Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows

ANNOUNCING Jobs for the Future’s Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows

Nine visible and impactful leaders named as Distinguished Fellows to enhance student-centered learning’s quality and uptake in schools and other learning environments

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Meet our Distinguished Fellows

Each of the Fellows brings a background of exceptional vision and impact on the student-centered learning movement in the New England region. They exemplify life-long learners with a passion to grow and share knowledge using research and evidence.

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The Students at the Center initiative at Jobs for the Future is excited to announce the inaugural cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. The fellows are a diverse group of nine leaders in policy, practice, and research from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. Learn more >

The first cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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Arthur Eduardo Baraf

Arthur Eduardo Baraf

Arthur Eduardo Baraf has been a high school principal for over ten years—for the past eight years at The Met, an innovative public school in Providence RI, which has been noted by President Obama as a model…

Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra

Dana L. Mitra is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Dana has published over 30 papers and…

Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca

Frank LaBanca is a teacher, educational researcher, and change agent. He is the Founding Principal of Danbury Connecticut’s Westside Middle School Academy Magnet, which opened in September…

Jennifer Fredricks

Jennifer Fredricks

Jennifer Fredricks is Professor of Human Development at Connecticut College where she also directs the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. She has published over 50 journal articles…

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the Director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, part of Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. CIRCLE is a nonpartisan research…

Kim Carter

Kim Carter

Kim Carter is the Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation, an organization of adults and youth working together to create and sustain student-centered learning communities. The 1991 New…

Lori Batista McEwen

Lori Batista McEwen

Lori Batista McEwen is outgoing Chief of Instruction, Leadership, and Equity for the Providence Public School Department providing leadership, vision, and strategic direction for curriculum, instruction, assessment and school improvement…

Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance

Mary Bellavance’s career as an educator includes 11 years as a classroom teacher and 15 years in roles such as literacy specialist, literacy coach and instructional coach in southern Maine. Mary is the current…

Michelle L. Puhlick

Michelle L. Puhlick

Michelle L. Puhlick is the Executive Director of Planning & Partnerships for Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut where she leads the development of partnerships and implementation of major…

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About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of nine leaders in policy, practice, and research from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions, and impact in the student-centered learning movement in the region. The Fellows’ overarching goals are:

  1. to investigate, use, and promote effective renditions of student-centered learning (i.e., personalized, competency-based, student-owned, and anytime-anywhere) in the New England region and beyond; and
  2. to communicate research findings in ways that makes them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

Along with four research teams to be announced this fall and a group of prominent national advisors, the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows comprise core members of the newly formed Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative. With thought leadership and anchor funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is a bold new effort to investigate and evaluate what we know about student-centered learning within and beyond school walls, and then leverage that knowledge to affect meaningful change at scale.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

The first cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellow s is generously funded by The Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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