As Program Director, Matt Kelley leads the Performance Partners Program, Leaders of Leaders, and school system partnerships. Before joining the Philly School Leaders team, Matt worked at the Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP). As the Director of School Investments, Matt led a portfolio that supported over 65 schools across the city of Philadelphia. He provided professional development and technical assistance to support schools to transform grant funding into outstanding results for students. He designed and facilitated a two-year Instructional Collaborative focused on increasing student outcomes and managed six Communities of Practice in the areas of literacy, math, special education, instructional coaching, data & assessment, and talent.
Before joining PSP, Matt served for nearly seven years as the founding Principal of DRW College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. Under his leadership, the school was one of the top-ranked for ACT growth out of over 100 non-selective high schools in Chicago and 83% of students from the school’s first two classes matriculated into college. Prior to DRW College Prep, Matt taught English for eight years in a variety of school settings, including as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Arkansas Delta region, at an international private school in Mexico City, and at Noble’s Rauner College Prep in Chicago.
Matt is a Philadelphia area native, who graduated from Penn Charter. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Brown University and a Masters degree in School Leadership from the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University.