We came together for a common purpose.

We are committed to putting learners at the center.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to accelerate the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement in the United States by:

Finding and encouraging learner-centered pioneers who are already at work in communities, school systems, policy arenas, and the education profession, so as to grow the number of active champions of learner-centered education.

Bringing diverse movement pioneers together who wouldn’t otherwise engage with one another and creating the conditions for their effective collaboration and innovation.

Sharing the possibility of learner-centered education with a broad spectrum of education stakeholder groups, so as to attract new pioneers and to grow support for pioneering efforts.

Our Story

We gathered together, no two of us in agreement, because we believed it was time for a new conversation about education. We knew it was time to stop debating how to fix the system and start imagining a new system. We emerged united behind a transformational vision for the future of learning.

Our advisory board is committed to bringing the vision alive.

Victoria Able

Learner

City Neighbors High School

Sig Behrens

General Manager of Global Education

Stratasys

Dana Brinson

Learning Differences Programme Officer

Oak Foundation

Eric Brown

Executive Committee Member

National Education Association

Sam Chaltain

Partner Strategic Communications

WONDER

Jenny Poon

Fellow

Center for Innovation in Education

Rehan Dawer

Founder

Ethica Global Alliance

Nick Donohue

President and CEO

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Maddie Fennell

Executive Director

Nebraska State Education Association

Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent

Dallas Independent School District, TX

Gisèle Huff

Executive Director

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

John Jackson

President and CEO

The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Kushal Kadakia

Angier B. Duke Scholar

Duke University

Jim Koshland

Partner

DLA Piper US LLP

Bobbi Macdonald

Executive Director

City Neighbors Foundation, Inc.

Marc Porter Magee

CEO and Founder

50CAN

Peter McWalters

Former Commissioner Elementary and Secondary Education

Rhode Island Department of Education

Robert O’Brien

Principal

New York City Public Schools

Stacy Parker-Fisher

Director of the Learning Differences Programme

Oak Foundation

Judy Peppler

President and CEO

KnowledgeWorks

Becky Pringle

Vice President

National Education Association

Sharon Robinson

President and CEO

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Stephen Robinson

Superintendent, Bilingual Schools

Canon for Education, Episcopal Diocese of Honduras

Tom Sayer

Head of Global Adoption Programs

Google for Education

Shruti Sehra

Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds

New Profit

Robert Sherman

Consultant, Social and Emotional Learning

Lee-Ann Stephens

Educator

St. Louis Park School District

Marques Stewart

Principal

Atlanta Public Schools

Stephan Turnipseed

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Destination Imagination

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Johnny Veselka

Executive Director

Texas Association of School Administrators

Jeff Weissglass

Former President, Board of Education

Oak Park and River Forest High School, IL

Lara Knight Wheatley

Former School Leader

KIPP Houston High School

Mark Wilding

Executive Director

PassageWorks Institute

John Wright

Director of Strategy

National Education Association

Victoria Able

Learner

City Neighbors High School

Sig Behrens

General Manager of Global Education

Stratasys

Dana Brinson

Learning Differences Programme Officer

Oak Foundation

Eric Brown

Executive Committee Member

National Education Association

Sam Chaltain

Partner Strategic Communications

WONDER

Jenny Poon

Fellow

Center for Innovation in Education

Rehan Dawer

Founder

Ethica Global Alliance

Nick Donohue

President and CEO

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Maddie Fennell

Executive Director

Nebraska State Education Association

Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent

Dallas Independent School District, TX

Gisèle Huff

Executive Director

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

John Jackson

President and CEO

The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Kushal Kadakia

Angier B. Duke Scholar

Duke University

Jim Koshland

Partner

DLA Piper US LLP

Bobbi Macdonald

Executive Director

City Neighbors Foundation, Inc.

