Stephanie Wood-Garnett, EdD, joined the Alliance in August 2015 as vice president of policy to practice (P2P).
Dr. Wood-Garnett is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in leading complex P–20 education reform initiatives and throughout her career, she has focused on establishing systems for programmatic changes at the local, state, and national levels that support and advance educational equity. Her previous roles include serving as managing director of the Learning to Teach fund at NewSchools Venture Fund and leading education strategy work for foundations and state departments of education. From 2012–14, she served as the assistant commissioner of teacher and leader effectiveness for the New York State Education Department’s Office of Higher Education where she led Race to the Top initiatives aimed at transforming teacher and leader preparation programs and strengthening P–20 collaboration. Under her leadership, New York implemented new certification examinations aligned with the CCSS for teachers and leaders, invested $19 million in clinically-rich teacher preparation programs, and provided $11.5 million to support faculty professional development initiatives. Dr. Wood-Garnett’s portfolio also included state initiatives aimed at elevating the teaching profession such as the State Teacher of the Year program, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and New York State’s 125 Teacher Centers, a system supporting teacher voice in the design of local and regional professional development.
During her career, she has worked on teacher and principal evaluation systems in Washington state and New York; served as a school district leader in Washington state; directed three technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education; and taught and lectured graduate-level courses.
Dr. Wood-Garnett earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and women’s studies from Dartmouth College; a master of arts in higher education administration from the George Washington University; and a doctorate of education degree in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Paul, have four children and live in Arlington, VA.