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 collaboration, momentum and action to support great teaching and learning.
Prior to joining Learning Forward, Melinda was the President of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) where she led NCTAF’s charge to build a research-based framework of policies and practices that ensure every child has access to a competent, caring teacher in a school organized for success. Under Melinda’s leadership, NCTAF worked to achieve the vision that all students will have equal access to effective teaching and opportunity that optimizes learning and realizes future success academically and economically. At NCTAF, Melinda oversaw policy, and implementation projects, developed and maintained strategic partnerships, and provided thought leadership about teaching for the 21st century. Melinda served as NCTAF’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2013.
From 2006-2011, Melinda served as the Senior Director of Education Strategic Relations at PBS, where she developed national partnerships and oversaw the development of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development service. From 2002-2006, Melinda was the first Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Melinda served as a national spokesperson on education technology and was instrumental in developing collaborative resources and opportunities for state educational technology leaders. Melinda began her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools. Melinda holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The American University and received her Bachelors in American Culture from Vassar College. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and two teenage daughters.
The institute was the best professional development activity I have ever engaged in. The atmosphere created was very conducive to learning.— Chanda Telleen, Educational Consultant
This was a perfect example of adult education in action! Everything was perfect!— Brad Dale-Adult Education Instructor