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The DreamBox Learning Advisory Board

Dr. Francis Skip Fennell

Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell

Professor of Education, McDaniel College
Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Dr. Fennell is the L. Stanley Bowlsbey professor of education and Graduate and Professional Studies at McDaniel College in Maryland, where he directs the Brookhill Foundation supported Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project. A mathematics educator who has experience as a classroom teacher, principal, and supervisor of instruction, he is a past president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Research Council for Mathematics Learning (RCML), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to PreK–8 mathematics education, Dr. Fennell has also played key leadership roles for the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, National Science Foundation, and the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. He served as a writer for the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), the Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM, 2006) and for the Common Core State Standards (CCSSO, 2010). He also served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (2006-­‐2008). Dr. Fennell served as a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Commission (2012-2013) and was recently appointed to the inaugural CAEP Board of Directors. He is also currently serving as the mathematics advisor for the PBS television shows Peg + CAT and the soon to be released (October, 2014) Odd Squad.

Dr. Fennell has received numerous honors and awards, including Maryland’s Outstanding Mathematics Educator, McDaniel College’s Professor of the Year, the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the CASE – Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year – Maryland (1997), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators’ Distinguished Outstanding Teacher Educator, and, more recently, the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Dr. Catherine Twomey Fosnot

Dr. Catherine Fosnot

New Perspectives Online, New Perspectives Assessment, and New Perspectives on Learning

Cathy Fosnot is Professor Emerita of Childhood Education, CCNY and the City University of New York, where she was the founding director of Mathematics in the City, an internationally-recognized center for math professional development, K-8. She has authored, edited, and/or co-authored numerous books on mathematics education, among them, Making Moments Matter: Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work (New Perspectives, available through Amazon.com), Models of Intervention in Mathematics Education: Reweaving the Tapestry (NCTM and Pearson),  Young Mathematicians at Work (a series of 4 books on numeracy and algebra published by Heinemann in the U.S. and distributed in Canada by Pearson), Learning to Support Young Mathematicians at Work (Heinemann),  A Parent’s Guide to Math Education in Today’s Schools (New Perspectives, available through Amazon.com), Reconstructing Math Education (Teachers College Press), Constructivism: Theory, Perspectives and Practice (Teachers College Press) and Enquiring Teachers, Enquiring Learners (Teachers College Press.)  Cathy is also the author of the widely-recognized k-6 supplemental math series, Contexts for Learning Mathematics, including 10 illustrated children’s books.

Cathy currently is the CEO and President of New Perspectives on Learning, a company devoted to the production of state of the art materials for the 21st Century. In 2015, Cathy expanded the work to incorporate the use of digital technologies for personalized professional support, and formative assessment, with the addition of two new companies: New Perspectives Assessment and New Perspectives Online.

Early in her career, Cathy was the recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Association for Educational Communication and Technology for her writing on technology and education. The American Educational Research Association/ Special Interest Group on Constructivism, has twice awarded her their “significant contribution” award, and in 2005 she received the Teacher of the Year award from CCNY.  She has been an advisor to DreamBox Learning since its inception.

Julie Young

Julie Young

Global Personalized Academics

Julie Young is the Deputy Vice President of Education Outreach and Student Services for Arizona State University, and the CEO of ASU Prep Digital High School. Julie is the leading voice for revolutionizing K-12 online education on the global stage. As the founding, President and CEO of Florida Virtual School she and her team grew the organization from a handful of students in 1996 to a highly acclaimed online school using personalized, next generation learning solutions. Young and her team grew FLVS into a diversified, worldwide organization creatively serving over 2 million students in 50 states and 68 countries worldwide.

Among many recognitions, Julie is the distinguished recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, she was featured in Digital Learning’s Converge Yearbook as a top 50 innovator, named Technology & Learning Top 30 Influencers in Ed Tech, 2010 and received the Florida Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award. Julie started her career as an elementary educator, and continues to use that lens today as she designs internationally connected and engaging models of education, that keep students at the center.

Julie continues to put her expertise as the leading authority on virtual and online education to use as she advises a number of entrepreneurial education and technology organizations including, USDLA, iNACOL, WGU, DreamBox Learning and beyond.

Julie graduated with a MEd from the University of South Florida following her undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky. She and her husband Bruce have been married for 36 years and have two sons, two beautiful daughter-in-law’s, and one amazing grandson. Her passion and desire to see all students succeed is the motivating factor behind all she does.

Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Howard University

Crystal Brown, a seasoned communications leader, currently serves as the vice president and chief communications officer for Howard University. She has spent the greater part of her career leading award-winning communications campaigns for some of the nation’s leading education-focused corporations, non-profit organizations, and foundations. As vice president for communications at National Geographic, Brown oversees marketing, brand, media relations, crisis communications, and reputation management. Serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, she advises senior university leadership on a wide range of internal and external communication matters.

Prior to her current post, Brown served as chief communications officer for the University of Maryland. In this role she had responsibility for the central communications office, served as spokesperson for the university, and developed strategic communications initiatives to advance the reputation of the university locally, nationally, and internationally.

Brown has also previously held leadership positions at Widmeyer Communications and E-Luminate Group PR. During her years of service as a communications consultant she specialized in education technology and helped raise the national profile of many companies and advocacy organizations including Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Dell, LeapFrog, Blackboard, and the NEA.

Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communications Skills. She currently serves as immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for the National Education Association Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board for DreamBox Learning.

Gina Burkhardt

Gina Burkhardt

Education and Organizational Consultant

Burkhardt’s expertise includes business development, organizational and leadership development, system design and change, education and workforce reform and improvement, evaluation, policy and the application of research to policy and practice.

Gina Burkhardt currently is an independent education and organization consultant.  Previously she served as President and CEO of Jobs for the Future, a national not-for-profit organization with offices in Boston, MA and Oakland, CA. JFF creates solutions that catalyze change in education and workforce delivery systems to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed.

Prior to joining JFF, Burkhardt was the executive vice president of AIR, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR, a not-for-profit organization, conducts and applies research in the areas of education, health, international development, and work and training to improve people’s lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. As director of AIR’s Education program from 2010 through 2014, Burkhardt was responsible for over 500 employees and a $100 million annual budget.

In 2004, as CEO, she led the transformation of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory to Learning Point Associates, a highly successful nonprofit education research and consulting organization serving states, districts, foundations, corporations, and the federal government. Learning Point Associates merged with AIR in August 2010.

A lifelong educator, Burkhardt began her career as a middle school mathematics and science teacher in upstate New York. Since then, she has held positions in higher education, managed school reform projects at the regional educational laboratories, and consulted nationally and internationally on education policy and practice as well as education system design. Burkhardt completed her doctoral coursework in educational psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed coursework in the Executive Education Program at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has authored publications, including a book on organizational change, and has given multiple presentations on 21st century learning environments, data-driven decision making, organizational change theory, and the application of effective research and development in education. She currently holds and has held several professional appointments, including serving as a board member for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, Editorial Projects in Education, which publishes Education Week, Knowledge Alliance, and Manufacturing Renaissance.