- View a case studyAdvance Illinois
Advised on all aspects of start-up of new statewide advocacy organization, including policy agenda for new organization; served on national policy steering committee; developed an evergreen report for the organization's launch; and wrote a comprehensive policy agenda that resulted in several new state laws.
- View a case studyAFT Innovation Fund
Developed a business plan detailing the new fund's management plan, theory of change, grantmaking areas of interest, and measurable outcomes it will accomplish.
Analyzed and identified college- and career-readiness policies, teacher professional development opportunities, school turnaround strategies and state-level political realities in Ohio and Tennessee to enable rapid and strategic program expansion in those states.
- Boston Plan for Excellence
Conducted a communications audit for this Boston-based non-profit and assisted with early-stage planning for the organization’s relaunch and messaging.
- California State Senate
Conducted research and policy analysis to support the California Senate President on key education issues, including teacher evaluation systems, statewide STEM initiatives, standards and assessments, and early warning systems.
- The Chalkboard Project
Reviewed the CLASS Project's efforts to support the design of new teacher compensation and support systems in Oregon districts, recommended course corrections based on emerging research, and developed a prospectus communicating the project's early successes to policymakers.
- Chattanooga Public Education Fund
Supported the creation of a five-year strategic plan to better support teachers and have a greater impact in public education in Chattanooga.
- Cleveland Foundation and George Gund Foundation
Developed a comprehensive report for Cleveland district leaders engaging in school turnaround efforts, including recommendations for how to frame, lead and engage a sustained communications and outreach effort to provide crucial support for these difficult reforms over time.
- The College-Ready Promise
Helped coalition of five high-performing charter school organizations in Los Angeles who are working to co-design new teacher and leader evaluation, support and compensation systems successfully apply for a federal Teacher Incentive Fund to underwrite their efforts.
- Community College Consortia: C3T/U.S. Department of Labor Grants
Provided support and consultation for community college consortia from 10 states to apply for federal C3T funds to increase the number of trade-impacted and similar workers achieving certificates and degrees with value in the labor market.
- Complete College America
Provided recommendations and support for organizational start-up, facilitated marquee events and state policymaker academies and helped design elements of the Completion Innovation Challenge grant program.
- Credit Suisse Americas Foundation
- Data Quality Campaign
Developed a three-year strategic plan that clarifies the organization's roles, establishes short-term and long-term outcome goals, updates the organization's theory of action, and implements an effective governance and staffing structure. We also developed a set of communications tools to enable state leaders to talk the same language and to communicate more broadly about how the effective use of high quality data can be help to improve public understanding and student learning. Tools included a glossary, set of key messages, conversation guides and value proposition statements.
- Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Designed the strategy and initial grantmaking decisions underpinning the foundation's new College Ready Communities Initiative in New York City, which is working to build a bridge between community revitalization efforts and education reform in low-income neighborhoods.
Conducted a feasibility study for this Boston-based non-profit interested in partnering more deeply to help low-performing schools improve.
- Grantmakers for Education
Produced a summary report from the organization's 2011 Education Grantmakers Institute at Harvard University; the report synthesizes high-level takeaways about grantmaking strategies for supporting successful implemention of new public policies.
- Hawai`i P20 Partnerships for Education
Developed a strategic plan to identify the council's next phase of work, including facilitating meetings, collecting stakeholder input, conducting research and recommending new strategies and activities.
- Internationals Network for Public Schools
Mapped a growth plan for this network of 12 innovative high schools that serve recently arrived immigrants by helping organizational leaders identify strategies for strengthening existing schools and opening more schools, disseminating its model to other cities around the country, and advocating for policies to transform ELL services and supports.
- Kaiser Family Foundation: OK Race to the Top
Helped Oklahoma officials outline the state's Race to the Top application by staffing work groups of teachers, principals, state leaders and union representatives charged with developing the key components for each of the four assurance areas.
- Kansas City Education Funders Collaborative
Provided strategic planning and research support to a collaborative of four Kansas City foundations seeking to develop a joint grantmaking strategy to improve public education.
- Maryland Business Roundtable
Produced research and strategic recommendations related to content development, governance, funding and communications to support an integrated online portal ("STEMNet") to improve STEM teaching and learning in Maryland.
- North Carolina Education Cabinet
Supported the development of North Carolina's legislatively-required STEM plan through collaboration with stakeholders, making connections between education and economic development, and benchmarking policy and practice in other states.
- Ohio College Access Network
Provided strategic analysis, counsel and facilitation services to help strengthen the organization's network functionality, member relations and state-level advocacy efforts.
- Partnership for Learning
Advised executive director, provided extra capacity, developed legislative agendas, wrote policy briefs and website content, and facilitated the development of the organization's strategic plan.
- Seattle Public Schools
Supported the development of district-wide college-ready academic standards, curriculum and graduation requirements in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and world languages. Provided extensive professional development to teacher leaders from all high schools.
- SEED Foundation
Prepared a prospectus in support of replicating the SEED Foundation’s college preparatory boarding school model for under-served students in Cincinnati (Ohio), explored federal funding opportunities and conducted an analysis on the potential return on investment.
- Sinclair Community College
Worked with the higher education leadership in Ohio to explore where the state fits in the national higher education picture, and to discuss potential changes in policy that could impact the state's college completion agenda. Also supported the preparation and execution of the state's Completion by Design site visit.
- Stand for Children
Supported a panel of exemplary educators to design policy recommendations for Washington state in the areas of early learning, longitudinal data systems and effective teaching and leadership. As part of this work we produced a multi-year policy agenda for the organization.
- Texas High School Project
Assisted with the development of a "road map" for a statewide STEM expansion strategy in Texas.
- Thomas B. Fordham Insitute: Policy Innovation in Education (PIE) Network
Piloted PIE Network in five states, bringing together legislators, governors' offices, educators and advocates to learn about promising practices. Developed the strategic plan that lauched the PIE Network as a national learning network for third-party education advocacy organizations.
- Transition Mathematics Project
Helped position this statewide collaboration of community colleges, baccalaureate colleges and K12 agencies for future funding and work to develop common placement standards and close remediation gaps in mathematics.
- W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation
Designed and facilitated the annual convening of the foundation’s education grantees, and prepared a report summarizing the best practices for using evaluation for program improvement and increasing impact.
- View a case studyWashington State Board of Education
Wrote a report on state approaches to high school assessment and best practices nationwide.
- Washington STEM
Supported all start-up aspects of statewide, business-led STEM initiative in Washington state, including meeting facilitation for funders and business leaders, research, design, development of communications materials and organizational launch. After the launch, planned and facilitated a Learning Tour for WA STEM network leadership in Dayton, Ohio and Kinston, NC.
- View a case studyWilliam and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Helped Education Program staff track progress, make course corrections and respond to unanticipated challenges as the foundation implemented a new grantmaking strategy to help schools provide "deeper learning" to more students. Also over a two-year period, tracked ten grantees who were awarded $3 million by the Foundation to study the impact and the reach of federal education “stimulus” funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. We conducted interviews with grantees to gather input for a dashboard to measure progress and identify indicators of success. Produced reports at key milestones to update the Foundation on grantee successes and challenges.