Our Team

Joe DiMartino | President and Co-Founder

Joe DiMartinoJoe DiMartino is founder and president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign. Under his leadership, CSSR has become a leading provider of ground breaking technical assistance to support both policy change and change leadership at the district and school level – leading to a richer secondary school experience for all youth.

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Prior to founding CSSR, Joe served for nearly a decade as director of the Secondary School Redesign program of the Education Alliance at Brown University. He was instrumental in maintaining the university’s leadership role in the national conversation about redesigning high schools. Joe oversaw the design, development, and implementation of numerous research and technical assistance projects promoting high school redesign. Much of his work went into the development of the Breaking Ranks® process of comprehensive high school reform, which has been implemented in over 40 schools across the country. In addition to his work at Brown, Joe has served: as the chair of the steering committee of the National High School Alliance; as co-chair of the National Task Force on the High School; on the Breaking Ranks® II Commission of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); as well as on the National Urban Task Force.

Joe’s efforts to promote policy reform that can lead to high school redesign include supporting Rhode Island’s statewide high school reform efforts. This work includes the creation of a statewide vision of a 21st century high school, and the development of both an assessment system and the provision of technical supports to districts implementing newly mandated graduation requirements. Joe also supported statewide high school reform efforts in Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. He provided leadership and research support to the New England Association of Schools and College’s Commission on Public Secondary School in the development of standards for high school accreditation of nearly 700 high schools throughout the region.

Joe is the co-editor of The Personalized High School: Making Learning Count for Adolescents (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), and co-author of the highly acclaimed book Personalizing the High School Experience for Each Student (ASCD, 2008). In addition to numerous publications, he also consulted with ASCD in the creation of the video series: High Schools at Work: Creating Student-Centered Learning, and co-wrote the accompanying facilitators guide. Due to his leadership in the development of Breaking Ranks® II, and his contributions to Breaking Ranks® in the Middle, Joe was given the distinguished Service to Education Award by NASSP in 2006. He was named a DiFelice Scholar by Salem State College in 2007.

Joe holds a B.A. in Engineering and Economics from Brown University, an M.Ed. in Special Education and Counseling from Rhode Island College, and has completed all the coursework for a Ph.D. in Culturally Responsive Education from Brown University. Joe is first and foremost a parent, often stating that he has learned much more from his children, including the four adopted from outside the United States, than he could ever hope to teach them. His children are a diverse bunch including: two biological children, two children adopted from Guatemala, and two children adopted from Korea. Through the lens of his children’s experiences, Joe became devoted to advocating for educational opportunities for ALL students in a variety of settings. Joe is passionate about ensuring that individual youth have a voice in their education. Joe lives with his wife Pat in West Warwick, RI. When they are not on the road with CSSR, they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.


William Bryan, Ph.D. | Vice President and Co-Founder

BillBryanBill Bryan is Vice President of Leadership and Organization Development with CSSR, and in charge of internal operations including staff professional development. Bill is an expert in change leadership and provides districts and schools with the skills required to implement major change initiatives, e.g. advisories, smaller learning communities, student led conferences, and the development of school or district level strategic plans that underpin the adoption of practices leading to enhanced student outcomes.

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After graduating from Dartmouth College, Bill entered the Army where he held several command positions and achieved the rank of Captain. Following his Army service, Bill obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from George Washington University. He then held a variety of positions including college teaching and private clinical practice focusing on children, adolescents, and families. Based on his clinical and academic experience, he was hired to create and direct the student counseling services at Bryant University. His interest in communication skills training and work with business led to a position as project director with McBer and Company (now a part of the Hay Group), a Boston consulting firm specializing in applied motivation and competency research.

In 1983, Bill founded Bryan Associates, Inc. (BAI), and ran this very successful management consulting firm until he joined CSSR and entered the education arena in 2006. BAI provided organization, management, and executive development services to a wide variety of companies in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. Three of his specialty areas were performance assessment, leader capacity building, and organization development to include strategic planning and continuous improvement. A sample of clients served includes: Anheuser-Busch; AT&T; Entergy Corp.; Hewlett-Packard; Johnson & Johnson; Major League Baseball; Mobil; the New York Stock Exchange; Southwestern Bell; the YMCA of the United States; and the U.S. Navy.

Bill is an experienced speaker at both the local and national level. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Soceity for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. He served for a number of years as a member of the advisory board of the Executive MBA program at the University of Rhode Island. His involvement in academia includes teaching psychology courses at Providence College; organizational behavior human resources, and labor relations courses in the URI MBA, Labor Studies and Executive MBA Programs; a professional development course in the American University/NTL Master’s Degree program in Human Resource Development; and this coming fall in the Ed.D. Program at New England College. Bill has written many white papers, articles, and professional development programs. He is the lead author for Breaking Ranks ® II and the Breaking Ranks® in the Middle Implementation Guide titled: Breaking Ranks®: A Field Guide for Leading Change.


Tony Ferreira | Senior School Change Coach

Tony FerreiraTony Ferreira is a Senior School Change Coach with CSSR, and has over two decades of experience as a secondary school Principal in southeastern Massachusetts. Tony is known for working collaboratively with faculty to improve student’s higher level thinking skills, writing skills, and mathematics skills using data-based decision making. In recognition of his extraordinary track record, the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association named him Massachusetts Middle School Principal of the Year in 2003.

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Tony has contributed to the improvement of learning for students and educators alike in secondary schools through a variety of positions. He produced a cable television program on homework from 2000 – 2001; he was a strong member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal Preparation Task Force from 2004 – 2006; and he was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Commission to Study Middle Level Education in 2004.

