Charlotte Danielson is the founder of The Danielson Group and Chair of the board. She developed the Framework for Teaching (FFT) over two decades ago which is a research-based tool that describes components of effective teaching. Over the course of her career, she has taught at all levels, worked as a curriculum and staff development director. With her leadership, the DG has help countless school district and educators refine and enhance their practice with the goal of ensuring that each student can acquire deep understanding of important and complex content in over 45 states and 12 countries.
Mark Atkinson is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mursion, Inc., the country’s leading virtual reality, simulation platform, where professionals rehearse and master the essential interpersonal skills required to be effective in high stakes careers. Mursion has deployed its VR training platform to dozens of Fortune 500. Mr. Atkinson is also the Founder of TeachForward, a full service educational consulting firm with a proprietary web platform that delivers custom-developed, performance assessments to K-12 educators. In addition to the Danielson Group, Mr. Atkinson serves on the Board of Directors of The Achievement Network, Open-Up Resources, the Oracle Education Foundation and the One Purpose School in San Francisco.
Christina Linder is currently the Director of Teacher Certification at the College of Southern Idaho. Previously she served as the Director of Certification and Professional Standards for the State of Idaho, the Associate Dean at Idaho State University, and developed K-20 policy in her role as Educator Effectiveness Program Manager for the Idaho State Board of Education. Christina led Idaho's early work in adopting the Framework for Teaching as the foundation for consistent preparation and evaluation of teachers statewide, and continues to implement and innovate in high quality preparation for non-traditional teacher pathways.
Audrey Soglin is the Executive Director of the Illinois Education Association (IEA). As Executive Director, she is responsible for the daily operations and strategic direction of the association that includes 135,000 members. Before being the ED, she taught in Evanston, Illinois for 25 years. As a classroom teacher, Audrey taught kindergarten through fifth grade. She is also president of the newly formed Partnership for Resilience. The Partnership for Resilience works to transform and integrate education, health care and community organizations to create a trauma-informed, family-focused system that measurably improves academic, health, and social outcomes for children. She serves as the secretary for the Danielson Group Board of Directors.
Jenn Vranek is the Founding Partner of Education First. She founded Education First in 2006 to build an organization of the most trusted and effective education policy consultants in the nation. Jenn has worked with K12 and postsecondary educators, policymakers and philanthropists in more than 30 states. She is an expert in college and career readiness, teacher and leader effectiveness and state education advocacy, policy and politics. Honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, she also volunteers as an advisory board member for Washington’s Stand for Children, Education Resource Strategies’ System 20/20 and serves as vice chair of the Danielson Group Board of Directors.
Ross Wiener is a Vice-President at the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Education & Society Program. In his work, Ross leads teams of educators and analysts in creating rich learning experiences for education leaders and policymakers. These resources help leaders increase educational outcomes. From 2002 to 2009, Ross was policy director and then vice president for program and policy at The Education Trust. Ross also served for five years as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section.
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