Pauline Dow
Chief Instructional Officer


  • Behavior
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Teacher workforce

Pauline Dow is the chief instructional officer for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, an urban school district of more than 67,000 preK-12 students. Prior to this she served as the chief academic officer for Austin ISD, a school district of 85,000 students. She was the associate superintendent for academics and chief academic officer in Ysleta ISD in El Paso, Texas, and in Canutillo ISD, she was the deputy superintendent. She has focused on establishing meaningful standards of excellence, strengthening school-community partnerships and a culture of collaboration at all levels. Much of her research, training and methodology were born and nurtured during her W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship from 1995 to 1997. Dow’s research focuses on the achievement of students in dual language education programs and the policy implications of bilingual schooling. Her most recent publications include a book chapter, Education Policies: Standardized Testing, English Language Learners and Border Futures in “Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region,” published in 2012. She is a founding member of the Institute for Language and Education Policy.