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Winsome Waite

Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy for Policy to Practice

Winsome Waite, PhD, joined the Alliance in July 2016 as senior director of policy and advocacy for standards, assessments, and deeper learning. In this role, she leads practitioner support activities to bridge federal policy to practice for the state, district, and school levels.

Previously, Dr. Waite was principal analyst and consultant at American Institutes for Research where she led various federally funded tasks on centers such as Regional Education Labs, Regional Comprehensive Centers, and National Content Centers. She has managed several state-and district-funded projects and tasks in school improvement, state systemic plan development, educator evaluation, and leadership development. She has partnered with state superintendents and commissioners, district superintendents and local school boards, and principals to design strategic plans and approaches, and has provided a wide range of technical assistance supports to ensure effective and sustained implementation efforts.

Dr. Waite has served in many instructional leadership roles in district-level K–12 education, mainly in the Maryland Public School System. She has had extensive leadership responsibilities for district and school improvement and teacher and leader development. Much of her work at the school district level has been around strategic planning, curriculum and instruction, leadership development, school improvement, assessment and data literacy, professional development, and implementation of innovations. Dr. Waite has also taught graduate school courses in curriculum leadership and content area reading.

Dr. Waite earned bachelor of arts degrees in elementary and early childhood education and a master’s degree in education in K–12 curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland. She also holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in education leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.


Winsome Waite is the author of:

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.