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 Welcome Letter with Pre-Conference Details
 Session Evaluation
 Goal Setting Organizer

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Mirko Chardin

The Putnam Avenue Upper School
Founding Head of School
Greater Boston Area
Mirko J. Chardin currently serves as the Founding Principal of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA, a new middle school established as part of the city's Innovation Agenda to bring greater equity to middle school aged children. While Mirko's work has involved all areas of school management and student support, his greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, the implementation of technology, restorative practice, and school culture. Prior to being at the Putnam Ave Upper School, Mirko served in the City of Randolph as the Principal of Multiple Pathways and prior to that as an Academy Leader at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Boston, MA. His journey has provided him with experience in student support, discipline, staffing decisions, budget, family and community engagement, and facilities. On a daily basis, he works with teachers on curriculum development, classroom management, and student support related issues.

Mirko's motivation to be an educator comes from his own personal turn-around experience. As a child, he was kicked out of a few middle schools and was court-involved. But he persevered through the challenges of being a brown boy growing up in Boston to become a success despite, as an only child, being the lifelong caretaker of his mother who has suffered from mental illness his entire life.

A life -long resident of Massachusetts, Mirko received his education at institutions throughout the state. He earned his Bachelorís degree in English Literature at Wheaton College, his Masters in Arts of Teaching from Tufts University and his principal's certificate through the Principal Residency Network, a joint venture of the Center for Collaborative Education and Northeastern University.

Prior to his work in public education, Mirko was the founder and executive director of the New Hope Youth Coalition, a Boston based non-profit that connects organizations that serve youth in the City of Boston to each other and partner organizations in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In his spare time, he is an active Hip-hop artist, poet, aspiring author, entrepreneur and public speaker.