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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Shayna Levitan

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October 05, 2017 04:12 pm

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Shayna Levitan joined the Alliance as a policy and advocacy intern in September 2017. She is a junior at American University majoring in law and society with a minor in education and a certificate in leadership and ethics.

Originally from outside of Boston, Ms. Levitan has spent her summers interning in the northeast. During summer of 2017, she was at Steps to Success Brookline, a local community-based organization that provides wraparound services for students in public housing. Previously, Ms. Levitan interned at Mass Insight Education, where she conducted and presented research on, as well as drafted state legislation for, the equitable and transparent acceptance of an Advanced Placement (AP) score of a 3, 4, or 5 across all Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

 

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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

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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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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Caroline Hendrie

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January 27, 2017 11:21 am

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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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Nikki McKinney

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January 26, 2017 02:34 pm

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Nikki McKinney joined the Alliance in January 2017 as director of policy development and federal government relations. In this role, she promotes the Alliance’s priorities before policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. Department of Education.

Before coming to the Alliance, Ms. McKinney served as deputy assistant secretary for congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). While there, she worked on issues related to the employment of school-aged youth, including children of immigrants, programs designed to address the educational and workforce needs of court-involved juveniles, and expanding the number of apprenticeship opportunities.

Prior to joining DOL, Ms. McKinney worked as a legislative assistant for Senator Susan M. Collins. She is a teacher by training, having taught high school social studies in public schools in Delaware and Virginia. Ms. McKinney earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science education from the University of Delaware and a master of arts degree in education policy studies from the George Washington University.

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