Gene Chasin is Chief Operating Officer at the Weiss Institute and President of Say Yes to Education.
Launched in April 2017, the Weiss Institute is an initiative of Say Yes that helps communities expand their capacity to support young people along the developmental pathway from early childhood to adult success. The Institute partners with communities to address inequities and boost economic development, and does so by marshaling the field’s best thinking, best practices and the latest research, as well as by drawing on 30 years of Say Yes’ own experience, expertise and lessons learned.
In this role, he oversees the Institute’s operations, as well as the organization’s partnerships.
Prior to joining Say Yes, Chasin was the director of the Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Connecticut. The Institute served as home for two national school improvement organizations, one state based school support enterprise, and an extensive research agenda. He also served as CEO of Accelerated Schools, one of the largest, longest-lived, most-researched school reform models in the country.
Before his involvement with national school improvement efforts, he served as a superintendent in Massachusetts and was an assistant superintendent in Durham, North Carolina. He also had an extensive administrative career serving in principalships at the elementary and middle school levels. Gene began his career as a teacher. He taught elementary school, special education, and served as a reading specialist.
Chasin earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a master of arts degree from the University of San Francisco in educational administration.