Monica Martinez

Dr. Monica Martinez

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Dr. Monica Martinez is an education strategist and consultant for philanthropy and non-profits, Senior Fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics. As an education strategist, Monica works with philanthropy, nonprofits, states, districts and schools to help them establish or codify strategic priorities and develop plans for their implementation; assist in the design, roll-out and management of ongoing or short term initiatives or programs. Her book, Deeper Learning: How Eight Public Innovative Schools are Transforming Education in the 21st Century was released June, 2014 by The New Press and has received positive reviews. Prior to this work, Martinez served as the CEO and President of the New Tech Network, a network of over 150 schools that engage in project based learning that integrates technology and the Vice President of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

In Washington, DC, Martinez was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where she founded the Washington, D.C.-based National High School Alliance, developed two projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support their work on small schools while also managing the National Clearinghouse for School Reform (NCCSR) in collaboration with the George Washington University. Preceding this, Monica worked for the University of Maryland as part of a federal grant, the National Partnership for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. Before moving to D.C., Monica was an Assistant Dean of the College for Williams College and in New York worked in the Dean’s Office, and for a Ford funded initiative, the National Urban Partnership Program.

Martinez is an international and national speaker on the topics of teaching and deeper learning, education innovation and reform, college readiness, and the future of learning.  She currently serves on the Board for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future  on the Board of Trustees (NCTAF) and 10,000 Degrees, a college access and success intermediary in California.