Anne Hyslop

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August 10, 2018 04:41 pm

Anne Hyslop joined All4Ed in July 2018 and supports the organization’s work with state education leaders to build systems that promote equity and excellence for all students and with policymakers, advocates, and thought leaders to build better understanding of the implications of states’ policy choices in light of the changes and opportunities resulting from implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

For more than a decade, Ms. Hyslop has focused on creating effective, high-quality, and equity-oriented policies that will better serve students, emphasizing standards, assessment, accountability, and school turnaround. With experience at the state and federal levels, she has worked to drive change through policy analysis and research, writing, strategic consulting, and technical assistance. From 2014–2016, Ms. Hyslop was a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). In this role, she helped develop and implement the Obama administration’s K–12 policy priorities under ESEA Flexibility, supported the drafting of ESSA, and led ED’s efforts to write ESSA regulations and guidance for school accountability and innovative assessments. Through her past work for Chiefs for Change, Bellwether Education Partners, New America, and Education Sector, she provided technical assistance to state policymakers, advised clients, conducted research, and wrote extensively on school accountability systems, high school exit exams, Common Core implementation, and college and career readiness. Her work and commentary have been featured in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Slate, Education Week, The 74, and Politico.

Prior to her time in Washington, DC, Ms. Hyslop worked in state government, developing early childhood policy for the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and helped design and manage Virginia’s quality rating and improvement system and other efforts to promote school readiness and access to high-quality preschool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.

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Karen Schofield-Leca

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July 02, 2018 09:39 am

Karen Schofield-Leca joined All4Ed in April 2018 as director of foundation relations. In this role, she specializes in building partnerships with emphasis on program funding from private and corporate foundations, donor stewardship, and endowment. Ms. Schofield-Leca brings more than twenty years of experience in program development, fundraising, and marketing, having provided strategic leadership to a variety of nonprofits and businesses, including Internet Society, Salzburg Global Seminar, American Association of University Women’s Leadership and Training Institute, Center for Studying Health System Change, Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Washington Ethical Society, and Washington Revels (a performing arts community).

Ms. Schofield-Leca earned her BA degree from American University in international relations and economics and did graduate work and field study at Clark University with a focus on international development and social change. Her experience overseas includes work in Jamaica, Mozambique, and Kenya, where she developed and led community education campaigns, capacity-building initiatives, and USAID-funded participatory research. Ms. Schofield-Leca is attuned to the needs of diverse populations and strategies for involving stakeholders and building strong coalitions. A strong advocate for leadership development and institutional partnerships, she has advised various boards of directors and currently serves as chair of the development committee on the board of Washington Revels.

Ms. Schofield-Leca has been soliciting donations since she was old enough to trick-or-treat for UNICEF as a toddler. Ever since, she has been raising funds for programs she has directed as well as evaluating the mission relevance of potential funding sources. Through experience focused on community development and capacity building, Ms. Schofield-Leca has cultivated three attributes she believes are especially valuable: broad community development experience, strategic management skills, and a track record of successful fundraising.

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Ntombikayise Gladwin Gilman

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February 01, 2018 02:26 pm

Ntombikayise Gladwin Gilman (Gladwin) joined All4Ed in January 2018 as a policy and advocacy intern. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable development at the School for International Training Graduate Institute with a focus on monitoring, evaluation, and learning in international education development programming.

Ms. Gilman was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to the United States to attend high school in Stevenson, Maryland. She recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA degree in international relations and human geography, where she focused on sub-Saharan migration and sustainable development initiatives in education, labor rights, and gender.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Gilman interned for the research and strategic initiative department in the American Federation of Teachers where she compiled and analyzed more than 1,300 survey responses for a report on international teacher migration published by Education International. During the spring of 2016, Ms. Gilman worked as an education intern with GMMB where she supported education accounts for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Aspen Institute. She previously interned with the Solidarity Center, Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute, Vital Voice, and the Global Fairness Initiative.

Ms. Gilman is interested in international comparisons, inclusive education, and education as a tool for sustainable development.

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Leslie Cornfeld

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February 01, 2018 12:26 pm

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Leslie Cornfeld has devoted her career to advancing opportunity equity for the nation’s underserved populations through their schools, communities, justice systems, and unconventional allies with a focus on cities as agents of change. Most recently, she served in the Obama administration as special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education overseeing public-private partnerships advancing education equity for the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. Prior to that, Ms. Cornfeld served for two terms as an advisor for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the areas of child welfare and safety, education and civic engagement, and was previously a federal prosecutor. She has been nationally recognized for designing and leading high profile, cross-sector efforts to tackle pressing social and community challenges.