Tony has contributed to CSSR projects throughout the northeast including: Smaller Learning Communities grants with Plymouth North and Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, MA; school change coaching with CSSR’s New England Network for Personalization and Performance (The i3 NETWORK); School Improvement Grant (SIG) work in Yonkers, NY and Albany, NY; and advisory work in White Plains, NY. Tony is also involved with CSSR’s work to develop the New York State APPR Teacher Evaluation program in Yonkers, NY.

Tony was a contributing editor for Changing Role of the Middle Level and High School Leader: Learning from the Past-Preparing for the Future (NASSP, 2007) and a contributor to Best Practices of Award-Winning Secondary School Principals (NASSP & Corwin Press, 2006).

Tony holds a BA from Bowdoin College, an M.Ed. from Rhode Island College, and has completed a Certificate of Advanced Study from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in Dispute Resolution. His professional interests include leadership, school culture, performance assessment, and inquiry based teaching. Tony lives in Dighton, MA with his wife Christine, a former teacher. Two of his three children work in education as well. He enjoys biking, kayaking, and reading.


Nelson Beaudoin | School Change Coach Read more

NelsonBeaudoinNelson Beaudoin is a school change coach with CSSR and a nationally recognized consultant, keynote speaker, and author. Nelson retired as Principal of Kennebunk High School in 2008 after 37 years in education. He was honored as Maine’s High School Principal of the Year in 2000 while at Leavitt Area High School. Nelson’s career brought him to eight different schools where he served primarily in administrative capacities. His schools were nationally recognized for service learning, student voice, and the 1st Amendment projects.

Nelson is involved in many ongoing CSSR projects. He is the School Improvement Grant (SIG) coach at Nute High School; he is working alongside the Leadership Teams at Nute High School and Raymond High School; and has mentored Principals in two schools. Nelson is the Student Voice consultant for all schools in the New England Network for Personalization and Performance (The i3 NETWORK), and is the lead coach at two i3 NETWORK schools: Noble High School and Nute High School.

Nelson is the author of A School For Each Student: Personalization in a Climate of High Expectations (Eye on Education, 2008),  Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone: Lessons for School Leaders (Eye on Education, 2005), and Elevating Student Voice: How to Enhance Participation, Citizenship and Leadership (Eye on Education, 2005). 

Nelson holds a B.S. from the University of Maine and an M.A. from Boston University. His drive to continue working in education is motivated by his belief that the work of schools is to help students become relevant. Nelson, a father of two sons, lives in Poland Springs, Maine with his wife Sharon.  He is an avid ten-pin bowler, but seldom succeeds at mastering the game of golf.

Dorothy Bowen | School Change Coach Read more

DorothyBowenDorothy Bowen is a school change coach with CSSR and a Partner with Civic Strategies Partners. Dorothy is an active advocate for excellence in academics. For the past thirty years Dorothy has worked successfully in public school systems – both locally and nationally – to develop a variety of techniques designed to strengthen leadership presentation skills, in addition to offering training on how to create effective administrative staff and academic systemic change with measurable outcomes.

Since joining CSSR, Dorothy has worked to help school districts in New York City; Yonkers, NY; and Hempstead, NY implement the new evaluative system – the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) under the Race to the Top mandate. As a CSSR coach, she concentrates on assisting Principals and Assistant Principals to: align school performance with district goals; establish clear policies and procedures; develop authentic communication practices; design instructional plans; develop shared school wide ethos; link school and community partners; as well as develop strategies for desired measurable outcomes for student success.

For more than a decade Dorothy has worked closely with the New York City Department of Education administrators and staff in selected area middle and high schools on Small Learning Communities; Schools Under Registered Review; Community Partnering; assisting schools in the implementation of the Common Core Standards; and developing Inquiry Teams.

Dorothy holds a B.S. from Suffolk University and an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Her professional interests include instructional development, leadership development and community partnering. Dorothy lives in Willow Grove, PA with her husband and chess opponent. She enjoys biking, hiking, knitting, flower arranging, and gardening.

Susan Bradley | School Change Coach Read more


Ryan Champeau, Ph.D. | School Change Coach Read more

RyanChampeauRyan Champeau is a school change coach with CSSR and founder of Forward Design, LLC. He is an educational provocateur working with districts and individual schools on leadership and practices to empower students in their learning. Ryan has led an accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as a leader and educator at the secondary and higher education levels. He has an outstanding track record in assuring student success for all students, with an emphasis on at-risk students. Ryan was the Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year in 2009.

Ryan has been involved with CSSR work in  Smaller Learning Communities schools, and school change coaching in Maryland and New Jersey. In these roles he has put to work his seasoned ability to create and implement student personalization strategies from the ground up through proven competencies in leadership, project and program management, and staff development. He brings to his work with CSSR an extensive background in developing and implementing structures like school governance, master schedules, and strategies for student personalization. Ryan’s specialty is in collaboration with his ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results in challenging environments.

Ryan was a contributing writer to Fixing Public Education (Pepper Tree Publishing, 2014),  Breaking Ranks® II (Brown University, 2004) and Failure Is Not An Option (Hope Foundation, 2005). He was a reviewer of the book The World We Created at Hamilton High (Harvard University Press, 1988).

Ryan has a B.S  and an M.S. in school counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He completed his dissertation on The Nature of Instructional Leadership in Wisconsin High Schools. Ryan has also completed coursework in the School Leaders’ Academy at Harvard University’s Principal Center. Ryan’s passion is making schools great for students by creating learning environments that support progressive learning for students and staff alike. He enjoys attending Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball games with his son Todd, and has been known to cheer on the Red Sox at Fenway Park too. When he’s not working, you can find Ryan water skiing, listening to music, or reading a great book while enjoying the ambiance of life on the water.

