Susan serves the Oklahoma educational community as OPSRC's Charter Technical Assistance Lead (CTAL). In this role she will be in charge of providing technical support to the prospective Charter School Program (CSP) sub-grantees as they apply for approval and then prepare to open new, replicated or expanded high-quality charter schools. She will also work to identify potential school leaders, provide training and technical assistance in support of the applicants producing high-quality applications for charter authorization or expansion and help ensure successful school launches.
Based on the quote by Alexander Den Heijer that states, "When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower," Susan Baldwin is a “fixer” and has built her educational career transforming educational environments for students across the country. A mother of three, and a professional musician, she left the recital hall to pursue a career in educational reform, serving at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Noted for transforming music classrooms in inner city Hartford, CT, revitalizing arts programs across Kansas City, Missouri, and turning around failing schools in Baltimore, Maryland, Susan is a proud graduate of the "New Leaders" transformational leadership development program, Cohort 11.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in music performance and education from the University of Hartford/Hartt School of Music, a Master of Science in education from Central Connecticut State University and recently earned a Master of Science in educational research and leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education in San Diego, California.
Susan joins the OPSRC staff after a 6-year tenure as the principal of the Millwood Elementary Learning Academy in Oklahoma City, where, working through a vision of creative, collaborative and personalized instruction, she introduced project-based learning as an instructional focus and transformational tool.