Megan Tupa is a consultant with SchoolWorks. Most recently, she served as Executive Director in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education department, which is responsible for providing services to more than 50,000 students across the City of Chicago. Megan led the transformation of the citywide evaluation teams – hiring, training, and managing more than 75 staff members to conduct special education evaluations of more than 6,000 students annually. The leadership Megan brought to this work was lauded by top district officials, the Mayor’s Office, and the Illinois State Board of Education. Megan was also responsible for establishing policy for the provision of preschool special education services for more than 5,000 students and 200 teachers. In collaboration with the District’s early childhood office, Megan was a key player in the roll-out of a centralized preschool application process and full-day preschool programs – both priorities set forth by Chicago’s Mayor. Megan joined CPS in 2010 as the Director of Special Projects with the Office of Instruction. In this role, she was integral in leading many district priorities, including the development and launch of the district’s comprehensive, performance-based teacher evaluation system. Prior to joining CPS, Megan was the Chief Operating Officer at SchoolWorks, providing project management and organizational support to school districts across the country. Megan has extensive experience managing diverse teams, developing and implementing strategic plans, and providing consultation to district and school administrators, as well as city officials. Megan holds a B.S. in Child Development and Psychology from Vanderbilt University, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Masters in Health Administration from Suffolk University.