Tobi Chassie | School Change Coach & Special Education Instructional Coach Read more

TobiChassieTobi Gray Chassie is a school change coach with CSSR. Tobi also serves as the district administrator for the Pittsfield, NH school district, as well as co-project manager of the district level systems change project. For twenty-two years prior to this assignment, Tobi served as the district’s director of student services. As co-founder of Transforming Educational Practice, a New Hampshire-based consulting organization, Tobi provides support for school leaders engaged in school development and redesign.

Tobi has served as an adjunct instructor for several undergraduate programs – teaching courses in special education.  Additionally, Tobi has presented at numerous regional, state, and national conferences on topics such as community engagement in school change, student centered learning strategies, special education, and measuring teacher effectiveness.   She serves on the NH Commissioner of Education’s Task Force for Effective Teaching.

Tobi holds a B.S. in special education and elementary education from Eastern Michigan University; an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Plymouth State University; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in educational leadership from Plymouth State University.  She was honored as New Hampshire Special Education Administrator of the Year in 2008.

Arnold Clayton, Ph.D. | School Change Coach Read more

Arnie ClaytonArnie Clayton, Ph.D. is a school change coach with CSSR. Prior to joining CSSR, Arnie was a school change coach at the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) in Boston, MA. At the CCE he worked to create student-centered educational structures in many districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, Central Falls, RI and Utica, NY. Arnie worked for 32 years as a teacher and administrator at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School – holding many roles. Most notably he worked as a teacher-leader in both the International Student and Family Center, and the Academy, and served as the school-wide Restructuring Coordinator. He remained dedicated to his role as a classroom teacher in addition to his administrative duties.

Since joining CSSR, Arnie has worked with a number of schools to focus their work on the adoption of student-centered learning practices. In addition, he has played a key role in CSSR’s i3 NETWORK project, as well as been a frequent presenter of 5-day trainings on collaborative practices.

Arnie holds an A.B, from Tufts University, as well as both an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. His professional interests are: creating cooperative classroom communities focused on student work; training teachers to provide professional development to their colleagues; and supporting common planning time teams, advisories, site councils and other school teams to become collaborative professional communities through the adoption of individualized charters and the use of protocols. Arnie and his partner live in Brookline, MA and enjoy spending time in Cape Cod. A devoted father, Arnie also treasures time spent with his granddaughter. He finds that working with teachers who welcome developing innovative instructional practices keeps him feeling young and useful as he grows older.

Lou Constantino | School Change Coach Read more

Lou ConstantinoLou Constantino is a School Change Coach with CSSR. Lou is currently working on several CSSR projects. In Hempstead, NY he provides school-based coaching expertise with School Comprehensive Plans (SCEP) and the School Quality Review process for schools under NYSED Accountability and Receivership Status. He is also working with CSSR and UCLA Center X on Project ExcEL in Ossining, NY; Tarrytown, NY; and Shelton, CT. Through this work he supports teachers and administrators in the implementation of Student Led Conferences, Advisory, Student Voice, Student Driven Learning, Shared Leadership and Team Development at the elementary and secondary levels. He previously worked with CSSR on whole school redesign in Patterson, NJ.

Lou has a 45-year career in education with 40 years of urban public school experience in the Yonkers (NY) Public Schools working at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. In addition, he served the Yonkers Public Schools in the roles of Chief Academic Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary School Administration, and Unit Director for Elementary and Secondary School Supervision. Lou has been selected as an Outside Educational Expert (OEE) for the New York State Education Department Office of Accountability to review elementary and secondary school performance as it relates to student achievement and growth. As a Breaking Ranks High School Reform Coach/Facilitator for The Education Alliance at Brown University he supported Smaller Learning Communities in school districts throughout New England. His work as an RMC Research Corporation Associate/Deputy Director of the New York Comprehensive Center focused on working with NYSED to provide technical assistance for urban school districts in New York state.  As an Adjunct Instructor at Mercy College Graduate School of Education he taught leadership courses and supervised student teachers and administrative interns. In addition, Lou was involved as an Educational Consultant for the Robin Hood Foundation to provide technical and literacy instructional support for elementary school libraries in the New York City Public Schools.

Lou was recognized for his outstanding achievements in the Yonkers Public Schools by receiving the Leadership in Education Award and was honored as Administrator of the Year in 2000.

Lou holds a B.A. from Long Island University, Southampton Campus; an M.S. in Education from the College of New Rochelle; and has completed Doctoral Studies in Urban Education and Leadership at Fordham University.

Lou has dedicated his entire career to promoting and supporting a “Student First” approach to teaching and learning. He believes that creating school structures and opportunities for students that are fair, equitable, student centered, sensitive to cultural diversity and individual needs have the best chance of making a substantial and sustainable difference in the schooling experience for students. Lou lives with his wife Olga in Bronx, NY. He has two children and is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren. Lou enjoys theater, sports, travel and fine dining. He often goes down memory lane listening to the oldies music of the 50s and 60s.

