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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Natalie Hedden

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February 01, 2018 01:47 pm

Natalie Hedden joined All4Ed in January 2018 as a policy and advocacy intern. She is currently a senior pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in psychology at American University.

Prior to joining All4ed, Ms. Hedden interned at the Democratic Governors Association researching potential donor opportunities and organizing campaign events. Most recently, during the summer of 2017, she worked with attorneys to analyze evidence and prepare for trial at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

In her sophomore year at American University, Ms. Hedden developed an extracurricular study program for high-achieving high school students from low-income families in Washington, DC, to prepare them for standardized tests and Advanced Placement courses.

Ms. Hedden is excited to pursue a master of public policy (MPP) degree at American University focused on education policy so that one day, every student is guaranteed to receive an equitable and excellent education.

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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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Adanech Makey

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October 05, 2017 04:28 pm

Adanech Makey joined the Alliance in September 2017 as a policy and advocacy intern. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies and psychology at Howard University.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Makey worked in the Highline School District in Washington state, where she served as a secondary tutor in various high schools throughout the district. Most recently, during the summer of 2017, Ms. Makey taught the Wing Luke Museum’s curriculum “Honoring Our Journey” to middle school students. Through “Honoring Our Journey” and metacognitive lessons, she taught underserved students about the importance of shaping their identities and sharing their stories.

Ms. Makey is interested in learning how psychological approaches can be used to impact education policies and practices to benefit underserved students.

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Hans Hermann

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September 25, 2017 11:12 am

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Hans Hermann joined the Alliance in August 2017 as a policy and advocacy intern. He is supporting the Alliance’s work around the science of adolescent learning, particularly focusing on how research from this area can inform the work of policymakers and practitioners at the district and school levels. Mr. Hermann supports various other projects around implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act and college and career readiness.

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 coming to the Alliance, Mr. Hermann was a policy and research intern at the Learning Policy Institute in its Palo Alto 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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Ronda Ford-Howard

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May 01, 2017 12:35 pm

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Ronda Ford-Howard rejoined the Alliance in January 2016 as office assistant. Previously, Ms. Ford-Howard was an x-ray technician at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital and SMART Pain Surgery Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to that, she worked at the Alliance from 2003–2010. Ms. Ford-Howard holds an associate’s degree in applied science from FORTIS.

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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 the Alliance 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 the Alliance, 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 the Alliance 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 the Alliance, 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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