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Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors Elects Four New Members

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Alliance for Excellent Education’s Board of Directors Elects Four New Members

Three Hail from Education Sector, Fourth is Successful Business Leader

Four respected leaders from the nation’s education and business sectors – Fred Frelow, Steven M. Gluckstern, N. Gerry House, and Pedro Noguera – have been elected to the Governing Board of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Washington, D.C.-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. Three of the new members hold doctorates in education, and the fourth is a successful business entrepreneur. All four are highly-regarded champions in the campaign to improve education for all students.

“The breadth of their experience and the depth of their passion are going to be vital and valuable as the Alliance accelerates its work to achieve real change in America’s high schools,” said Dan Leeds, Chairman of the Board of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “They join a Board that is profoundly committed to ensuring that every child graduates from high school prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.”

As Director of Early College Initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, NJ, Frelow is responsible for managing the development of 14 Early College High Schools. He also served as Associate Director in the Working Communities Division of the Rockefeller Foundation and as Director of National Affairs and Associate Director of Urban Initiatives for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future at Teachers College, Columbia University, which is where he earned his doctorate in educational administration and policy analysis.

Gluckstern is a recently retired executive, entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and educator, based in New York City. A co-founder of the alternative asset management firm, Capital Z Partners, he also worked at Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group and at Lehman Brothers. Prior to his career in business, Gluckstern spent seven years as a teacher and private and public school administrator. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

House has been President and CEO of the Institute for Student Achievement, based in Lake Success, NY, since April 2000, after spending 15 years as a superintendent for schools in Memphis, TN, and Chapel Hill, NC. She also served as a teacher, junior and senior high school guidance counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent. Her awards and recognitions include Tennessee Superintendent of the Year, the Council of the Great City Schools’ Richard R. Green Award, and twice Executive Educator Magazine’s list of Top 100 Executives in Education. She has a doctorate in education administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University, and a bachelor’s degree in English education from North Carolina A. & T. State University.

Noguera is a professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and the Director of the Center for Research on Urban Schools and Globalization. From 2000-2003, he served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and for the previous ten years he was at the University of California, Berkeley, as a professor in the Graduate School of Education and as Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He has published over a hundred research articles, monographs, and research reports, and is the author of two books. Noguera was a K-12 classroom teacher for several years and continues to teach part-time in high schools. He earned his bachelor and master’s degrees from Brown University and his doctorate from University of California, Berkeley.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, D.C.-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

For more information about the Alliance, please visit: www.all4ed.com.

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