Joanna Dolgin | ELA Instructional Coach Read more

Joanna Dolgin is an ELA Instructional Coach with CSSR. She has been designing and implementing inquiry based, college preparatory English courses at East Side Community High School, a Title I school on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, for 8 years.  East Side is one of a coalition of 28 successful small schools that are part of the New York Performance Standards Consortium.  These schools are committed to academic excellence and high performance standards, creating schools the public can trust.  Joanna is the co-author of Authentic Assessments for the English Classroom (NCTE, 2010). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University and a Masters in Liberal Studies from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Billie Donegan | School Change Coach Read more

Billie DoneganBillie Donegan is a school change coach with CSSR, and the Lead Turnaround Coach for a Race to the Top Innovation Zone in Oahu, Hawaii. In addition to CSSR, she worked with the Education Alliance at Brown University, SREB’s High Schools That Work, the Career Academy Support Network at UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins’ Talent Development High Schools and Freshman Success Academies, and the Colorado Children’s Campaign for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Billie is involved in ongoing CSSR work as a school change coach in the Napa Valley (CA) Unified School District, and as an Assessment Coach at Beverly (MA) High School. She was on the original Vision Team for her Texas high school’s whole-school reform – a turnaround school, and one of the first New American High Schools that served as the model for what would become the Federal Smaller Learning Communities Grant. She has written curriculum for Keystone, Capstone, Senior Projects, ninth grade support classes, and teacher advisories. Billie has been selected Teacher of the Year by Dallas County Community College, and was named Texas Teacher of the Year by the Association of Black Communicators. Billie is the author of Reshaping High Schools: The Linchpin Year (ASCD, 2008) and coauthor of Coaching Reluctant Learners: A Practical Framework for Classroom Success (Greenleaf Publications, 2006).

Billie holds an M.A. from Colorado State University. She believes that the heart of any reform takes place inside the classroom; if student success is to go up, today’s teachers must be provided with the passion to “do school differently” and the support to reach those students too many others have given up on. Billie lives at 9500′ in the Colorado mountains where she hikes, plays with grandchildren, and constantly revises her list of the “the best books I’ve ever read.”

Richard Dubuisson | School Change Coach & STEM Instructional Coach Read more

Richard DubuissonRichard Dubuisson is a school change coach with CSSR, and comes to the Center with more than 13 years experience in education, training, and facilitation with K-16 students, teachers, administrators, corporate end users, and upper level management personnel. Richard currently serves as the Director of Academic Services and Site Leader at Year Up Providence, a national non-profit devoted to providing urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college level courses, an educational stipend and a corporate apprenticeship. In addition to leading the academic team in Providence, Richard also works with other Year Up sites around the country, providing technical assistance and professional development to other academic teams. Richard has presented the Year Up model to both national and local audiences at various educational conferences.

Richard has developed a keen understanding of the challenges small learning communities face from a financial, administrative, and educational perspective. He was the first instructor hired as a member of the original start-up team of Year Up in Boston in 2001, and later moved to Providence to co-lead Year Up’s first out-of-state expansion. Richard has been instrumental in leading both the Providence site and Year Up as a whole: creating and implementing the framework for the organization’s curriculum, and developing the methodology for its delivery – known as the “Year Up Way” (a holistic approach to training and empowering urban young adults through technical education, hands-on project based engagement and professional immersion).

Prior to Year Up, Richard served as a Math Teacher at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School in Miami, Florida; as a Math and Computer Instructor for A.B.C.D. Even Start in Boston; as a Software Trainer at Gateway Computers; and as the Founder and Director of A+ Tutoring in Malden, MA. Richard graduated with a B.A. in History and French from Duke University.

Anna Fazekas | School Change Coach Read more

AnnaFazekasAnna Fazekas is a school change coach with CSSR. She is formerly a high school administrator and  science teacher. Prior to joining CSSR, Anna created and led a successful Freshman Academy in the Chicago Public Schools. Under her leadership, the school’s Freshman On-Track rate doubled in two years. She also designed and implemented a Freshman Seminar course, and taught Biology and Environmental Science.

Anna has been involved in CSSR projects throughout the country, most notably serving on the team providing technical assistance to the US Department of Education on the Smaller Learning Communities Project. As part of this team, Anna conducted research in large urban districts like Chicago and Los Angeles on successful ninth grade transition strategies. Anna is the co-author of Building a Pathway to the Future: Maximizing High School Guidance and Advisory Support as well as First Response: A Guide to Designing and Delivering Classroom Interventions.

Anna holds a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago; and a M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University. She is an alumna of Teach for America. Anna’s professional interests include the transitions into and out of secondary school, student-centered teaching and learning, and equitable schooling. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Anna enjoys traveling, cooking and practicing Yoga.

John Freeman, Ph.D. | School Change Coach Read more

JohnFreemanJohn Freeman, Ph.D. is a school change coach with CSSR, and a frequent presenter at state, regional, and national conferences on a range of topics including: student-centered practices; high school redesign; community engagement in school development; educator effectiveness; and school leadership. John also serves as Superintendent of schools of the Pittsfield, NH School District, an innovative school district that has been  recognized nationally for the their high school redesign focused on increased academic achievement. The school redesign is focused on: greater student ownership for learning; 21st Century skill building; social/emotional learning; changing adult roles; and community engagement.

Prior to his current service as Superintendent, John served the Pittsfield community as the elementary school Principal for nine years. His career in education has included: serving as a school or district leader in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire; elementary and middle school teaching in New Jersey and North Dakota; as well as an administrative internship year in New York. Finally, John has served as an adjunct instructor teaching a range of courses – education, communication, and literature – at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, at colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Marsha Jones  | Curriculum Specialist Read more

Headshot.MarshaJonesMarsha Jones is a Curriculum Specialist with CSSR, and a third generation educator whose forty-year career spans the Pre-K through University level. For 30 years Marsha served as the Assistant/Associate Superintendent of the Springdale (AR) School District. She currently serves as the Project Manager of Springdale’s Race to the Top-District grant, and works as an adjunct professor with the University of Arkansas.

