KnowledgeWorks CEO Judy Peppler to Retire in June


After five years of leading the national education organization, KnowledgeWorks CEO Judy Peppler announced she will retire at the end of June.After five years of leading the national education organization, KnowledgeWorks CEO Judy Peppler announced she will retire at the end of June.

“I couldn’t be prouder of all that we have accomplished together and know that I leave the organization in great hands,” said Peppler. “We have built a strong, integrated KnowledgeWorks team that is transforming classroom and community experiences to better meet the needs of all students. It is because of the strength of this team, my confidence in the strategy we are pursuing and our Board’s commitment to continuing this important work that I will be able to step away knowing that the organization is in a strong position to make the difference in the education system nationally that we all desire.”

Under Peppler’s leadership, KnowledgeWorks strengthened its position as a national thought leader in personalized learning. Over the past five years, KnowledgeWorks has advanced personalized, competency-based learning in districts across the nation through an integrated focus on exploring the future of learning, growing educator capacity and impact, working with state and federal policymakers, and helping schools and communities to grow a system-wide approach to sustain student-centered practices.

“We are thankful for Judy’s transformational leadership and vision over the past five years,” said KnowledgeWorks Board Chairman, Steven Minter. “Our Board of Directors fully supports the vision, strategy and direction defined by Judy and her team and we look forward to continuing that work to improve the learning experience for students across our nation.”

The KnowledgeWorks Board of Directors has formed a search committee and will be hiring a search firm to conduct a national search for Peppler’s successor.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personalized learning that empowers all students to take ownership of their success.

With more than 50 professionals working in 11 states, KnowledgeWorks is uniquely positioned to transform cradle to career education because we’re the only organization that simultaneously engages in strategic forecasting, governmental advocacy and working directly with schools. Throughout our 20-year history, we’ve been passionate about collaborating to create a system-wide approach that grows and sustains student-centered practices – all to equip learners for career and life success.

Through customized professional development, in-depth research such as forecasts on the future of learning and federal education policy guidance and state-level ESSA implementation support, KnowledgeWorks has created opportunities for more than 135,000 students in 20 states through competency-based learning and early