Marc Porter Magee

CEO and Founder

50CAN

Peter McWalters

Former Commissioner Elementary and Secondary Education

Rhode Island Department of Education

Robert O’Brien

Principal

New York City Public Schools

Stacy Parker-Fisher

Director of the Learning Differences Programme

Oak Foundation

Judy Peppler

President and CEO

KnowledgeWorks

Becky Pringle

Vice President

National Education Association

Sharon Robinson

President and CEO

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Stephen Robinson

Superintendent, Bilingual Schools

Canon for Education, Episcopal Diocese of Honduras

Tom Sayer

Head of Global Adoption Programs

Google for Education

Shruti Sehra

Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds

New Profit

Robert Sherman

Consultant, Social and Emotional Learning

Lee-Ann Stephens

Educator

St. Louis Park School District

Marques Stewart

Principal

Atlanta Public Schools

Stephan Turnipseed

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Destination Imagination

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Johnny Veselka

Executive Director

Texas Association of School Administrators

Jeff Weissglass

Former President, Board of Education

Oak Park and River Forest High School, IL

Lara Knight Wheatley

Former School Leader

KIPP Houston High School

Mark Wilding

Executive Director

PassageWorks Institute

John Wright

Director of Strategy

National Education Association

Victoria Able

Learner

City Neighbors High School

Last year, Victoria served as Delegate of the 10th grade student body and is on the Board of Directors of City Neighbors High School. Victoria was in the Talent Show and coffee house where she preformed her poetry. She's also served on the Principal Hiring Committee of CNHS. Victoria is currently in Best Buddies where she's a friend to a student at CNHS who may have difficulties creating friendships due to their disabilities.

Sig Behrens

General Manager of Global Education

Stratasys

Sig Behrens is the General Manager for Global Education of Stratasys. Previously, Sig was the general manager for the U.S. Education business at Microsoft Corp. where he was responsible for supporting K–12 and higher education groups across the United States. He also oversaw Microsoft’s U.S. Partners in Learning program. Sig has also led the U.S. Public Sector Dynamics team and worked with the Department of Transportation the Air Force business.

Dana Brinson

Learning Differences Programme Officer

Oak Foundation

Dana Brinson joined Oak Foundation as a Programme Officer with Oak’s Learning Differences Programme in February 2013. She came to Oak after more than five years with Public Impact, an education research and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill. As a Senior Consultant, she primarily focused on educational philanthropy; vulnerable, underserved and special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools.

Eric Brown

Executive Committee Member

National Education Association

Eric Brown was elected to the National Education Association’s (NEA) Executive Committee in July 2015 for a three-year term.

Eric has taught biology at Evanston Township High School District 202 in Evanston, Illinois for 16 years and is currently a teacher leader, helping to implement Student Learning Objectives (SLO) in his district.




Sam Chaltain

Partner Strategic Communications

WONDER

Sam Chaltain is a partner at WONDER, a global design studio that helps schools and communities reimagine the future of learning at the intersection of space, culture, and story. Previously, Sam was the National Director of the Forum for Education & Democracy and the founding director of the Five Freedoms Project. He was also the co-director of the First Amendment Schools program and a high school teacher in New City Public Schools. Sam is also the author or co-author of six books.

Jenny Poon

Fellow

Center for Innovation in Education

Jenny’s mission is to impact social justice by modernizing the public education system to be more responsive to the needs of all learners, especially those most historically under-served. Currently, Jenny is consulting on projects of interest while serving as Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) Fellow. As a Fellow, Jenny supports sense-making for CIE’s Assessment for Learning Project.

Rehan Dawer

Founder

Ethica Global Alliance

Rehan is the founder of Ethica Global Alliance. His commitment to creating tangible values led him to also build ValueBridge International. His personal entrepreneurial ventures include: Guidance Financial Group, Buttonwood Financial, and Novastar Education Group. During his 23-year professional career, he served in executive roles with Morgan Stanley, American Express and Bank of America.

Nick Donohue

President and CEO

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Nick is President and CEO of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. Previously, Nick was a Special Master at Hope High School in Providence, Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Education in New Hampshire, and a trustee of the University System of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Community Technical College System.

Maddie Fennell

Executive Director

Nebraska State Education Association

Maddie is the Executive Director of Nebraska State Education Association. She also serves as Secretary of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. In 2016 she was on special assignment to the National Education Association as a Teacher Fellow. In 2007, she was honored as the Nebraska Teacher of the Year and with the Carol Stowe Humanitarian Award from the National Education Association. She was an elementary teacher in the Omaha Public Schools for 27 years.

Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent

Dallas Independent School District, TX

Dr. Michael Hinojosa currently serves as the superintendent of Dallas ISD. He has served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems and was named 2002 Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards and 2005 Superintendent of the Year by the University of Texas at Austin.

Gisèle Huff

Executive Director

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

Gisèle Huff is the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation. She earned a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University and has taught at Golden Gate University, San Francisco University High School, and Dominican College.


She currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and is a board member for iNACOL, The Learning Accelerator, and Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy.

John Jackson

President and CEO

The Schott Foundation for Public Education

Dr. John H. Jackson is the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. Previously, John served in leadership roles with the NAACP, served as an Adjunct Professor of Race, Gender, and Public Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, and served in William Jefferson Clinton’s administration as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Kushal Kadakia

Angier B. Duke Scholar

Duke University

Kushal Kadakia is an Angier B. Duke Scholar studying biology, global health, and public policy at Duke University. He is a research assistant in the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, has won an independent Bass Connections grant to study neglected diseases, and created an innovation database for the World Health Organization. Additionally, he is the Chief-of-Staff for Duke Student Government and the Vice Chair of the Duke Honor Council.

Jim Koshland

Partner

DLA Piper US LLP

Jim Koshland has been a partner at DLA Piper US LLP law firm since 1983, focusing on corporate law matters. He currently sits on the Boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish World Service, Jewish Senior Living Group, Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco, the Koshland Foundation, Opportunity Fund, Reboot, San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and the Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life and is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation.

Bobbi Macdonald

Executive Director

City Neighbors Foundation, Inc.

Bobbi MacDonald is the Executive Director of the City Neighbors Foundation. Bobbi Macdonald also serves on the Board of Directors of Hamilton Bank and the Maryland Charter School Network and is a founding member of the Coalition for Baltimore Charter Schools and the Baltimore Education Coalition. Bobbi was recently selected by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as one of 16 leaders from across the country for the 2013-2014 Children and Family Fellowship.

Marc Porter Magee

CEO and Founder

50CAN

Marc Porter Magee is President and Founder of 50CAN. Previously, Marc has served as Chief Operating Officer at ConnCAN, research director of the Partnership for Public Service, founding director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civic Enterprise, and as a contributing editor of the policy journal Blueprint.

Peter McWalters

Former Commissioner Elementary and Secondary Education

Rhode Island Department of Education

Peter McWalters joined the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) leadership team after his 17-year stint as the Rhode Island commissioner of elementary and secondary education. A lifelong educator, Peter began his career as a teacher of English as a second language in the Rochester, New York public schools. For over 20 years, he held educational leadership and teaching positions, including superintendent of schools in the City School District of Rochester, New York.

Robert O’Brien

Principal

New York City Public Schools

Robert K. O’Brien has been Principal of P.S. 75, The Emily Dickinson School in Manhattan since 1997. He was recognized by Manhattan Media as Principal of the Year in 2008 and honored by Advocates for Children in 2004. He was named a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in 2005. Robert has served as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, staff developer, Special Education Administrator, Assistant Principal, and Principal within the New York City Department of Education.

Stacy Parker-Fisher

Director of the Learning Differences Programme

Oak Foundation

Stacy Parker-Fisher joined Oak Foundation in May of 2009. She has been a teacher for students with learning differences for 13 years, a pediatric faculty member at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, consultant to Chicago and St. Louis public schools and an international educational consultant prior to joining Oak Foundation.

Judy Peppler

President and CEO

KnowledgeWorks

Judy Peppler is President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks. Judy is a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy and is the former Chief Transformation Officer for Wake County Public Schools. She previously served as the state president for Qwest Communications in Oregon and worked in the telecommunications industry for more 23 years.

Becky Pringle

Vice President

National Education Association

Becky Pringle is Vice President of the National Education Association and has 31 years of classroom experience. Becky most recently served as NEA Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, she has served on the Board of Directors for NEA and the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). She is an honored recipient of multiple leadership awards from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, and American Association of University Women.

Sharon Robinson

President and CEO

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., has served as AACTE's president and CEO since 2005. Sharon was formerly president at the Educational Policy Leadership Institute of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Before joining ETS, Sharon was assistant secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (now the Institute of Education Sciences). She has also held a variety of leadership positions at the NEA.

