Max has held every job from substitute teacher to state superintendent and launched an independent school from scratch. He has led 4 districts, most recently Palo Alto where he established the Advanced Authentic Research program and led systemic changes to improve wellness supports for students and staff. As IMSA’s President, he led them to receive Intel’s “Star Innovator Award” as America’s most innovative high school, and he extensively expanded STEM programs and services to thousands of students and teachers. As State Superintendent Max made the ACT part of the Illinois state test thus giving every student opportunity to demonstrate their college readiness regardless of zip code. Since then, 19 states have followed suit. Currently, as President of HYA, he manages and coordinates services that more than 100 expert and energetic consultants across the country provide to local districts, regional and state agencies, and an array of private and public sector partners.
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