Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The NEA Foundation Creates Prestigious National Senior Fellows Advisory Group

Seven Thought Leaders to Advise and Accelerate Efforts to Close U.S. Achievement Gaps


WASHINGTON, DC (May 15, 2012) -- The NEA Foundation today named seven globally recognized scholars and practitioners to serve as the inaugural cohort of its Senior Fellows Advisory Group. Drawing upon the unique talents and expertise of these leaders, the Foundation aims to bring critical thought leadership to deepen and accelerate improvement of systems to increase teaching effectiveness and the quality of academic and non-academic supports to students and their families. The Senior Fellows will provide insight into the “why” of the achievement gap, how to address it, and on broader issues of effective teaching and collaborative reform.

The NEA Foundation Senior Fellows Advisory Group members are:

  • Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto;
  • Gloria J. Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • Luke Merchlewitz, second grade teacher (MN) and Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, in Winona, MN, and adjunct faculty member at Winona State University;
  • Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Professor in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Academic Dean from 1993 to 1999;
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University;
  • Mary Pinkston, high school math teacher (DE), Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, Brandywine High School, District, and State Teacher of the Year; and
  • Jerry D. Weast, retired Superintendent of the Montgomery County Public Schools (MD).


“Formation of this group represents an important milestone in the growth of the NEA Foundation’s work and impact,” said Harriet Sanford, President  & CEO of the NEA Foundation. “Over the years, we have formally engaged the expertise, knowledge and resources of many groups, including our Board of Directors, local educators, corporate and philanthropic partners, and others. Guidance from our Senior Fellows will support further our local education reform projects that are co-developed by unions, districts, and communities and that are squarely focused on achieving equity and excellence.”


Partnerships like these are a signature feature of the NEA Foundation Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative and Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, in which collaboration helps ensure a high-quality education for all students.


Learn more about the NEA Foundation’s Senior Fellows Advisory Group.


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