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Rasheedah L. Cooperwood ClarkRasheedah L. Cooperwood Clark is the Culture and Climate Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. In her role she works directly with Priority and Focus Schools and is responsible for creating and implementing sustainable climate and culture systems that support increased student achievement, as well as supporting a cohort of school-level climate and culture employees. Ms. Cooperwood Clark has had a 13-year career in education. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. Cooperwood Clark held several positions, including as a teacher in Buffalo, NY for the Catholic Diocese of Western New York, a middle school teacher and school leader intern for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, founding dean of students for Achievement First Hartford Academy, a teacher for the Cobb County School District in the Greater Atlanta Area, and assistant director of education for Sylvan Learning Center. Ms. Cooperwood Clark earned a B.A. in African American Studies and Secondary Social Studies Education from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix. She is currently a second- year doctoral student majoring in Educational Leadership at the University of Phoenix-National. In her spare time Ms. Cooperwood Clark enjoys traveling with her six-year-old and three-year-old, reading, and listening to live music.
Diane Campbell Hathaway is a State Turnaround Coach for Camden City School District in the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. In her role, Diane will be supporting five new principals and one comprehensive high school. Prior to coming to RAC 6, Diane served as one of Pennsylvania's Distinguished Educators as a coach and turnaround specialist. She also served as assistant superintendent of the Northwest Region and Regional Superintendent of the West Region in Philadelphia, where she increased the number of schools making Adequate Yearly Progress from 7 to 20 out of 30 in less than 18 months. Her success was due in part to supporting principals in their role as instructional leaders, doing collaborative planning with peers, and using strategies learned during her tenure as a principal. While principal, Hill-Freedman Middle School received many awards and recognition for technology, Best Practices and academic progress, including becoming Philadelphia's first NCLB Blue Ribbon School in 2006. She was additionally honored to present Best Practices on use of data before other Blue Ribbon Schools during the ceremony. The Blue Ribbon panel later did a three-day mini study on the successful practices at her school. The report appears on the U.S. Department of Education's site.http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2006/profiles/index.html#hill Diane received her B. A. and M.A. from Temple University. She has taught at Gwynedd Mercy College and Arcadia University. Diane is a member of the Blazers Ski Club.
Anjali Kulkarni is a Project Manager for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. In her role she is responsible for managing projects and assisting in and monitoring the Priority and Focus Schools' implementation of their individualized School Improvement Plans. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. Kulkarni spent five years in public education in New York City where she most recently served as special assistant to Cami Anderson, where she supported policy initiatives and reform efforts for the NYC Department of Education's 60,000 alternative education students. She began her career in education as a New York City Teaching Fellow in Brooklyn, New York. As a middle school special education teacher, she had a high-achieving class with over 90% of her students passing the state tests. After two years in the classroom, she moved to a role as a program director at Teach For America, where she supported 40 special education teachers throughout Harlem and the Bronx. Ms. Kulkarni earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her M.A. from Pace University, and her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Lennox is the Secondary Literacy Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. Lennox worked at KIPP Academy Lynn in Massachusetts as a 5th grade reading teacher. During her four years there, she served as a reading specialist, reading department head, and grade-level chair. Student MCAS standardized test scores were in the top 20% in the state and the student growth rate was in the top 10%. Elizabeth spent much of her day coaching teachers, leading professional development, and working directly with students. Her career in education as a Teach For America Corps member in Miami Dade County, where she worked as an intensive reading teacher for grades 6-8. Ms. Lennox earned her B.A. from Boston College.
Briean Madden is the Elementary Literacy Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. Madden worked at Cranberry Pines in Medford Township Public School District as a reading specialist. During her time there, she served striving readers and writers, provided district-level professional learning for LAL, coached teachers, and spent countless hours writing district curricula in reading and writing. Ms. Madden began her teaching career in at Bonsall Family School in Camden where she taught for seven years. Ms. Madden earned her M.A. in Reading Education from Rowan University and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Rowan University. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, gardening, and coaching her son's and daughter's soccer teams.
Alexis Morgan is the State Interventionist/Special Education Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. Prior to joining the RAC team, she was a special education teacher in Camden City School District. During her time in Camden, Ms. Morgan was a professional development trainer, curriculum writer, and data leader. Ms. Morgan earned her Master's Degree in Special Education and Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her goals for the upcoming year are to improve the instructional programs and educational outcomes for students with disabilities.
Ashley McGrath is a Project Manager for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. Prior to joining the RAC team, Ms. McGrath taught science and math in the School District of Philadelphia. In addition to teaching, she was a member of the school's leadership team, facilitated professional development, led peer coaching sessions and assisted in the creation and implementation of a positive behavior support system that led to the school's removal from the PA Schools "Persistently Dangerous Schools" list. Ms. McGrath has worked with both Teach for America (TFA) and the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows to screen new teacher candidates. She developed and delivered a science professional development series to first- and second-year TFA corps members. Ms. McGrath has worked with TNTP/Philadelphia Teaching Fellows to provide new teacher professional development that focused on the successful implementation of prioritized instructional launch skills, in addition to training seasonal staff members to execute effective modeling and feedback conversations. Ms. McGrath holds a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University and a M.S. Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrea Oettinger is a Mathematics Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. In her role, she will revamp the mathematics vision, curriculum, instruction, and course sequence in grades K-12, supported by intense professional development. Prior to working in Camden, Andrea was a researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. At CPRE, she studied how teachers use formative assessment to guide their instruction in the area of mathematics. Andrea started her career as an elementary school teacher from 2000-2007 in the Denver Public Schools. She is currently finishing a doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania in Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education and has a Master's degree in Education Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Arliss Prass is the Climate and Culture Specialist for the NJDOE's Region 6 Regional Achievement Center. In her role, Arliss services 26 schools in the Camden City School District. She and her team are responsible for analyzing school-wide organizational health survey results and student survey results and identifying and prioritizing critical areas that most directly impact the school's climate and culture in order to create plans targeted at addressing the needs of the most vital areas. In addition, she and her team will develop processes that aid in achieving school-specific improvement goals and review district-wide attendance reports to identify schools that are struggling with chronic absenteeism to help them implement targeted interventions. She and her team will also analyze existing discipline data and create interventions to address discipline issues, as well as assess the professional development needs of schools and recommend a plan for support. Prior to joining the Regional Achievement Center Arliss worked at the Achievement First Network in Brooklyn, New York where she gained recognition as a Distinguished Teacher through their teacher evaluation system. Arliss graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earned her M.A. at Florida International University.
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