Stephen Robinson

Superintendent, Bilingual Schools

Canon for Education, Episcopal Diocese of Honduras

Steve currently serves as the Superintendent of Bilingual Schools and Canon for Education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. He also maintains advisory and board roles with several organizations promoting opportunities to connect the world through education.

Prior to moving to Honduras, he was the President of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and served in leadership positions in multiple Oklahoma higher education institutions.



Tom Sayer

Head of Global Adoption Programs

Google for Education

Tom Sayer is currently the Head of Global Adoption Programs at Google for Education. Tom got committed to learner centered education when he realized we were losing so much potential in every single child by treating them as averages. His previous experiences in education and beyond include being a School Transformation and Change Management Program Manager at Google for Education, the Board Chair at Room to Talk, and an Intelligence Officer for the British Army.

Shruti Sehra

Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds

New Profit

Shruti is a Managing Partner at New Profit, where she co-leads both the Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds. Prior to that, she led New Profit's portfolio management practice. Shruti currently serves on the boards of ANet, New Teacher Center, and Peace First. Before joining New Profit, Shruti spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer at Honeywell and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings and Jabil Circuit.

Robert Sherman

Consultant, Social and Emotional Learning

Robert Sherman is a consultant for social and emotional learning. He formerly served as director of the Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation. Prior to NoVo, Robert served as Executive Director of the Action Center to End World Hunger, founded and directed the national Effective Citizenry program at the Surdna Foundation in New York City, served in New York City government for 8 years.

Lee-Ann Stephens

Educator

St. Louis Park School District

Lee-Ann Stephens has been an educator for 28 years and was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. She currently serves as an educator on special assignment with the St. Louis Park School District in Minnesota. She serves Latino and African American high school students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and honors classes. She previously served as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University and she served on Minnesota’s Board of Teaching.

Marques Stewart

Principal

Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. Marques Stewart is a Turnaround Specialist and Principal for Atlantic Public Schools. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Education and Leadership from the University of Missouri in 2015. Marques began his career in education in Alabama where he held various leadership roles. He relocated to Kansas City, MO in 2010 where he became a Turnaround Principal and, two years later, he joined the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan as a Turnaround-Principal in Detroit.

Stephan Turnipseed

Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Destination Imagination

Stephan Turnipseed is a veteran of the United States Air Force and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Destination Imagination (DI). Stephan previously served as President of LEGO® Education North America; later serving as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO® Education.

He holds two patents for the TETRIX robotic system and is the recipient of the National Instruments Engineering Impact Award for STEM Innovation.



Marla Ucelli-Kashyap

Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

American Federation of Teachers

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap is Assistant to the President for Educational Issues at the American Federation of Teachers. Previously, she was Director of District Redesign and Leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University and a senior program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation. Marla has also been an independent consultant in education policy, a political press secretary, and a reporter.

Johnny Veselka

Executive Director

Texas Association of School Administrators

Dr. Johnny L. Veselka has served as executive director of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) since 1986. Prior to joining the TASA staff in 1974, Johnny was a classroom teacher in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio.

Jeff Weissglass

Former President, Board of Education

Oak Park and River Forest High School, IL

Jeff Weissglass is a political bridge-builder and education advocate. Former President of the Board of Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, Jeff served on the Leadership Council of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and chairs the National Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Lara Knight Wheatley

Former School Leader

KIPP Houston High School

Lara Knight Wheatley was a founding teacher at Sacramento High School and also served as Principal and Recruitment and Selection Manager. In 2008, she joined the KIPP School Leadership Program Team and became the Director of the Principal Prep Program. Three years later, she joined the KIPP Houston High School staff as the School Leader.

Mark Wilding

Executive Director

PassageWorks Institute

Mark Wilding is the Co-Executive Director of PassageWorks. Before joining PassageWorks, Mark was a staff and faculty member of Naropa University where he continues to teach graduate courses. Mark founded and directed Naropa’s professional development center for leadership and organizational development. He is currently a member of the national Leadership Council for Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute and a board member of the Mackintosh Academy in Colorado.

John Wright

Director of Strategy

National Education Association

John Wright is the Director of Strategy for the National Education Association. Wright spent the majority of his teaching career in the Window Rock school district on the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona where he also served as NEA local association president. Wright served in various leadership roles within the Arizona education network and has been serving in various roles with the NEA since 2010.

