Joanne, an internationally recognized education thought leader in Authentic Systemic Change. She is the CEO/Founder of The Learner First and she serves as Global New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), a multi country initiative focused on transforming systems.
Joanne’s leadership supports systems in making sense of what works and what doesn’t. She supports designing what works for all the people within the system.
Drawing on her deep expertise in creating change at every level of the K-12 system, Joanne has led the design and implementation of major realignment in education systems around the world. In one system, her multi-pronged approach included targeted change management assistance for schools, a redesign of the system for funding and allocating Professional Learning and Development, and the redesign of Professional Learning Communities to Learning and Change Networks. Within these roles she was responsible for the performance and outcomes of up to 2,600 schools. In another the support creating was an authentic way of measuring meaningful progress. Joanne works internationally in the assessment and measuring space and is sought after for her work in leading the team, designing and co-authoring The Suite of Tools and the New Measures for NPDL.
Joanne has experience at all layers of the education system: as a teacher, principal, Superintendent, a whole system leader at the Ministry of Education. She understands the issues that many systems face and can provide crystal clarity and options for finding the right solutions within the system itself.
She believes that our work is powerful, and to be sustainable, change must be done with the people, for the people and by the people. By understanding each other as people, she can build cohesive school and system change processes, creating a safe space to dig deeply into underlying beliefs to we can affect genuine change for the learners who need it.
Joanne is the author of four books, multiple white and working papers, and is a renowned speaker across the globe. She is known for the ability to connect, at an authentic level and work alongside systems—all the way through to outcomes for every learner.