Catholic School Renaissance Institute (CSRI)

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Bio: Duncan McCrann

Duncan McCrann, Consultant for Charter School Growth

Duncan McCrann is, at heart, a classroom teacher. His love of teaching has driven all of his career experience in business, private education, and the charter school growth movement.

Duncan McCrann is the Founder and CEO of the Catholic School Renaissance Institute (CSRI)

The mission of CSRI is to advance the rejuvenation of urban, Catholic education by connecting the many highly effective organizations that are working separately in cities across America.

The goal is to promote communication among the teams of people working to preserve urban, Catholic education, using:

  • Communication
  • Network building
  • Convening

The Catholic School Renaissance Institute will also be a conservator of relevant research studies and best practices in the sector and will participate in research projects in the urban education sector.

A Passion for Urban Education, Character Growth and Faith Building

Having served as President and COO of KIPP Houston, CAO of OpenSky school networks, and Principal of the Hyde Woodstock School, Duncan McCrann developed a passion for urban education, character growth, and faith building. He is the Co-Founder of the Character Formation Project which provides character education to both public schools and faith-based schools. All of these career experiences in urban education and character education merge in the founding of the Catholic School Renaissance Institute.

More About Duncan McCrann

In his 20 years in the commercial real estate industry, Duncan McCrann invested his teaching skills in training, inspiring, and challenging business professionals. While serving as President and CEO of several fast-growing real estate construction companies, Duncan McCrann built executive teams, led strategic planning, and oversaw business operations in construction, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources, and investment management.

Duncan McCrann was a founding contributor at the MIT Center for Real Estate and lectured there in Entrepreneurial Management. The call to teach compelled him to embark on a new adventure — in private education — as a founding team member of the Hyde/Woodstock School, a high school for struggling teenagers. At Hyde, he taught chemistry, humanities, and coached JV women's basketball. He soon became the Head of School with complete bottom line responsibility for the cultural, academic, and operational responsibility of the school.

Having answered the call in private education, Duncan McCrann then entered the public charter school movement as President and Chief Operating Officer of KIPP Houston, the fastest growing region in the 100-school KIPP network. KIPP Houston is engaged in a $600 million dollar, 43 school, 20,000 student expansion in the Houston metropolitan area. Mr. McCrann supervised all aspects of the growth plan while installing systems, procedures, and best practices in all operational departments of the home office. He also served as Head of High Schools for one year.

Inspired to make a larger contribution to the education reform movement, Duncan launched Duncan McCrann Consulting, a national consulting practice in charter school growth management and is now helping to scale high-performing Charter Management Organizations (CMOs) across the country.

Duncan McCrann Consulting for Charter School Growth Management

Duncan McCrann's Resume Highlights

Professional Experience

Founder and CEO, Catholic School
Renaissance Institute (CSRI)

President and COO
KIPP Houston, TX

CAO, OpenSky School Networks

Headmaster, Hyde School
Woodstock, CT and Bath, ME

Business Entrepreneur in
Real Estate Development


BA, Social Relations
Harvard University, MA

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