Faculty & Staff

Roger Harris , PhD

  • Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development
  • Telephone: 617-287-7601
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall,01,0077S

Additional Information

Roger F. Harris has devoted 36 years working with youth in Boston’s public schools.  He presently serves as the Superintendent, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School, the largest charter school in the city of Boston. Dr. Harris is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association. He is the former Principal of the two-time National Blue Ribbon Award winning Timilty Middle School. He is co-founder of the award-winning Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and President of Urban School Specialists, LLC, and Executive Producer of “It Takes a Village” an educational video series aired on the Boston Neighborhood Network’s cable channel. Dr. Harris has worked in traditional Boston public high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools as a classroom teacher, athletic coach, mentor, dean, and principal, earning national and international recognition as an outstanding urban educator. Dr. Harris has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, and is presently an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

He has served for over ten years as a mentor principal to the Harvard Principal Certification Pattern at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has been the recipient of numerous civic and community awards, including the 2000 United States Department of Education’s John Stanford Education Heroes Award, the 2001 Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association’s Principal of the Year Award, and the 2001 U. S. Department of Education’s National Distinguished Principal Award. Dr. Harris sits on a number of local Boards and the C-5 Youth Foundation’s National Advisory Board (formerly Camp Coca-Cola).

His success with urban schools extends beyond our shores and has attracted the attention of educators in Sweden, where he has been a frequently invited speaker addressing the following issues: 1. Motivating and Successfully Educating Urban Students. 2. Building Effective Educational Teacher Teams 3. Establishing Successful School-Business/Community Partnerships and 4. Developing Strong Home & School Relationships. Dr. Harris presented “Charter Schools in America” at the annual International Schools Connection (ISC) conference held in Madrid, Spain, and most recently returned from China where he served as a delegate to the Chinese Bridge for American Schools Program, a collaboration between the Chinese Hanban and the College Board.

Roger Harris was born and raised in the Roxbury section of Boston, attended the Boston Public Schools, served three years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps, including a thirteen month tour of duty with a combat unit in Vietnam.  He was a football standout at Boston University, where he earned “Most Valuable Backfield Player” and a Bachelors Degree. He received a Masters Degree from Boston State College, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Boston College, and is a member of the LeadBoston class of ‘97.  He is married to Cheryl Watson-Harris, Principal of the Maurice Tobin K-8 School in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury, and has seven children.