This 32-minute video features Mr. Eric Mahmoud, CEO and Founder of 4 schools in Minneapolis, MN, delivering the 2012 opening keynote at the Association for Direct Instruction's National DI Conference in Eugene, OR. Mr. Mahmoud discusses his history of educational success as well as how the "Five-Gap Analysis" and the "Gap-Closing Framework" can be used to change the odds for traditionally underserved children.
More About Eric Mahmoud
Eric Mahmoud has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in educational administration. His commitment to academic excellence is reflected in his passionate pursuit of policies and programs that support teachers, empower parents, and inspire students. He believes, fundamentally, that all children deserve, and must receive,
a high-quality education.
Mr. Mahmoud is Founder and CEO of 4 schools that are grounded in Direct Instruction programs: Seed Academy, Harvest Preparatory School, Best Academy, and Sister
Academy. At Harvest Preparatory and Best Academy, he is responsible for fundraising, financial management, public relations, organizational accountability, facility management, and management of state compliance and accountability.
Under his leadership, Harvest Preparatory and Best Academy are two of the best schools in the state of Minnesota at closing the academic achievement gap between white and African American children. In 2011, Harvest Preparatory School was recognized by the Star Tribune as the number one school in the state of Minnesota that is "Beating the Odds." Best Academy 8th grade all-boys program tied for first place in the state for 8th grade reading. Best Academy 3rd grade all-boys program tied for first place in the state of Minnesota for 3rd grade math. In 2011, Best Academy all-boys program closed the achievement gap by outperforming the state white student
average in reading and math. He has also become successful in implementing, coaching, and mentoring new school initiatives focusing on African American children's student achievement and moral development. He has provided guidance for four new charter school initiatives in the past 10 years.
Mr. Mahmoud has recently developed "The Five-Gap Analysis," which parses the achievement gap into five gaps that schools must address in order to close the education gap. He has also developed the "Gap-Closing Framework," which
provides a coherent and aligned educational model to accelerate student learning. Eric Mahmoud has been married to Dr. Ella Mahmoud for the past 27 years, and they have four adopted children. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.