Beginning with her work for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan in Washington, DC, Ms. Cornfeld established a track record of impact in a variety of areas, targeting vulnerable populations. A Washington Post editorial praised the effort she led in New York City addressing disengaged, chronically absent youth as “an example of what’s possible,” and the U.S. Conference of Mayors similarly praised that effort as a “model for other cities.”

As a federal civil rights prosecutor, Ms. Cornfeld led a series of high-profile public corruption, police abuse, and human trafficking cases resulting in her twice receiving the U.S. Attorney General’s Director’s Award for outstanding performance. Prior to that she was appointed Deputy Chief Counsel of the NYC Commission to Investigate Alleged Police Corruption (the “Mollen Commission”) where she helped develop and lead investigations of alleged police corruption, brutality, and system failures, which resulted in NYC’s creation of a permanent police oversight commission. She was a litigation associate at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval, SDNY (now U.S. 2nd Circuit).

Ms. Cornfeld has served as trustee for a number of nonprofit and other boards, including the Children’s Defense Fund for more than a decade, the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior, the Dalton School, Hospital for Special Surgery, and is founder of a public speaking and advocacy program for East Harlem girls, Girls Speak!, where she continues to serve as a coach and mentor to a six-year cohort of young women.

Articles written by Ms. Cornfeld have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek magazine, NY Law Journal, and Huffington Post. Her media appearances include national news shows on NBC, ABC, PBS, and others in the areas of civic engagement, education, and policing.

Ms. Cornfeld is a proud graduate of the Florida public school system. She graduated from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School.

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Roberto J. Rodríguez

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December 18, 2017 10:17 am

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Roberto J. Rodríguez is president and chief executive officer of Teach Plus. He spearheads the organization’s work to grow and strengthen the teacher leadership movement by developing and advancing teachers as leaders in education policy and practice, and by supporting their contribution to educational innovation and change in classrooms and schools.

Mr. Rodríguez has dedicated his career to advancing equity, access, and excellence in education. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in education policy and governance, and for his leadership in building multi-sector partnerships with schools, families, and communities to improve educational opportunities for all children. He is devoted to the principle that all students deserve a complete and competitive education that prepares them for college, a career, and lifelong success.

Mr. Rodríguez served in senior roles in the U. S. Senate and in the White House. From 2009 to 2017, he developed and led President Obama’s education initiatives to build systemic change and improve opportunity and outcomes across the educational continuum. His efforts as deputy assistant to the president for education led to an increase of tens of thousands of additional children enrolled in early education; new partnerships to better personalize and redesign the high school experience to meet individual needs of students; creation of a new, national focus on excellence in STEM education; and an expansion of the Pell Grant to boost participation in higher education. Under his leadership, support for higher academic standards, enhanced teacher development and advancement, and deeper investment in America’s schools ultimately led to the enactment by the U.S. Congress of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

Prior to his service in the White House, Mr. Rodríguez spent eight years as principal education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. In the Senate, Mr. Rodríguez led successful bipartisan efforts that resulted in the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Head Start Act of 2007. Mr. Rodríguez began his professional career in Washington, DC, at the National Council of La Raza, where he directed research and policy analysis of federal and state education issues.

Mr. Rodríguez holds a presidential appointment to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. His numerous distinguished awards include the National Champion for Children Award from First Focus, and the Head Start Windows of Opportunity Award from the National Head Start Association. Mr. Rodríguez holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an EdM degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Read more about Mr. Rodríguez in the Education Post and on The 74.

 

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Hans Hermann

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September 25, 2017 11:12 am

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Hans Hermann joined All4Ed in August 2017 as a policy and advocacy intern. In January 2018, he was hired full time as a policy and research assistant where he is responsible for the science of adolescent learning (SAL) work, collaborating with colleagues on SAL research and translating it for policymakers and educators.

From May 2014 to July 2015, Mr. Hermann worked as the national director for business development at AIESEC United States, the U.S. branch of AIESEC International, the world’s largest youth-led nonprofit organization. In the summer of 2016, he volunteered as a teacher in a government school for teenage mothers in Lima, Peru. Prior to joining All4Ed, Mr. Hermann was a policy and research intern at the Learning Policy Institute in its Palo Alto, California, office.

Mr. Hermann is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in learning sciences and educational policy, focusing on the impact of these areas on contemporary learning environments. He is interested in the impact of educational neuroscience and psychology in the classroom, teacher preparation models, and project-based learning environments.

