Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows

The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is delighted to introduce our second cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. These six outstanding education leaders have demonstrated longstanding commitments to using student-centered approaches in their practice, are committed to the struggle for educational equity, and believe in the power of research-driven classrooms and schools to improve student outcomes.

During their 2018-2020 term, Distinguished Fellows will work closely with researchers engaged in the Research Collaborative’s active studies as well as its cohort of youth researchers, communicating the impact of research-informed, student-centered practices in school, and designing projects that apply research in practice in their own schools.

Meet the second cohort of Distinguished Fellows below!

Arria Coburn

Arria Coburn

Arria Coburn is the principal of The Springfield Renaissance School, a 6-12 STEM magnet school in Springfield, Massachusetts, that is part of the EL Education network. She has over thirteen years of experience in urban…

Darius Green

Darius Green

Dr. Darius S. Green, who started his career in Boston Public Schools as a paraprofessional and then as a mathematics educator, is currently an assistant principal at…

Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley

Ellen Foley has been a Mathematics Learning Facilitator at 360 High School in Providence, Rhode Island, since the school’s founding in 2015. Prior to becoming a classroom teacher, she did research…

Justin Norton

Justin Norton

Justin Norton is an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Boston Latin Academy in Boston, Massachusetts. A 2009 graduate of the Boston Teacher Residency, Justin has 10 years of experience as…

Kathy Maddock

Kathy Maddock

Kathy Maddock is a social studies teacher at Souhegan High School in Souhegan, New Hampshire, where she has taught for 20 years. For the past six years, Kathy has also served as coordinator for…

Mona Ford Walker

Mona Ford Walker

Mona Ford Walker has been principal of the Winship Elementary School in Brighton, Massachusetts, for the past four years. At the Winship Elementary School, a 2018 Massachusetts School of Recognition, she proudly…

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About the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows are a diverse group of education leaders 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 make them actionable and accessible for policymakers and practitioners to maximize students’ academic achievement, particularly for those students who have been historically underserved.

The Distinguished Fellows work alongside research teams, youth researchers, and other key partners of the Research Collaborative to build the evidence base for student-centered learning and to bridge research, practice, and policy.

Learn more about the Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

Meet the First Cohort of Distinguished Fellows (2016-2018)

Along with four research teams and a group of prominent national advisors, the inaugural cohort of the Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows comprised core members of the then-newly formed Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

Meet the First Cohort of Distinguished Fellows

The Students at the Center Distinguished Fellowship is generously funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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