Danique Dolly is an educator who has worked with public schools as a teacher, coach and administrator for the past 20 years. He is from the Bronx and East Harlem in New York, and is dedicated to innovative and progressive school models that can help improve public schools. Danique is a graduate of Morehouse College and Brown University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in education leadership at Harvard. He started his journey as a teacher/advisor at The Met School in Providence, Rhode Island with Big Picture Learning. While there, Danique also served as a principal and principal coach during a time when the Big Picture model was taken to scale. The early years with the Big Picture helped Danique develop a deep understanding of progressive school designs and the details that go into the implementation of startup schools.
Danique was a founding administrator at DC Prep Elementary in Washington, DC and also worked as an education coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone before serving as the founding principal of City Neighbors High School (CNHS) in Baltimore, Maryland. CNHS is a school designed around project-based learning, an internship program, parent partnerships and an advisory model. While principal, CNHS maintained above 90% attendance rate, above 85% graduation rate, and Danique was recognized by Baltimore City Schools as a transformational principal.
With a love for schools and learning, Danique now embarks on a mission to better understand how to help school leaders, schools and school systems thrive when faced with so many challenges and competing priorities. This year, as program specialist and doctoral resident for Big Picture, Danique will be assisting with the development of successful new Big Picture schools and school leaders as well.