Marsha has served on the International Board for ASCD which included visiting schools internationally to study education design. She also sat on ASCD’s legislative committee where she worked with policy makers on national education issues. Under Marsha’s leadership, the Springdale School District worked with Ted Sizer and the Coalition of Essential Schools.

Since joining CSSR, Marsha has worked on curriculum design work for the Paterson (NJ) School District, and facilitates CSSR’s coaching work with the Springdale Race to the Top-District project.

Marsha holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish from Drury College; a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Webster College; a Specialist Degree in Education Administration from Southwest Missouri State University; and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Arkansas. Her professional interests include curriculum development, and development of assessments of and for learning. She is passionate about integrated studies, and cares deeply about ensuring that the arts are a part of the total education experience.

Marsha is a proud grandmother, and enjoys attending cultural events in her community with her grandchildren. She enjoys spending time traveling with her husband, along with cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Hannah Kehn | School Change Coach Read more

Hannah KehmHannah Kehn is a school change coach with CSSR, a consultant with both SchoolWorks and the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, and currently serves as the Implementation Coordinator for the Turnaround Arts Initiative under the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Previously, Hannah served as the Instructional Assistant Principal and Arts Director at Noel Community Arts School in Denver, CO. She was a Get Smart Schools Fellow in 2012. She previously taught Language Arts and Drama in Brooklyn, Boston and Ghana. Hannah advocates for inquiry-based curriculum development, authentic assessment, and arts integration in her work with schools nationally.

Hannah has worked on CSSR projects in Barberton (OH), and Kearsarge (NH). She has also worked with New Hampshire schools as part of CSSR’s i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance.  Hannah holds a B.A. in English from Northeastern University; a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and a M.Ed. in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When she is not working, she enjoys improving her Spanish, traveling, and spending time with friends at creative events. Hannah currently resides in Denver, CO.

Richard Kraemer | School Change Coach Read more

Dick KraemerRichard (Dick) Kraemer is a school change coach with CSSR, and has had a 47 year career in education. He chairs the NEASC accreditation teams and is a long-term member of the Vermont Principal’s Association. Richard’s career includes; thirteen years teaching high school math and physics; two years as an Assistant Principal in Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, NY; eleven years as Principal of Oceanside High School in Oceanside, NY; nine years as Principal of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY; and six years as Principal of Stowe Middle High School in Stowe, VT.

Richard is involved in many ongoing CSSR projects including: school change coaching to personalize learning; and providing guidance to schools seeking NEASC accreditation and reaccreditation. He is highly involved in CSSR’s work in Yonkers, NY to implement the new teacher APPR procedures. This involves direct training and coaching for building administrators, professional development on supervision, and providing counsel to Central Office Administrators. Richard also serves on the Performance Assessment Review (PAR) Board for the New England Network for Personalization and Performance. (The i3 NETWORK), and conducts visitations and provides guidance to four i3 NETWORK member high schools.

Richard holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from S.U.C Potsdam; an M.A. in Liberal Studies from S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, and a C.A.S. in Educational Administration from Hofstra University. His professional interest is the reform of American Education to create a focus on the needs of all children as they struggle to learn, think, and become productive citizens.

Diane Kruse | Math Instructional Coach Read more

Diane Kruse is a Math Instructional Coach with CSSR, and a math teacher at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School. Diane has taught high school math for eighteen years in a variety of different schools, including two alternative schools for kids at risk, an international school, and traditional public schools. In addition to teaching math, Diane leads the Math/Science/Technology Domain at The Parker School, a small secondary school focused on performance based assessment and personalization of student learning. Diane has led a number of workshops and professional development sessions on performance assessment, inquiry based instruction, senior projects, and curriculum design. She is a trained Critical Friends Group coach.

Diane is currently working with CSSR’s New England Network for Personalization and Performance (The i3 NETWORK). She is the co-author of What If Less is Just Less? The Role of Depth Over Breadth in the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum (Coalition of Essential Schools, 2007) and the Coalition of Essential Schools’ (CES) Essential Visions Professional Development Toolkit. In addition, she served as a model practitioner for the above mentioned toolkit – providing classroom footage and reflective interviews to illustrate the principle of “less is more; depth over breadth” in mathematics teaching.

Diane holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.Ed. in Learning and Teaching from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is driven to find ways to make math relevant and to help kids uncover the power of their own minds, even if they think that they are not good at math. In her own teaching, she is very interested in encouraging problem posing and mathematical modeling to foster curiosity and rigorous thinking. Outside of school, Diane is always finding something new to learn- new skills acquired in the last few years include beekeeping and operating a backhoe!

Margaret MacLean | School Change Coach Read more

MargaretMacLeanMargaret MacLean is a school change coach with CSSR, a member of the School Reform Initiative, and a training coordinator for the Rural School and Community Trust. Margaret has been an educator for over 30 years – she has taught at all grade levels PreK-6 and served as a School Administrator. Margaret was Principal of a small Vermont school, and in 1996 was named Vermont Principal of the Year. Additionally, Margaret has worked overseas in places like Great Britain, Japan, and Istanbul to develop school wide systems for effective professional collaboration. She was instrumental in developing the Vermont Rural Partnership, a coalition of 18 of Vermont’s smallest, most rural schools, established in 1996.

Margaret brings to her work with CSSR her expertise in project-based learning and the development of professional learning communities. She works closely with school administrators to implement school improvement strategies. Margaret is committed to developing collaborative school cultures, encouraging reflective practice and rethinking leadership – all in support of increased student achievement. She has honed these skills as a member of the School Reform Initiative which uses the Critical Friends Group model as the basis for their work.

