Wood-Garnett Hired to Lead Alliance’s Policy and Advocacy Work on Standards, Assessments, and Deeper Learning
WASHINGTON, DC – The Alliance for Excellent Education today announced the hiring of Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett as vice president of policy and advocacy. Wood-Garnett will lead the Alliance’s work on standards, assessments, and deeper learning and comes to the Alliance after leadership roles with the New York State Education Department; Bellevue School District in Washington state; University of Washington; Washington, DC’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education; and NewSchools Venture Fund.
“As states continue to refine and implement academic standards and assessments that are aligned with college- and career-ready standards, the Alliance is thrilled to have Dr. Wood Garnett’s extensive on-the-ground and policymaking experience in providing teachers and school leaders with the support they need to help students meet higher standards,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “As an accomplished leader at the national, state, and local levels and a champion for educational equity, Dr. Wood-Garnett is the perfect person to lead the Alliance’s work in these areas to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and other deeper learning skills necessary for success in today’s information-age economy.”
Prior to coming to the Alliance, Wood-Garnett worked as managing director of the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Learning to Teach Fund, where she identified, sourced, supported, and managed investments to transform teacher preparation in the United States, including implementation of the Common Core State Standards. From 2012 to 2014, Wood-Garnett served as assistant commissioner of teacher and leader effectiveness in the office of higher education at the New York State Education Department where she championed initiatives to improve collaboration between P–12 and higher education and led efforts to transform educator preparation in New York. Her portfolio also included state initiatives aimed at elevating the teaching profession, such as the State Teacher of the Year program, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and New York State’s Teacher Centers.
“For over a decade, the Alliance for Excellent Education has tirelessly advocated for policies designed to ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for college, a career, and life,” Wood-Garnett said. “Across the nation, educators are working to implement college- and career-ready standards to make this vision a reality and I am excited to join the Alliance in bridging the policy-to-practice gap in ways that respond to the challenges and opportunities that will ensure every student has choices.”
Wood-Garnett earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and women’s studies from Dartmouth College; a master of arts in higher education administration from the George Washington University; and a doctorate of education degree in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org