DURHAM, NC – March 26, 2018 – Centervention®, the leading provider of game-based, social, emotional, and behavioral interventions for K-8 students, announced today that Dr. Terry Grier, former superintendent of Houston Independent School District and Guilford County Schools in North Carolina, has joined its Board of Directors.
Grier previously served as superintendent of several districts across the U.S., including San Diego Unified School District, Akron, and Sacramento.
In his time as superintendent of Houston ISD, the 7th largest district in the country, drop-out rates decreased to 11% from 22%, and the Apollo 20 program he established eliminated the math achievement gap in the 11 lowest-performing elementary schools.
“Dr. Grier has spent his career working tirelessly to improve outcomes for all students, and he cares deeply about addressing modern challenges around school climate, culture and safety,” says Tim Huntley, Centervention CEO. “With our existing programs and our recent award from the National Science Foundation, we are addressing these challenges. We are confident that Dr. Grier’s experience and energy will help broaden our impact and accelerate our business.”
“If we are going to meaningfully address the achievement gap, then we have to address the root causes of problems in our schools,” added Dr. Grier. “Centervention’s innovative programs can help by improving school climate and safety, and providing an opportunity for all students to learn. I’m excited to join the board of directors and look forward to lending my experience toward the work we’ll do together.”
Since its formation two years ago, Centervention has released four programs to help students improve social and emotional skills: Zoo U for grades 2 through 4, Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN for grades 3 through 5, Hall of Heroes for middle school, and Stories in Motion for students with Autism. With their recent NSF SBIR award, Centervention is developing an assessment and intervention for behavioral readiness for K-1 students. To learn more, visit Centervention.com and follow us on Twitter at @Centervention.