Margaret has published a number of articles in Teachers Matter: The Magazine of Spectrum Education. Margaret has a B.A. in Education from the University of Keele in England, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Johnson State College. She lives on a small farm in Vermont with Bruce, her husband of 34 years.

Marcia McGovern | School Change Coach Read more

Marcia McGovernMarcia McGovern is a school change coach with CSSR. Marcia joined the staff of CSSR after forty-two years as an educator in public schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She began her career as an English teacher at Cranston High School West in Rhode Island where she served as Student Council Advisor, taught URI’s Writing 101 to seniors, and designed a peer mentoring program to help freshmen successfully transition to the high school.

Marcia was principal of an urban high school in Rhode Island and a suburban high school in Massachusetts. In each of these schools she developed and coached Peer Helping Networks in order to give students voice and autonomy to explore issues they identified as important. Her understanding of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ standards provided a foundation for her to improve learning for all students and ensure that both schools were fully accredited. During her tenure as principal at Seekonk High School in Massachusetts, the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes doubled and new programs were created to support the needs of diverse learners.

Marcia is currently working with CSSR on the redesign of middle and high schools in Windham, CT. She is also leading the planning and implementation of CSSR professional development offerings like the 2017 Deeper Learning Summer Institute.

Marcia holds a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island; a M.Ed. from Rhode Island College; and a Secondary Administration Certificate from Providence College.

Marcia believes social and emotional learning helps students to achieve success in and out of the classroom. She believes it is important for all stakeholders to share a common vision and work together to create change that positively impacts all students. Marcia lives in West Warwick, RI. In the summer, she can often be found on Narragansett Town Beach reading a book. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson as often as possible.

Jason Midwood | School Change Coach Read more

Jay MidwoodJay Midwood is a school change coach with CSSR. Since joining CSSR in 2007, Jay has established himself as a leading voice in organizational change and student-centered learning and teaching strategies. Jay was instrumental in helping develop the CSSR vision and approach to transformational school change. With extensive knowledge of various federal funding streams (Smaller Learning Communities, School Improvement Grants, Race to the Top and i3 Innovation Grants), he has been successful in creating numerous internal polices and procedures that assure CSSR coaches deliver technical assistance and professional development that is of the highest quality and brings value to secondary schools and partners throughout the country.

Jay has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector on strategic planning, organization leadership, and team development best practices. Jay has long been an advocate for student voice and choice initiatives in public education.  Having facilitated numerous student-focused forums and workshops throughout the country, Jay has long lived by the idea that students must be viewed as part of the solution and not be seen as part of the problem.  Using student feedback to help the change process, Jay has developed a series of engagement workshops and strategies that have been included in various advisory programs and school-wide change initiatives throughout New England and New York.  Jay also serves as co-lead for student voice and choice in CSSR’s i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance.

Over the past seven years, Jay has served as director of the NASSP/CSSR Breaking Ranks School Showcase as part of the NASSP Conference.  The School Showcase is a highly personalized conference that allows successful student-centered secondary schools to share their story of transformation on a national stage.  More than 7,000 administrators, teachers, students and energetic educators have participated in the Showcase since 2009.

Jay also played a pivotal role in the development, methodology, and design of the Pathway to College Network’s College Readiness for All Toolbox, directed by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.  The College Readiness for All Toolbox is an effective set of well-researched tools, lessons-learned, resources, and documents designed to help create a sustainable and effective college-ready culture for all students.

Jay is an advocate and strong voice for education redesign and change throughout Rhode Island. He serves as an advisory board member for the Latino College Access Coalition as part of the College Planning Center of Rhode Island; and sits on the Membership and Culture committee and the Continuous Improvement committee within the Providence Children & Youth Cabinet. In 2014 Jay served as the lead writer for Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s vision for curriculum and assessment titled: Creating a system of multiple pathways for authentic learning, real world skill development, and student achievement. In 2014, Jay was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 award by the Providence Business News. The award is given out to professionals who have committed to making a difference on a local, national, or international scale.

Jay holds a B.A. from Rhode Island College in secondary education/history and an Executive Degree in business management from Bryant University. Jay is finishing his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University with a focus in public service and non-profit development.

Naomi Migliacci | School Change Coach & ELL Instructional Coach Read more

NaomiMigliacciNaomi Migliacci is a school change coach and ELL instructional coach with CSSR, and a highly acclaimed international consultant, speaker and writer. She brings to her background in Linguistics in Education a marriage of her interest in linguistics, educational policy, anthropology, and cross-cultural and intercultural communication.  Naomi currently teaches part-time at Yale University’s Center for Language Study.  Naomi has worked on CSSR projects throughout the northeast. This includes, among others, highly productive workshops on: Literacy and the Common Core; engaging English Language Learners; and teacher teaming. Naomi is co-editor with Lorrie Verplaetse of Inclusive Pedagogy for English Language Learners: A Handbook of Research-Informed Practices (Routledge, 2007).

Naomi holds a B.A. in English from Gordon College, an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Azusa Pacific University, and has completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Linguistics in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Naomi’s research interests include the examination of culturally responsive domains—classrooms, public spaces, and workplace locations.  Naomi first examined the glass ceiling effect in pre-MBA and MBA programs, and workplaces, for minority and international students.  This led to her work at The Education Alliance and Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (LAB) at Brown University where she studied the effectiveness of teaching strategies for diverse populations, and resources that boost academic achievement for all learners.  Her professional mission is to ensure that the methods employed in schools and other institutions, where resources are scarce, really engage learners and really work. Naomi loves traveling and meeting new people; when she’s not on the road she enjoys hanging out with her cats and dogs, working on her gardens, and writing stories. If you stop by and it’s a nice day, Naomi’s probably at Hammonasset State Park taking a swim.

