Ziyu Zhou

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October 03, 2019 10:34 am

Ziyu Zhou joined All4Ed in August 2019 as a policy analyst and is responsible for analyzing data about state implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), informing policymakers at the national and the state levels, and helping improve equity under ESSA.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Zhou completed a year-long fellowship at Child Trends, a research organization focused exclusively on improving the lives of children and youth. She conducted research on “healthy school” policy in the K–12 education space, including school climate; inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students in schools; and trauma-sensitive practices. She also played a leading role in creating data visualizations in Tableau for the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) State School Health Policy Database. Ms. Zhou also worked for a youth program in Pittsburgh, PA, that aims to help students of color and those from low-income families transition successfully from high school into higher education and meaningful careers. She gained hands-on experience working with youth and established a central database for the program.

Ms. Zhou holds a master’s degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Fudan University (Shanghai, China).

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Deborah Delisle

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February 01, 2019 09:26 am

Deborah S. Delisle is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school well prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship.

Prior to her current position with All4Ed, Delisle served as executive director and CEO of ASCD, a professional community of more than 120,000 education professionals around the world. She also served as U.S. assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. During that time, she played a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting prekindergarten, elementary and secondary education, and oversaw eighty-six programs with a portfolio of nearly $26 billion.

During Delisle’s more than forty years in education, she has served in a variety of roles at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to her role at the U.S. Department of Education, Delisle was a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) where she worked to enhance educator performance systems and create transformative school and district cultures. She also served as Ohio’s thirty-fifth state superintendent of public instruction and was the superintendent of the Cleveland Heights–University Heights (Ohio) City School District. Delisle has served on several education-related boards and received numerous honors, including having a school named after her in honor of her lifetime of service to students. In July 2014 she was identified by the National Journal as one of five women in America who influence and shape national education policy.

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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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Leslie Cornfeld

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February 01, 2018 12:26 pm

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

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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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

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

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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Caroline Hendrie

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January 27, 2017 11:21 am

Caroline Hendrie is executive director of the Education Writers Association, the national professional organization for members of the news media who cover education. She leads strategy, development and programming for the nonprofit organization in support of its mission to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public.

Ms. Hendrie was an award-winning education journalist for more than two decades, with experience covering education from early learning through postsecondary schooling at the local, state, and national levels. From 1996 to 2010, Ms. Hendrie held various reporting and editing positions, including managing editor at Education Week. Ms. Hendrie started at daily newspapers in Connecticut and spent seven years as state education writer and editor at The Record, a daily newspaper based in Bergen County, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

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