Technology Review. Her 2019 publications include: “A Comparative Analysis of 21st Century Schools in the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China and Effective Practices of Successful Blended Learning Schools.” Her latest co-authored book is Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement


Prior to her work in education, Dr. Ward was a software engineer for the Magellan Project at NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.