Joe Militello | School Change Coach Read more

Joe MilitelloJoe Militello is a School Change Coach with CSSR. Throughout his 40 years of educational service, including 33 years as a building administrator, Joe has been a leader in various settings including middle level and high school administration in both urban and suburban schools.  As principal of Archie Cole Middle School in Rhode Island for 28 years, Joe worked with the faculty and community to transform their school from a traditional junior high school to a high-performing Breaking Ranks® middle school that included flexible block scheduling, teaming, and common planning time for faculty.  He also led his school to numerous awards, including being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National “Blue-Ribbon” School of Excellence in 1989, a National Drug-Free School in 1993, and a National NCLB Blue-Ribbon School in 2004.  Among his accolades, Joe was named the NASSP Rhode Island Principal of the Year in 1989 and in 1995 was presented with a National Educator Award by the Milken Foundation for his educational achievements.

Joe has also been an active member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), an organization representing over 30,000 middle level and high school Principals and Assistant Principals. As a board member and eventual president of NASSP, he worked diligently to support secondary school reform on a national level. Joe also served on the board of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals (RIASP) for over twenty years, and as RIASP president in 1993.

Joe is currently working on several CSSR projects. He provides school change coaching to Hackett Middle School in Albany, NY as part of their School Improvement Grant. He is also providing support to the Yonkers Public Schools as they implement a new teacher APPR system.

Joe has a B.S. in Education from the City College of New York, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Fordham University, and has completed all coursework for a Ed.D. in Educational Administration at Boston College. His professional interests include support for effective school leadership, new teacher and administrator evaluation systems, personalized learning strategies, student advisory programs, school scheduling and effective teaching strategies. Joe currently resides in Narragansett, Rhode Island with his wife, Donna. They enjoy the beach and camping in the summer, and skiing in the winter. Joe cherishes the time spent with this two daughters and their families, especially his three grandchildren.

Michael Nast | School Change Coach Read more

Mike NastMike Nast is a school change coach with CSSR. Mike previously served as Superintendent in Stamford, CT –  an urban district with 17,000 students – for six and a half years. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Superintendent for curriculum and professional development. In addition, Mike served for 17 years as a high school Principal of two large urban high schools – one in New Haven, CT and one in Stamford, CT. As Principal, he introduced small learning communities, established advisor/advisee groups, and 9th grade clusters.

In his work with the Education Alliance at Brown University, Mike served as a mentor to high school Principals – helping them to implement their school improvement plans, identify school reform issues, and engage in the change process. He coordinates the Administrative Preparation Internship Program for the University of Connecticut.  Mike is a specialist in helping school leaders to balance administrative priorities with curriculum, instruction and assessment initiatives. He has coordinated professional development workshops for CT Superintendents, focusing on staffing issues, safety, data analysis, and improving student achievement.

Keith Pfeifer | Assessment Specialist Read more

Keith PfeiferKeith Pfeifer is an assessment specialist with CSSR. Keith has over 27 years of experience in secondary education and has been involved in establishing advisory/advisee programs in multiple high schools. As a Superintendent, Keith has focused on standards-based education, authentic and alternative assessment, and developing secondary curriculum to prepare students for a global world.

Keith has worked with high school leaders in establishing clear and collaborative standards for faculty evaluation and improvement. Keith has numerous publications and presentations over the past thirty years. His written publications focus on improving written expression and the assessment of writing. Keith is a member of the Council of Public Secondary Schools (CPSS) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. CPSS monitors the accreditation status of over 600 public high schools in New England, and is the largest peer accreditation body in the world. Keith is an active member of AASA, ASCD and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He served two terms as the State of Maine’s CEC Foundation President. He has also served two terms on the Governor’s Council for Special Education in the State of New Hampshire. Keith has worked with multiple secondary faculties to improve performance on state assessments and strongly supports the analysis of data in improving student performance.

Keith has primarily spent his administrative career in New England but has also worked in Colorado and Pennsylvania. During his time in Pennsylvania, he helped several districts perform curriculum audits as a means of ensuring that district curriculum was aligned to state and national standards, as well as state policy. The curriculum audits helped the districts to unwrap their standards and ensure that educational delivery reached all students.

Gregg Sinner, Ph.D. | School Change Coach & Science Instructional Coach Read more

Gregg SinnerGregg Sinner is a school change coach and science instructional coach with CSSR. He is also a research scientist (molecular biology); teacher of high school science (chemistry, science inquiry); Principal of public secondary schools; and a freelance consultant for learning and schooling improvement – by design. Gregg formerly served as School Redesign Specialist at the Education Alliance at Brown University; Principal at Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA; Principal and Director of Student Inquiry and Research at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, IL; and Teacher of Science and Mathematics, then Principal, in the Charlotte County (FL) Public Schools.

Gregg has worked on CSSR projects that provide consulting for implementing advisory programs; coaching for leaders to engage in systemic organizational change; and professional development for STEM teacher inquiry learning and performance assessment. Gregg’s specialties include coaching school leadership teams to create conditions for implementing transformational redesign of learning and schools; providing teachers with professional development for inquiry learning and performance assessment; and implementing and improving advisory programs. Greggs serves as a member of the Performance Assessment Review (PAR) Board for CSSR’s federal i3 grant-funded New England Network for Personalization and Performance (The i3 NETWORK).

Gregg serves as a Community Member of the Governing Board of the Paulo Freire Freedom School-Univeristy, a public charter middle school that is part of the Tucson CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, where he is advising on student-centered schools and student-driven learning.

