Dr. Keith Look began his educational tenure as a middle school teacher in west Baltimore. He then pursued the study of education policy and practice formally at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing his dissertation on the application of K-8 grade span configurations as an intervention capable of maintaining community continuity while preserving the principles of middle grades education.
As a high school principal in both Philadelphia and Louisville, Keith fostered learning opportunities in challenging environments. His turnaround work at the Academy @ Shawnee, documented in Education Week and celebrated by then US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, applied a therapeutic approach to school reform and debunked the myth that only new teachers would fill vacancies at such schools. Most recently, the Danville Independent School District shed its negative achievement label under Keith’s leadership as superintendent.