As superintendent of Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dr. Lamar Goree has turned the tide for a district he entered amid an academic and equity crisis. In 2013, Goree faced a looming state takeover of 10 chronically failing schools, a system with declining finances and staff who hadn't seen a raise in six years. His first task was to establish the Transformation Zone, a model designed to turn around underperforming schools and improve climate and culture. The Zone quickly became a national model for academic growth in high-poverty communities and is the subject of a case study underway by the University of Virginia. Additionally, Goree was able to reallocate current resources to provide employee raises. Under Goree's leadership, Caddo has garnered attention for its growth in ACT performance, students earning National Merit honors, and students entering colleges and universities with large numbers of credits.