Chief Learning Officer and Founder

Dr. Paul Bloomberg is the founder and Chief Learning Officer for the Core Collaborative, a learning network that specializes in student-centered approaches to learn­ing. Paul is the co-author of the best-selling book, Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy, published by Corwin Press. 

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Sarah Stevens lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. She is the National Director of Professional Learning for The Core Collaborative assisting districts across the United States and the TCC team in creating a synergy of systems to empower those who matter most- the students.

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Chair and Professor of the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Alan is also the founding Executive Editor of the new Sage Journal Educational Neuroscience.

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Lisa Cebelak is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative.  Lisa has experience working with elementary and secondary teachers, support staff, principals, and curriculum directors.

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Lori Cook is a partner consultant with The Core Collaborative. Her passion is to help teacher’s be amazing instructors.

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Dr. Floyd Cobb is an adjunct faculty member with the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

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Isaiah McGee is a leading partner with Equity and Justice Consulting
LLC, a consulting, training, and coaching firm focused on professionals,

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Dr. Carol Cronk is a Partner Consultant for The Core Collaborative. Carol's passion is mathematics. She has served a variety of roles in mathematics leadership, education and professional development. Read More

Tony Francoeur serves as the Chief Financial Officer of The Core Collaborative. In this role, Tony is responsible for internal audit and controls, financial reporting and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and procurement. 

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Rachel Carillo-Fairchild is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative. Rachel brings with her 19 years of education experience. She has been a classroom teacher, mathematics coach and resource teacher as well as a school leader.

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Brian Tash is a mathematics professional development specialist who is currently a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative.

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Kara Vandas is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative.  Kara works with districts and schools around the country to implement processes and practices that best support student learning.

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Dr. Jamie Valenzuela-Mumau, Ed.D. is a Partner Consultant with The Core Collaborative. He supports much of the core work which includes: EmpowerEd Learners, Impact Teams, and Student-Centered Curriculum Design.

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Katie Smith

Partner Consultant

Katherine (Katie) Smith serves a partner consultant for The Core Collaborative. She brings experience concerning social studies instruction, curriculum development, and assessment literacy. She has served as a Social Studies Department Chair, High School Curriculum Coordinator, and an Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction in Chicago Public Schools.  Read more

Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator.

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For the past 8 years Trent Hall has been facilitating conversations on contentious topics as a Penn State Facilitator and Trainer.

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Marisol Quevedo Rerucha

Partner Consultant

Marisol Quevedo Rerucha is an educational leader who doesn't just talk about equity, social justice, trauma informed care, generational poverty and restorative practices, but has both lived experience and a proven record of doing this work while leading change in TK-12 traditional and charter school systems. Read More

Tom Hierck

Learner-Centered Grading Thought Leader

Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and many roles in public education. His experiences as a teacher, administrator, district leader, department of education project leader, and executive director have provided a unique context for his education philosophy. Read more

Garth Larson

Learner-Centered Grading Thought Leader

Garth Larson, Ed.D is the Co-Founder and President of FIRST Educational Resources, CEO of Challenging Learning USA, and serves as part-time Director of Educator Effectiveness for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin. Read More

Becky Peppler

Learner-Centered Grading Partner Consultant

Becky Peppler has 13 years of professional experience in public education, working in the Winneconne Community School District. Read More

Michael McDowell, Ed.D.

Rigorous PBL by Design Partner Consultant

Dr. McDowell is a national presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership and innovation who has provided professional development services to large school districts, State Departments of Education, and higher education.  Read More

Ashley Duvall

Partner Consultant

Ashley Duvall has served as an Elementary Innovation and Learning Coach for the Liberty Public Schools (MO) for the past 7 years.  Read More

Brad Weinstein

Hacking School Discipline Partner Consultant

Brad Weinstein is an educational influencer, author, and speaker from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a co-author of the Washington Post Bestseller Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice.  Read More

Kelley S. Miller

Rigorous PBL Partner Consultant

Kelley S. Miller is a district instructional coach for secondary schools and works closely with Hinge Education to bring forward Rigorous Problem and Project Based Learning and Leadership to school systems around the world.  Read More

Aaron Eisberg

Rigorous PBL Partner Consultant

Mr. Eisberg currently works as the Learning Coordinator for the Center for Excellence at New Technology High School and with Hinge Education to bring forward Rigorous Problem and Project Based Learning and Leadership to school systems around the world.  Read More

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Barb Pitchford is a best-selling author of Leading Impact Teams, Building a Culture of Efficacy. During her 30 plus years in public education Barb has worked at all school levels – high, middle, and elementary, as a teacher, counselor and principal. 

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David Horton is a lifelong educator and author of “Leading School Teams: Building Trust to Promote Student Learning”. He has served as an Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services…Read More

Isaac is the Assistant Director of Professional Learning at The Core Collaborative. Prior to working at the Collaborative, he worked as a School Improvement Specialist and Instructional Coach for Henderson County Public Schools in North Carolina. 

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Brian Roy

Executive Director of Learning Partnerships

Brian is the Executive Director of Learning Partnerships for The Core Collaborative. He supports districts across the United States along with The Core Collaborative team in strategically creating learner-centered frameworks that are the blueprint for student achievement and continuous improvement. Read More

John Krownapple specializes in facilitating professional learning and organizational development focused on social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

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Ivan Alba is a Mathematics and Leadership Consultant working with several large consulting firms as well as his own business. Being focused on current best practices in mathematics education....

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Drew is a highly sought after speaker, consultant and coach who serves as a catalyst for schools and purpose driven organizations. He helps people tap into their potential laden power to change the world.

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