Together, we want to change the environment of the professional learning community to improve and empower educators and advance the pedagogical landscape.
The inaugural meeting of the Learners Edge Research Consortium took place on September 18, 2018 hosted by Amin Marei at Longfellow Hall, Harvard University with Dr. Kenneth Wong of Brown University as moderator.
The Consortium brought together some of education's greatest minds:
As the Consortium looks ahead, the focus will be on data collection in key regions of the US and internationally, focusing on areas with high teacher shortage and attrition. The Consortium members strive to assist Learners Edge by exploring opportunities that allow for accessible, data based professional learning for educators throughout the world, with a strong focus on retention of high quality teachers and leaders.
Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor of Education Policy
Professor Wong has conducted extensive research
Amin Marei, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Professional Education
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Amin Marei is responsible for managing and developing professional education programs and strategies for K-12 teachers, with a special focus on
Elizabeth Foster, M.Ed.
Associate Director of Standards, Research, and Strategy
Elizabeth has more than 25 years of experience in research, education policy, publishing, and nonprofit leadership. She focuses on closing opportunity gaps in K-12 education by addressing
Cassandra Erkens, M.Ed.
Solution Tree Press
Cassie is a presenter, facilitator, coach, trainer of trainers, keynote speaker, author, and above all, a teacher. She presents nationally and internationally on assessment, instruction, school improvement, and professional learning communities. She has advised school districts and state education departments on school improvement and staff development. She has written and edited dozens of books and anthologies on assessment literacy,
Ben Dyson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Professor Dyson is an internationally recognized researcher in Physical Education in two related areas of scholarship: research on innovative curriculum and pedagogy and Cooperative Learning as a pedagogical practice. His school-based research has contributed to our current understanding of effective pedagogy for children’s health and well-being. He has carried out research and taught at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Memphis. Ben has presented at 90 national and international conferences, including keynote presentations in Korea, Australia, Japan, China, and Israel. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and books. In August 2018, Ben will begin a new appointment at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Caroline Wylie, Ph.D.
Research Director, Student and Teacher Research Group
Senior Research Scientist
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Dr. Wylie’s current research centers on issues around balanced assessment systems, with a focus on the use of formative assessment to improve classroom teaching and learning. She has led studies related to the creation of effective, scalable and sustainable teacher professional development, focused on formative assessment, on the formative use of diagnostic questions for classroom-based assessment, assessment literacy and on the role of learning progressions to support formative assessment in mathematics and science. Dr. Wylie has collaborated with a variety of states to support the development of evaluation frameworks and/or systems, including a project examining the validity of an observation protocol for informal science. Currently she is also the research lead for the K-12 Winsight™ Assessment System at ETS.
Joseph Wise, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Dr. Wise has a longstanding record of helping school districts, school boards, and school leaders make rapid improvements to support student achievement. Dr. Wise currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI). He is also Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Distinctive Schools, which is responsible for the management of high-performing urban public non-profit charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit. He is also Co-founder and Chief Executive of Acceleration Academies, an organization focused on providing teens and young adults who had abandoned education an opportunity to re-engage in academics—and ultimately achieve a diploma from the high school they had abandoned. His passion for all students, particularly those who are underserved and disadvantaged, drives a sense of urgency about the reforms needed to help America regain its competitive edge through the academic preparation of our nation’s children.
Beth Purvis, Ed.D.
Senior Program Director, Education & Character Program
The Kern Family Foundation
Dr. Purvis leads the Education & Character Program at The Kern Family Foundation, where she works to strengthen and forge relationships with some of the leading educational and character organizations. Purvis brings nearly 30 years of expertise in educating and developing the whole child. Purvis previously served as the Secretary of Education for the State of Illinois. While serving in this capacity, Purvis was chair of several governor-appointed councils focused on advocating for cohesive education opportunities for every child. Purvis earned her bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, her master’s degree from Columbia University, and her doctorate of education from Vanderbilt University.
Chief Executive Officer
Eric comes to Learners Edge from Birch Lake in Chicago. Eric was a Partner and Managing Director of this organization, which provides consulting and invests in public and private companies experiencing complex business situations. Prior to that, Eric was the Chief Operating Officer at Power Solutions International, Inc. Eric has over 20 years of experience at the CEO and executive level in a wide range of industries, and in small to very large businesses, including General Electric Corporation and Midwest Air Technologies.
Eric holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Harvard University.
Executive Vice President
Julie holds an elementary teaching degree, a Master’s degree in Leadership and Organization, a K-12 Reading Endorsement, and a K-12 Administrative Specialist degree. She taught in the classroom for 10 years, then worked for the Minnesota Department of Education for two years, spent the next four years as a Professional Development Coordinator training non-tenured teaching staff, and finished her final three years in public education as a Middle School Assistant Principal. Julie has spent the past 10 years Learners Edge, where she oversees content and course development and manages strategic partnerships.
Diann Huber, Ed.D.
Founder and President
As a leader in the education industry, Huber gained extensive experience in curriculum development and online instruction and expertise in state certification procedures while serving at the University of North Texas. There, Huber served as teaching fellow, lecturer, and Professional Development School Coordinator. In 2003,
Guy has held leadership positions for Pearson, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Cambium Learning. He has worked with school districts, state departments of education, and universities across the United States focused on providing products and services that positively impact education across all grade levels. He holds a B.S. in education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.