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News Release: Educators Rising announces Standards Committee members

February 01, 2016


Contact: Dan Brown
(703) 988-4042

The committee will back-map the road to accomplished teaching into the secondary space

WASHINGTON – February 1, 2016 – Educators Rising today announced its Standards Committee members, composed of 12 highly experienced education professionals tasked with developing Educators Rising Standards for what secondary students should know and be able to do in order to be on a coherent path to accomplished teaching.

The committee, which represents a diverse cross-section of educators from across the country, will follow the standards development process and protocols developed by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The Standards Committee is powered by a partnership between Educators Rising and the National Education Association (NEA), which last month announced a $250,000 grant award to be used specifically for the development of Educators Rising Standards.

"All students deserve highly skilled, well prepared teachers. Period. Full stop,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “The Educators Rising Standards will provide a much-needed bedrock for important grow-your-own teacher recruitment programs across the country. NEA is proud to stand with Educators Rising in this endeavor, and we know the committee’s work will help elevate the teaching profession to benefit communities and students across the country.”

The Standards Committee members include eight National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), six NEA members and two teachers who have been named State Teacher of the Year:

  • Doretha Allen, NBCT; Texas; K-12 Literacy Academic Facilitator
  • Melissa Collins, NBCT; Tennessee; Elementary School Teacher and America Achieves Lead Fellow
  • Jaime Festa-Daigle, NBCT; Arizona; High School Teacher and School-Based Administrator
  • Roberta Goff; West Virginia; High School Teacher
  • Francisca Jensen, NBCT; Oklahoma; Early Childhood Education Teacher
  • Dat Le, NBCT; Virginia; Science Supervisor, Arlington Public Schools
  • Leah Lechleiter-Luke; Wisconsin; High School Teacher
  • Meg Manugo, NBCT; Virginia; English Teachers and Career and Technical Education Teacher
  • Lynne Olmos, NBCT; Washington; Middle and High School Teacher
  • Selina Riley-Gurganus, NBCT; North Carolina; Duplin County School-Based Administrator
  • Lee-Ann Stephens; Minnesota; Racial Equity Coach; American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Member
  • Daniel Weidner; Illinois; District-based Administrator

“This is groundbreaking work for a strong front end of the teaching pipeline,” said Educators Rising Co-Director Dan Brown, a National Board Certified Teacher. “Over 60 percent of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to high school, which makes it vital for every community to invest in growing their own great teachers today. Educators Rising standards, coming from the profession and for the profession, will provide clarity on how to start that crucial work early.”

Educators Rising Standards will be published in May 2016. Between February 2016 and May 2016, the Standards Committee will meet four times for four full days in length per meeting.

Once completed, the standards will serve as the basis for developing micro-credential assessments of key competencies, as well as a forthcoming Educators Rising Academy curriculum. The micro-credentials will be developed in partnership with Digital Promise and released in September 2016.

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About Educators Rising

Educators Rising, powered by PDK International, is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference—not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly. Learn more at