Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Paul Goren
In March 2014, the Board of Education of Evanston/Skokie District 65 appointed Dr. Paul Goren as Superintendent of Evanston/Skokie School District 65. After a nationwide search, the longtime Evanston resident and veteran educator was selected to lead District 65.
Prior to joining District 65, Dr. Goren served as the Senior Vice President for Program at The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) in Chicago. Previously, he served as the Interim Chief for Strategy & Accountability for Chicago Public Schools while working as Executive Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research. A former middle school social studies and math teacher and basketball coach, Goren also worked on the senior administrative teams of the Minneapolis Public Schools and the San Diego Unified School District. He served for over a decade as Senior Vice President of the Spencer Foundation and as a Program Director for Child and Youth Development at the MacArthur Foundation.
In close to 35 years in education his focus both locally and nationally has been on addressing the achievement gap, promoting healthy child development, helping make data more usable, and improving teaching and learning.
Dr. Goren has played an active role in local community organizations focused on academic, social, and emotional development of District 65 students. Goren has served on the Board of the Youth Organizations Umbrella (Y.O.U.) and has also advised and served on the Board of Foundation 65.
Goren has lived in Evanston for the past 19 years with his wife, Gwen Macsai, and their three children. All three children graduated from Oakton Elementary and Chute Middle School. One of his sons currently attends Evanston Township High School. His daughter, an ETHS graduate, is enrolled at Brandeis University, while his other son, also an ETHS graduate, attends Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Goren graduated with a BA from Williams College, a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Policy at the University of Texas and a PhD from Stanford University.