Contact:
Phone: (617) 353-4624
Email: rharris@bu.edu

Education

  • 2000 Boston College, Doctor of Philosophy; Focus: Urban School Leadership
  • 1997 The National Conference for Community and Justice. LeadBoston, Class of ’97
  • 1987 – 1988 Boston University, Boston Public Schools Leadership Academy
  • 1977 – 1980 Boston State College, Masters Degree, Major: Educational Administration
  • 1972 – 1974 Boston University, Bachelor of Science Degree, Major: Human Movement & Health Education
  • 1970 – 1972 McCook College, Associate of Arts. McCook, Nebraska

Profile

Dr. Roger F. Harris has devoted 38 years working with youth in Boston’s public schools. He presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer &Superintendent of the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School Foundation. Dr. Harris is the founder and president of Urban School Specialists, LLC. He is the Executive Producer of The Positive Youth Project and It Takes A Village educational series aired on Boston Neighborhood Network television. Dr. Harris is 2nd vice President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association and vice President of the Boston Charter School Alliance. He is the former Principal of the two-time National Blue Ribbon Award winning Timilty Middle School. He is a co-founder of the award-winning Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Dr. Harris has worked in both charter and traditional Boston public high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, mentor, dean, assistant headmaster, and principal, earning national and international recognition as an outstanding urban educator. Dr. Harris travels extensively to China, serving as a delegate to the Chinese Bridge to American Schools Program and has developed partnerships and exchange programs with Chinese Universities and K-12 schools.

Publications

  • “Secrets of Success (SOS) for Urban Schools,” In process of publication 2012
  • Primary Care Optometry News-January 2010. “Innovative in-school eye care program provides immediate treatment for students.”
  • The Principal View-Summer 2006. “District and Charter Schools Come Together to Advance Academic Opportunities”
  • Principal Magazine – May 2002, Volume 81, “The Violence That Surrounds Us”
  • Science Scope – October 1998, “Family Science Nights”
  • Advances in Physiology Education – December 1997, Volume 18, “A Hospital/School Science Fair Mentoring Program For Middle School Students”

Affiliations

  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Bethel A.M.E. Church
  • Vice President of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association Board of Directors
  • Vice President Boston Charter Alliance
  • Immigrant Learning Center Board of Directors
  • The Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors
  • Former President of The Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts
  • Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts Associate
  • Former Massachusetts Elementary Schools Principal Association Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder of Roxbury Preparatory Charter Public School
  • Former member of the Bostonian Society Board of Trustees
  • Former Member of the Roxbury Historical Society
  • Former Member of the Roxbury Heritage State Park Advisory Board
  • Citizen Schools Advisory Board, Tenacity Advisory Board
  • Squash Busters Advisory Board
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • Former Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America Greater Boston Council (Heritage District)
  • VFW
  • Boston Public Schools Guidance Counseling Task Force
  • Boston Public Schools Code of Discipline Revisory Committee
  • Former Freedom House Summer Program Director
  • Former Director of the Boston Equal Rights League
  • Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning
  • Massachusetts Green Ribbon Commission

Awards & Honors

  • 2012 “Change Maker Award” – The Boston Foundation
  • 2011 “Distinguished Alumni Award” – Boston University School of Education
  • 2011 “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award” – North Shore Black Women’s Association
  • 2006 “Hall of Fame” – James P. Timilty Middle School, Boston Public Schools
  • 2005 “Excellence in Education Award” – Livingstone College Alumni, Massachusetts Chapter
  • 2003 “Community Service Award” – Massachusetts Partners in Transportation
  • 2001 “National Distinguished Principal Award” – National Association of Elementary School Principals & The United States Department of Education
  • 2001 “Principal of the Year Award” – Massachusetts Elementary Principals’ Association
  • 2000 “John Stanford Education Heroes Award” – U.S. Department of Education
  • 2000 “LeadBoston Community Service Award” – The National Conference for Community and Justice
  • 2000 “Crispus Attucks Community Service Award” – VFW Tri-Ad Veterans Association
  • 1997 “American Hero Award” – U.S. Department of Education/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • 1997 “Educational Leadership Award” – Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
  • 1996 “Man of the Year Award” – Roxbury Kiwanis Club
  • 1996 “Educational Leadership Award” – Tuskeegee Alumni Association
  • 1996 “Million Man March Award” – Nation of Islam
  • 1993 “President’s Award” – Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
  • 1992 “Men of Vision Award” – Museum of African American History
  • 1992 “Educational Leadership Award” – Black Educator’s Alliance of Massachusetts
  • 1991 “Appreciation Award” – Blacks in Government, Boston Chapter
  • 1991 “Educational Leadership Award” – Boston Urban Banker’s Forum
  • 1991 “Outstanding Veteran Achievement Award” – Veteran’s Benefits Clearing House
  • 1990 “Point of Light Award” – The Thomas Report

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.