CLIFFORD STOCKTON III
Mr. Stockton has had many diverse experiences in education that span a range from K-12. He spent several years in secondary education, first assisting, then leading campus-wide efforts to develop exemplar schools and improve outcomes for a network of 7 public charter schools in, the Midwest. Realizing that he was often meeting students too late to help them prepare for better outcomes including getting accepted to college, Mr. Stockton returned to the classroom as a teacher at the middle and high school levels in both traditional public and charter institutions. Mr. Stockton has written curriculum, piloted innovative instructional programs, coached teachers and leaders and worked diligently to improve the academic progress of students.
Through his support and leadership Tindley Accelerated Schools have received both local and national recognition for consistently producing high academic outcomes in a low-income setting that consistently outperform the state average and the local district averages on Indiana’s state test as well as the SAT. Mr. Stockton was hand chosen to serve as Senior Project Manager and Special Operations Coordinator to the CEO for the Memphis Education Fund. In 2016, he worked alongside education and non-profit leaders to rebrand and launch the Memphis Education Fund (MEF). MEF seeks to increase the number of high-quality educational options for kids in Memphis by supporting the proven programs and organizations that lead to the best educational outcomes for children. That included funding advocacy and human capital portfolio investments in initiatives and non-profits in Shelby County, Tennessee.
Our partner organizations with philanthropic support lobbied and achieved wins in State education policy. Prior to his appointment with the Memphis Education Fund, education reform and equity were his passion overall passions in creating the change we need to see in public education on a macro level. Mr. Stockton currently serves as the School Partner Specialist of ALLMemphis- Access Language and Literacy (ALL). Based in Shelby County, Tennessee, ALL seeks to increase the number of high-quality educational options for kids in Memphis by supporting researched based programs and structures that lead to the best educational outcomes for children as it relates to Phonics instruction and Multi-Sensory Instruction. This is done through mentorship, coaching, and research-based structures around developing in-house reading proficiency and growth. In addition to his public speaking schedule,
Mr. Stockton is a consultant on issues concerning school reform, school culture, and school administration and education equity. He also served on Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’s Transition Education Commission Taskforce. Mr. Stockton is a native of Indianapolis, IN and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Butler University, and a certification in project management. He is a member of the inaugural Education Pioneers Leadership Program as a Visiting Fellow. He is an inaugural Leaders of Color Initiative Fellow, in Memphis, TN and he was selected from a group of local Memphis leaders to participate in the New Memphis Institute Embark Fellowship for professionals. Mr. Stockton also serves on the board of local education non-profits.