Our staff helps the vision take hold by supporting learner-centered pioneers.

Kelly Young

Executive Director

Trace Pickering

Associate Director of Practitioner Engagement and Learning

Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building

Monica Snellings

Communications and Design Lead

Demi Edwards

Chief of Staff

Susan Stancampiano

Operations Associate

Paul Haluszczak

Communications Associate

Lindsy Ogawa

Research and Outreach Associate

Celine Pierre-Louis

Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

Neel Pujar

Fellow

Kelly Young

Executive Director

Kelly Young is the Executive Director of Education Reimagined. Previously, she served as the Interim Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). From 1998-2007, Kelly served as the Executive Director of a national political organization. She is the mother of two young children and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.

Trace Pickering

Associate Director of Practitioner Engagement and Learning

As Associate Director of Practitioner Engagement and Learning, Dr. Pickering is responsible for growing and nurturing the emerging community of practitioner pioneers across the country. Prior to joining Education Reimagined, Dr. Pickering was the Associate Superintendent for Innovation in the Cedar Rapids Community School District (IA) serving 16,500 students. Dr. Pickering is one of the co-creators of Iowa BIG, one of the first Pioneers and an XQ Super School winner.

Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building

Education Reimagined

As the Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building, Dr. Joshi Hansen will be helping build the ecosystem of partners needed to ensure educators pioneering learner-centered learning are supported in their efforts. Regardless of her role, Ulcca is guided by the principle of promoting and supporting student-centered learning experiences that celebrate and maximize the unique potential of every child.

Monica Snellings

Communications and Design Lead

Monica is Communications & Design Lead for Education Reimagined. Monica was previously studio director at a communications design firm in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she worked with government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the development of behavior, policy, and strategic communication materials. She recently completed a Masters in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2015.

Demi Edwards

Chief of Staff

Demi Edwards is the Chief of Staff for Education Reimagined. She is a recent magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where she double-majored in Government and Economics and minored in English. Demi has a passion for ensuring that all children receive an excellent education and is thrilled to be involved in re-imagining the system in which that can happen.

Susan Stancampiano

Operations Associate

Susan is the Operations Associate for Education Reimagined. Following graduation from the University of Oklahoma, she entered the Peace Corps where she served as a secondary school teacher in Malawi. She has a diverse background within the education field, having tutored literacy and ESL to elementary students and adults, working as an Operations Coordinator for Teach For America at their Institute in Atlanta, and working on a campaign with the NEA during her time as a field organizer.

Paul Haluszczak

Communications Associate

Paul is the Communications Associate for Education Reimagined. Originally from Missouri, Paul moved to Washington, DC to work as a Product Strategy Analyst for a private corporation. After spending a year in the analytical world, Paul started a personal website in order to build a writing portfolio. He wanted to involve himself in work that resonated with his past leadership experiences in college and Education Reimagined was the perfect fit.

Lindsy Ogawa

Research and Outreach Associate

Lindsy Ogawa is the Research and Outreach Associate for Education Reimagined at Convergence. After joining a teaching fellowship in Chicago, she worked as an educator for diverse learners that quickly sparked a deep desire to transform how the current education system approaches individualized educator and learner needs, strengths, and passions. Lindsy holds her M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and B.A. in English from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Celine Pierre-Louis

Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

Education Reimagined

Celine Pierre-Louis graduated from Elon University, with a major in International Studies and minors in Human Service Studies and History. While at Elon, Celine spent a semester circumnavigating the globe on Semester at Sea, where her classes and projects led her to connect with individuals from around the world which served to further her passion for people and empowering them to reach their best potential.

Neel Pujar

Fellow

Education Reimagined

In his role as an Education Reimagined Fellow, Neel provides mentorship, guidance, and support to inspire continued action and dialogue amongst the SparkHouse learner community. Prior, Neel served as the Poway Unified School District Student Board Member where he represented over 35,000 students to the Board of Education, District Leadership, and community. Before serving at the district level, Neel served in multiple School Site Councils and as a founding team member of Design39Campus.

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Our current funders include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Jaquelin Hume Foundation

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Oak Foundation

and individual donors

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