About Joanne McEachen
President and Chief Destiny Changer of The Learner First.
Joanne is an internationally recognized whole system education change leader; originally from New Zealand. She co-founded The Learner First™, where Joanne unashamedly focuses, inspires and motivates learners, parents, educators, communities and system leaders to put The Learner First™ and dramatically lift the performance of education systems to accelerate exactly the learners that have been left behind.
Joanne also serves as New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership. This multi-country, 1000-school initiative includes countries such as Finland, Australia, Uruguay, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Canada, and the USA.
Drawing on her deep expertise in creating change at every level of the K-12 system, Joanne has delivered numerous keynote addresses and professional learning labs to educators internationally from the USA, UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand, on topics such as; Whole System Change, Educational Leadership, Authentic Assessment, Creating New Measures for Education Systems and Educational Technology.
Prior to immigrating to the United States, Joanne worked at every level of the education system from classroom teacher, to principal, to regional manager (superintendent), to leading several whole-country change initiatives. Within these roles she was responsible for the performance and outcomes of up to 2600 schools.
Joanne is best known for her leadership in the design and implementation of a major national (Federal Government level) system realignment for the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. This multi-pronged approach included targeted change management assistance for schools, a redesign of the system for funding and allocating professional development, and the redesign of PLCs as school cluster Learning and Change Networks.
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- Community & Contribution: How Can Schools Improve Their Communities?June 18, 2019 - 3:34 pm
Communities across the United States share a common and worthy concern: how can our community improve its schools? The value we place on individuals’ education stems from the long-standing promise of the American school system that receiving an education leads to better-paying jobs, reduced inequality, and lifelong success. But despite being more highly educated than […]