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“It exposed the inequities within our system to everyone and really forced everyone to look at how we’re doing school and see the challenges that the model has taken.”

Ryan MacDonald – He serves as Senior Program Associate on the Student-Centered Learning team at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Ryan joined CCSSO in 2015 as part of the now Student-Centered Learning team and Education Data and Information Systems team. As part of the Student-Centered Learning team, he manages the programmatic and technical support to the previous Innovation Lab Network (ILN) and now CCSSO’s Student-Centered Learning Collaborative.

He is committed to supporting the implementation and scaling of student-centered learning especially for historically underserved students. He received a B.A. in Politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Ryan originates from Portland, Maine.

Rebecca Wolfe – In her role as Vice President of Impact and Improvement, Rebecca Wolfe oversees the research, impact and improvement efforts that reinforce KnowledgeWorks’ program and policy initiatives and advance the field of personalized, competency-based learning. She is responsible for the organization’s research agenda, which focuses on the work we do in schools, districts and communities, as well as research projects that help to advance the field. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Rebecca served as an Associate Vice President at Jobs for the Future (JFF), where she founded and led the Students at the Center Initiative.

Rebecca edited and contributed to two volumes on deeper learning and student-centered learning, “Anytime, Anywhere” (2013) and “Rethinking Readiness” (2017), both with Harvard Education Press. In 2018, Rebecca was recognized as the New England Secondary School Consortium’s Regional Champion for being a “tireless leader in New England’s effort to ensure high-quality learning experiences for all students across the region.” Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in sociology with a focus in urban education from Harvard University and a doctorate in education policy and administration from Stanford University.



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Rob Richardson is the host of disruption Now Podcast and the owner of DN Media Agency, a full-service digital marketing and research company. He has appeared on MSNBC, America this Week, and is a weekly contributor to Roland Martin Unfiltered.



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