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Advisory Board

The CompetencyWorks Advisory Board is designed to ensure that we approach competency education from many different perspectives:

  • Students on track to graduation and over-age, undercredited students that may be out of school
  • Traditional school environments, blended learning, and online schools
  • School, district, state and national perspectives
  • Urban and rural
  • Multi-state

We are grateful to the leadership, creativity, and expertise that the advisory board brings to our work. They are all working day in and day out on competency education in their own communities and networks, yet find the time to contribute to building our national capacity.


Pam Birtolo   Florida Virtual School
Steve Bowen 
  Council of Chief State School Officers
Betsy Brand American Youth Policy Forum
Laurie Gagnon Center for Collaborative Education
Rose Colby Competency Based Learning & Assessment Specialist
Sandra Dop   Iowa Department of Education
Akili Moses Israel   DiplomaPlus
Paul Leather 
  New Hampshire Department of Education
JoEllen Lynch 
  Springpoint Schools
Beth Miller 
  Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Katherine Nielson   National Governors Association
Linda Pittenger 
  Council of Chief State School Officers
Jim Rickabaugh 
  CESA 1, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Rick Schreiber   Re-Inventing Schools Coalition
Don Siviski 
  Maine Department of Education
Diane Smith 
  Business Education Compact
Charles Toulmin   Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Rebecca Wolfe   Jobs for the Future
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