Facilitators

Learning Forward Staff

Fred Brown

Frederick Brown

Deputy Executive Director

Learning Forward

Prior to joining Learning Forward, Brown served as a senior program officer for the Wallace Foundation where he guided the work of several major grantees. Previously, Brown was director of the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), an organization whose mission was to identify, train, and support principals for the Chicago Public Schools….

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Stephanie Hirsh

Executive Director

Learning Forward

Hirsh has served as executive director for Learning Forward for ten years. She began her career as a secondary teacher and later served as a school district administrator in the Richardson (Texas) Independent School District. In 1996 she was elected to the Richardson school board and served for three terms. Hirsh advises policy makers and…

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Michelle Bowman

Michelle Bowman

Associate Director, Communities

Learning Forward

Michelle helps to coordinate Learning Forward’s communities of practice, supporting a network of districts committed to professional development redesign. She also supports the expansion of on-the-ground consulting to districts both large and small.

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Tracy Crow

Director of Communications

Learning Forward

Tracy Crow is director of communication for Learning Forward. In this position, Crow oversees the planning, creation, production, dissemination, and marketing of all Learning Forward products, including member newsletters, the association magazine, and books. As executive editor of the bimonthly magazine The Learning Professional, Crow works with authors and magazine staff to manage the day-to-day…

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Melinda George

Director of Policy and Partnerships

Learning Forward

Melinda leads Learning Forward’s national and state policy agenda as well as strategic partnerships to ensure collaboration and build support for great teaching and learning. Melinda George is Learning Forward’s Director of Policy and Partnerships. In this role, Melinda leads Learning Forward’s national and state policy agenda as well as building strategic partnerships to ensure…

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Elizabeth Foster

Associate Director, Standards/Research/Strategy

Learning Forward

Elizabeth works to promote the adoption and implementation of the Learning Forward standards for professional learning, better understand the impact of professional learning strategies, and contribute to policy and strategy approaches.

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Learning Forward Facilitators

John Eyolfson

District Science Coordinator

Cherry Creek Schools

John Eyolfson is the Coordinator of Science in the Cherry Creek School District located in Centennial, Colorado just outside of Denver. He spent 12 years in the classroom teaching chemistry and physics, during which time he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Over the past 13 years, he has designed…

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BSCS

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Jody Bintz

Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning

BSCS Science Learning

Jody Bintz, MA, is Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning with BSCS Science Learning. She works primarily in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional development. Bintz has designed and led a variety of programs to develop organizational leadership capacity and enhance the knowledge and skills of professional development leaders in various…

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Carnegie Corporation of New York

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Jim Short

Program Director, Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Jim Short is a program director within the Corporation’s Education program, where he manages the Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning portfolio. Mr. Short oversees grantmaking aimed at preparing and supporting teachers and school and system leaders for learning environments that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need for future success….

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CenterPoint

Bonnie-Hain

Bonnie Hain

Chief Academic Officer

CenterPoint

As the Chief Academic Officer at CenterPoint Education Solutions, Dr. Bonnie Hain oversees design and development of CenterPoint’s product and services to ensure they are of the highest quality and meet the needs of educators. She also works directly with districts and schools across the country to deliver high-quality professional learning on standards implementation, instruction,…

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Jim-Mirabelli

Jim Mirabelli

Senior Instructional Designer

CenterPoint

Jim Mirabelli has 20 years of experience as a mathematics teacher and department chair, state assessment specialist, and program associate for developing mathematics assessments. He is currently a Senior Instructional Designer at CenterPoint Education Solutions and serves as lead of the STEM team. In his current role, he oversees mathematics assessment development and leads professional…

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EdReports

Eric Hirsch

Eric Hirsch

Founding Executive Director

EdReports

Prior to coming to EdReports.org, Hirsch was the Chief External Affairs Officer at the New Teacher Center, the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Quality, and the Education Program Manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has supported policymakers in 35 states, written and published more than 150 articles, book chapters, reports…

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Liisa Moilanen Potts

Director of English Language Arts Review

EdReports

Previously, Moilanen Potts was the Director of Literacy/ELA and Professional Learning Integration for the Washington State department of education (OSPI), where she worked to support statewide birth-to-20 literacy efforts for 295 public districts. Prior to that position she worked as an instructional and leadership coach for public and private schools, focusing on school improvement efforts…

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Shannah Estep

Outreach Specialist

EdReports

Estep most recently served as the Director of the Standards, Assessment, and Instruction initiative with the CORE Districts and led a team comprised of 50 senior instructional leaders representing each of those districts. Estep brings more than 25 years of experience in education, including writing curriculum and assessments for AIMS Education Foundation and teaching at…

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Ed Trust

Lillian Lowery

Vice President, PreK-12 Policy, Research, and Practice

Ed Trust

Lillian M. Lowery, Ph.D., serves as Ed Trust’s vice president for preK-12 policy, research, and practice, leading Ed Trust’s ambitious agenda to focus national attention on inequities in public education as well as the actions necessary to close gaps in opportunity and raise achievement. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of FutureReady Columbus,…

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ISKME

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Cynthia Jimes

Director of Research and Learning

ISKME

Cynthia Jimes, Ph.D., is the Director of Research and Learning at ISKME. Over the past 12 years, Cynthia has led numerous research studies and applied projects focused on curriculum development as a tool for teacher professional learning, and on the ways that open educational practice and OER support enhanced teaching and learning. Cynthia has a…

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Megan Simmons

Megan Simmons

Associate Director of Training & Design

ISKME

Megan Simmons leads training and design at ISKME, which includes the education programs, workshops, activities, and events for the OER Commons Project, Action Collabs and Big Ideas Fest. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of San Francisco. Before coming to ISKME in 2008, she spent seven years teaching and managing education…

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Sara Layton

Fellow and Consultant

ISKME

Sara Layton graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University and has taught on a college and high school level for 20 years. In 2017 Sara was won the PBS Digital Innovator Award and represented Utah at a teacher summit in San Antonio. Other career highlights include receiving the Utah…

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UnboundEd

Sonia Citron

Math Specialist

UnboundEd

Sonia Cintron began her career as a third-grade teacher in Florida. She also taught 6-8 grade math and served as the math department chair and grade-level chair. As a Resident Mathematics Content Specialist, Sonia selects, adapts, and sequences open educational resources and supports the creation of professional development materials and resources. Previously, Sonia served as…

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