Babak Mostaghimi, Ed.L.D., is the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instructional support and innovation for Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) where he supports improvement and innovation in teaching and learning across GCPS’ classrooms, serving nearly 180,000 students. Most recently, Mostaghimi has focused on the district’s K-12 artificial intelligence curriculum, leveraging design thinking to solve problems and explore solutions across GCPS, and designing new educational models. He previously served as the executive director of innovation and program improvement for GCPS. In that role, Mostaghimi led the creation of the Department of Innovation and Program Improvement, which includes the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness; spearheaded national partnerships with organizations like Teachers Guild x School Retool and NewSchools Venture Fund that support student learning; and supported program improvement efforts throughout GCPS. Prior to joining GCPS, Mostaghimi was the deputy director and director of community, family and school engagement for the Mississippi-based Center for Education Innovation. He began his education career as a fifth grade science and social studies teacher in Shelby, Mississippi, where he was the 2008 District Teacher of the Year and a Mississippi Teacher of the Year Nominee. In Mississippi, Mostaghimi was on the front lines of addressing educational inequity, supporting students from third through seventh grade via afterschool programs, and partnered closely with families and community members to ensure the success of students. He holds a doctorate in education leadership and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins University.