President, National Commission on Teaching and America's future
Melinda George, President, leads NCTAF’s charge to build a research-based framework of policies and practices that ensures every child has access to a competent, caring teacher in a school organized for success. Under Melinda’s leadership, NCTAF works to achieve the vision that all students will have equal access to effective teaching and opportunity that optimizes learning and realizes future success academically and economically.
Melinda oversees NCTAF’s research, policy, and implementation projects, develops and maintains strategic partnerships, and provides thought leadership about teaching for the 21st century. Melinda served as NCTAF’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2013.
Prior to NCTAF, Melinda was the Senior Director of Education Strategic Relations at PBS, where she developed national partnerships and oversaw the development of PBS TeacherLine, an online professional development service. From 2002-2006, Melinda was the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Melinda served as a national spokesperson on education technology and was instrumental in developing collaborative resources and opportunities for state educational technology leaders.
Earlier in her career, Ms. George was a 4th and 5th grade teacher in D.C. Public Schools. She also developed the state education technology advocacy program for the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA). She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from The American University and received her Bachelors in American Culture from Vassar College.
Setting the Scene: 10:15am