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Introducing the 23/24 Leading Change Network Leadership Team

Education transformation takes a collective. That’s why KnowledgeWorks is bringing together education changemakers to create a stronger network of supports for those leading learner-centered systems change.

Leading Change Network Steering Committee

Members of the inaugural Leading Change Network Steering Committee will play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of the Leading Change Network. Through a one-year commitment, these educators will grow a national professional learning community focused on leading in personalized, competency-based systems and collectively advocate for more equitable, student-centered education systems.

Mr. Scott Bess

Founder and Special Projects Director
Purdue Polytechnic High School
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. Carmen Coleman

Chief of Transformational Learning and Leading
Ohio Valley Education Cooperative
Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Brenda Diaz

Dual Executive Principal
Nashville Big Picture High School and Metro Nashville Virtual School
Nashville, Tennessee

Mr. Hector Estrada

Senior Program Manager, Whole Schools Model
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Jeni Gotto

Deputy Superintendent
Westminster Public Schools
Westminster, Colorado

Ms. Christina Guevara

Director of Academics
Spectrum Academy
Salt Lake City, Utah

Mr. Robert Knisely

Perry Middle School
Perry, Ohio

Ms. Casey Lefler

Instructional Integration Specialist
Rock Hill School District
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Dr. Sonn Sam

National Director of Partnerships
Big Picture Learning (Florida)

Dr. Cory Steiner

Northern Cass School District
Hunter, North Dakota

Ms. Kristen Watkins

Director of Personalized Learning
Akiba Yavneh Academy
Dallas, Texas

Online Community Facilitator

Ian McDougall

History Teacher and Edtech Coach
Yuma Union High School District
Yuma, Arizona

Ian McDougall serves as a part-time online community facilitator for the Leading Change Professional Learning Community (PLC), an online hub connecting more than 500 learner-centered educators from across the country. In this role, Ian will help educators connect with peers and resources, facilitate virtual meetups and oversee short-term cohort learning opportunities for educators.

As we embark on this exciting journey, we look forward to the invaluable contributions of our committee members, who will guide us toward innovative solutions and transformative practices. Together, we aim to create a dynamic network that empowers leaders and educators to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of educational change.

Stay tuned for updates and exciting developments as we work together to make a lasting impact on the future of education.