Gregg is coauthor of Changing Systems to Personalize Learning: The Power of Advisories (Brown University, 2003).

Gregg holds an M.Ed. in Education Supervision & Administration from Antioch NE University, a Ph.D. in molecular biology from Dartmouth College; and a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota. His professional interests revolve around leveraging what we know about the human condition, learning, and organizational change to liberate the goodness and genius of each student. Gregg lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Allison, their two rescue dogs Lois and Larry, and their rescue rock ‘n roll Amazon parrot Bruce Springsteen. Gregg’s passion is sailing; he also enjoys motorcycling, reading and studying hummingbirds.

Don Siviski | School Change Coach Read more

Don Siviski is a school change coach with CSSR, and a career educator. His career began as a middle school teacher, and includes positions as assistant principal, principal, and superintendent in districts throughout Maine. Prior to joining CSSR, Siviski was Superintendent of Instruction at the Maine Department of Education. While at the Maine DOE, he played a critical in Maine’s adoption of the Proficiency-Based Diploma: a law requiring that high school graduation be based on demonstration of proficiency.

Siviski is currently working on CSSR’s i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance, as well as the Springdale (AR) Race to the Top-District project.

Siviski holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration from the University of Maine; A B.S. in Math Physics from the University of Maine at Farmington; and a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Maine. He has also completed post-graduate study at the Leadership Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

He is committed to expanding proficiency- and performance-based education and learner-centered schools. His professional interests include working with state departments of education to promote policies that support learner-centered education.

Siviski lives with his wife of 42 years in Wiscasset, Maine. He enjoys spending time with family, including his three adult children and five grandchildren.

Keisha Stephenson Taylor, Ed.D. | School Change Coach Read more

KeishaTaylorKeisha Taylor is a school change coach with CSSR, and a former curriculum supervisor in the area of language arts and professional development. Her teaching experience was in the English content area where she served as a teacher and team facilitator on a 9th grade small learning community team. In addition, she also served as a Coalition of Essential Schools whole school reform facilitator.

Keisha has been appointed to various state advisories throughout her career. She has been a supervisor, teacher, team leader, and a school improvement coach. Keisha worked alongside her administration to improve school climate through restructuring a large comprehensive high school into small learning communities and establishing professional learning communities. In her role as a school improvement coach, she coordinated various opportunities that empowered teachers to enhance their professional growth by setting goals for students based on data driven decision-making.

Keisha’s expertise is in personalization. She has worked on a number of CSSR projects to create student advisory programs for students in grades 9-12 in which students and staff are trained in student led conferencing. Keisha has also been involved in a number of whole school redesign projects in Smaller Learning Communities schools.

Keisha holds a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Rowan University as well as a Ed.D. in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. Keisha believes that the powerful work driven by teachers on a small learning community team, as well as providing administrators and teachers with job embedded professional development to improve their instruction through collaboration, is the key to school improvement. Keisha believes that administrators, teachers, students, and community members play a vital role when making whole school change.

Jan Streubing | School Change Coach & Guidance Coach Read more

JanStreubingJan Struebing is a school change coach and guidance coach with CSSR, and the Executive Director of the National Career Academy Coalition. She is a nationally known presenter, and former educator, in the areas of Academies, Counseling, and Career & Technical Education. Throughout her lifelong career in education she has worked as a school counselor, Academy lead and school administrator.

Jan helped to develop one of the original “Teachers as Advisor” models in the country. She introduced Academies to the state of Arkansas, and developed model programs in the school system where she worked based on the National Standards of Practice for Academies. She recently served on the task force to help update and revise these very Standards.

Jan has worked on a number of CSSR’s Smaller Learning Communities grant projects. She brings to her work an expertise in getting collective buy-in from faculties and staff for school redesign initiatives. She is focused on practices like the advisory model, as well as student led conferencing, and personalized learning plans. She has created videos, curriculum, and materials that are used throughout the country.

Jan has a B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and an M.S. in Education from Loyola University New Orleans. Jan resides with her husband in Arkansas.

Ruth Whalen | Foreign Language Instructional Coach Read more


Denise Wolk | School Change Coach Read more

Denise WolkDenise Wolk is a school change coach with CSSR. She has spent more than a decade supporting districts and schools by providing PD and leadership services on student advisory design and implementation, classroom management, instructional strategies, and whole school reform in middle and high schools across the country.

Denise is driven by working with adults in middle and high schools to create structures and implement strategies to personalize the learning experience for all students. She advocates for the development of frameworks and practices that incorporate student’s social and emotional needs as part of the work of the school. She has worked with thousands of educators across the country to develop structural elements such as: student advisory programs; personal learning plans; student-led conferences; and realistic postsecondary readiness pathways for both college and careers, as well as active citizenship.

In addition to her work with CSSR, Denise is a Senior Program Associate and Director of Publications with Engaging Schools. She previously worked as a Program Associate on the Student Centered Learning Team at The Education Alliance at Brown University. Denise served on the core work group with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to write Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform (NASSP 2004), and Breaking Ranks in the Middle (NASSP, 2007).  She is also co-author of Increasing College Access through School-Based Models of Postsecondary Preparation, Planning and Support (ESR, 2009); and co-editor with Joe DiMartino of The Personalized High School (Josssey-Bass, 2010).

Denise is currently working on CSSR’s Project ExCEL in Tarrytown & Ossining, NY.

Denise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Fresno City College, and a  B.S. in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix. She lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her partner Cally, two beagles and two cats. Denise enjoys cooking, dining out in different cities around the country, and scooting on her moped when the weather is good.