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Ron Berger

EL Education
Chief Academic Officer
Amherst, MA

Ron is the Chief Academic Officer for the non-profit school improvement network EL Education, a national network of over 160 public project-based schools in 30 states. EL helps to found public high schools in low-income communities - district and charter - that send all graduates to college, and help to transform existing public schools K-12 toward high student achievement, character and citizenship. Their work is centered on professional development and resources to raise teacher capacity. Ron was a public school teacher and carpenter in rural Massachusetts for 25 years. His writing and speaking focus on inspiring quality and character in students, specifically through project-based learning, original scientific and historical research, service learning, and the infusion of arts. He works closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he did his graduate work and now teach a course that focuses on high-quality student work. He has authored six books, An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality; and with EL colleagues, Leaders of Their Own Learning, Transformational Literacy, Management in the Active Classroom, and Learning That Lasts.