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Avril A. Smart

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April 06, 2017 02:19 pm

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Avril A. Smart, PhD, joined All4Ed in March 2017 as research and engagement manager for Future Ready Schools® (FRS), for which she will provide leadership on the planning, design, and analysis of research that measures the impact of FRS. In addition, her work will explore the intersection between digital equity and personalized learning.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Dr. Smart was a research scholar at the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation where she specialized in research, evaluation, and policy analysis and worked on several mixed methods studies focused on innovations in teaching, learning, and leadership, including initiatives at the local school and district levels. Dr. Smart’s work also emphasized the role of for-profit and nonprofit educational service agencies that provide effective and complementary instructional support outside of school.

Dr. Smart holds memberships in several professional organizations, including American Evaluation Association, American Educational Research Association, Society for Community Research and Action, Association of Black Psychologists, and Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic and Minority Issues. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and master of science and PhD degrees in applied social and community psychology from North Carolina State University.

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Lindsay Dworkin

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February 23, 2017 02:30 pm

Lindsay Dworkin joined All4Ed in February 2017 as director of policy development and state government relations, where she supports states in their work to close achievement gaps and ensure that all children get the education they deserve and graduate from high school ready for college and a career. Ms. Dworkin is particularly focused on helping states understand the opportunities presented by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and implement the new law in ways that advance educational equity and excellence for all of students while reflecting local needs and priorities.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Dworkin served as deputy assistant secretary for outreach in the office of communications and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), where she led ED’s stakeholder engagement efforts and worked on the senior leadership team implementing ESSA. Before coming to Washington, DC, she was education policy advisor and legal counsel to Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D). In that role, she led efforts to develop and implement policies to improve the state’s education system from early childhood through postsecondary, including expanding access to college, reimagining leadership opportunities and compensation structures for educators, improving teacher preparation programs, and creating new career pathways in high schools throughout the state. Ms. Dworkin also oversaw legislative and stakeholder relations and coordinated the policy and communications teams at the Delaware Department of Education. Her skills in communicating simply and effectively about education policy are enhanced by her strong legal background, which has allowed her to effectively draft and analyze legislation and understand the best way for policymakers to approach issues.

Prior to working in Gov. Markell’s office, Ms. Dworkin was associate counsel at the University of Delaware and clerked for the Honorable Thomas Ambro on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She has a JD degree from the University of California, Berkeley; an MPA degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University; and a BA degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.

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Nancy L. Zimpher

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January 27, 2017 11:49 am

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In 2009, Nancy Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. At SUNY, Dr. Zimpher implemented sweeping reforms that ensure SUNY can provide broad access to higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic revitalization across the state.

Dr. Zimpher is active in numerous national education organizations, and is a renowned leader in the areas of teacher preparation, urban education, and university-community engagement. In addition to her role at SUNY, she has also served as chair of the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, the National Association of System Heads, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, and CEOs for Cities. As cofounder of StriveTogether, Dr. Zimpher has been instrumental in creating a national network of innovative partnerships that address challenges across the education pipeline.

Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at the Ohio State University. She has authored or coauthored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership, and school/university partnerships.

Dr. Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and speech, a master’s degree in English literature, and a PhD degree in teacher education and higher education administration, all from the Ohio State University.

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DeRionne Pollard

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January 27, 2017 11:37 am

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In 2010, DeRionne Pollard assumed leadership of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 60,000 credit and noncredit students, and spearheaded the development of a new Montgomery College mission and strategic plan. Dr. Pollard has partnered actively with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove in the creation of Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES), a support program designed to help students transition from high school to college completion. The program now has 1,700 students enrolled. Montgomery College is now a member of Achieving the Dream network, a non-governmental reform movement for student success at community colleges.

Dr. Pollard formerly served as president of Las Positas College in Livermore, California. She served on the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and the Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development. Dr. Pollard is a member of the Community College Advisory Panel at the College Board and the Higher Education Research and Development Institute Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Closer to home, she serves on the board of Montgomery County Business Development Corporation, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Universities at Shady Grove, and Generation Hope. She was recently named one of Washington’s 100 Most Influential Women by Washingtonian Magazine, and was awarded a Visionary Award by the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Pollard received her PhD degree in educational leadership and policy studies in higher education from Loyola University Chicago and her MA and BA degrees in English from Iowa State University. She has been honored by Leadership Montgomery, The Daily Record, Bethesda Magazine, and the Washington Business Journal.

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