Center for College & Career Readiness

Kevin Baird, Chairman & Senior Faculty

Kevin A dynamic speaker and consultant, Mr. Baird is a noted leader in organizational change focused upon improved College & Career Readiness outcomes. He is an expert in the use of educational technology, emerging media, and school improvement reform processes. Mr. Baird’s practice includes work with governments around the globe, State Departments of Education, as well as school districts large and small. Mr. Baird is an expert in global management processes and has implemented educational research on several continents.

Kevin’s primary areas of practice are leadership development and systemic improvement using data for differentiated instruction and direct support for teachers. He is the creator and author of The Consistency and Constancy Framework for School Leadership. Mr. Baird consults, trains and leads graduate-level courses, including the Common Core Black Belt Certification program, to support district leadership, boards of education, principals, and staff development coaches as they create capacity for sustainable, student-centered improvement with measurable, replicable outcomes.

Kevin Baird holds an MBA in Global Management, Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Anthropology, serves as a member of the Secretary’s Circle of Phi Beta Kappa, is a Beinecke National Scholar and a Wingspread Scholar, and supports global education efforts through EdLead: The Baird Fund for Education.

Michael J. Rush, Executive Director & Senior Faculty

Mr. Rush has taught grades four through twelve in the areas of Social Studies, mathematics, and Language Arts. Mr. Rush was also an adjunct professor at Indiana University teaching graduate courses in instructional technology. He received his Masters degree from Ball State University in 1977 and conducted advanced degree work at Purdue University in curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in gifted education. Mr. Rush worked for the Indiana Department of Education in the area of Innovative Education and as the consultant for educational technology. Mr. Rush was a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education, evaluating projectswhich were seeking dissemination grants. For two years Mr. Rush was a consultant for the Children’s Television Workshop supporting the development and promotion of educational programs. In 1987, Mr. Rush wrote and received his first of three grants from the National Science Foundation.

Mr. Rush served as the director of the Institute for Science and Technologywhich received over $2 million in support from the NSF, Eli Lilly and Company, Dow Chemical, Purdue University, and the Indiana Department of Education. Mr. Rush was also the President of INTEC Consulting, Inc. an educational consulting company that provided high levels of support to schools, districts, and departments of education throughout the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Rush joined Collaborative Learning, Inc. in 2003 as the Vice President of Professional Development where he designed and implemented a large set of work sessions around curriculum refinement and standards-based grading/assessment. Mr. Rush is currently serving as the Chief Academic Officer or Collaborative Learning, Inc. and as the Executive Director of the Curriculum Improvement Institute.

Larry Hahn, Executive Director at the Common Core Institute & Senior Faculty

Larry Hahn has been an educator since 1982. One of his earliest accomplishments included becoming the youngest principal in Texas at the age of 24. Larry led the way in helping raise student achievement throughout 13 years as a school administrator, which included a remarkable increase of 32% in reading test scores in just two year’s time.

Over the past twelve years Larry has trained and helped motivate thousands of educators in ways to improve teaching and learning, including using the power of data to impact student results.

Using his educational experiences, Larry speaks to educational audiences about how to make a difference in the lives of children, through learning and helping educators focus on “what works.”

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Janet Rummel, Vice President for Common Core Services, NE

Ms. Rummel is a Vice President of Common Core Services with the Center for College & Career Readiness, working with schools to implement implementation strategies for the Common Core State Standards. Previously, she worked with the Indiana Department of Education preparing state assessments (ISTEP+, ECA, and Acuity) in mathematics and science ensuring alignment to state standards with respect to content and level of rigor.

She is also the lead facilitator of the Indiana Department of Education Curriculum Mapping Initiative, co-facilitator and co-creator of Indiana Transition Professional development series for the Common Core State Standards leadership team.

Janet Rummel, Certified Consultant, is a 13-year veteran teacher who brings experience in leading instruction planning, curriculum mapping, and standards-based grading initiatives in her district and in districts nation-wide. Ms. Rummel has been a featured speaker at numerous national conferences sharing her expertise on critical topic areas such as: Transitioning to the Common Core Standards, Curriculum Mapping as well as Assessment Design and Analysis. She also coordinates and teaches multicultural education to prospective teachers and supervises student teachers of secondary mathematics.

Janet Rummel holds a Master of Science in Education from Purdue University where she also earned her Teaching Certification. Ms. Rummel attended DePauw university where she double majored in Biology and Political Science, she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction and anticipates completing her degree in December 2012.

Mark Truitt, Vice President for Common Core Services, SE

A former Administrator of the Year, Mr. Truitt served as an administrator in middle school, high school and virtual school in the public, private and charter arenas. A past curriculum specialist, he has also taught in elementary, and secondary schools. In his position as executive board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools Florida, Mr. Truitt has orchestrated the organization and opening of three schools, including one complete laptop environment. He presently teaches and supervises education interns at the college level.

He has been engaged in school accreditation for many years - reviewing and assessing curriculum, its delivery, and articulation throughout the south east. As a consultant for the College Board, he conducts workshops and has worked with low-performing high schools in Florida on behalf of the Florida State Department of Education via The Florida Partnership.

Mark Truitt currently serves as a Vice President of Common Core Services for the Center for College & Career Readiness.

Donna McCaw, Vice President for Common Core Services, Midwest

Donna received in doctorate from ISU in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis is literacy. She has served education in the positions of: professor of educational leadership, elementary principal, K-12 director of curriculum, elementary school counselor, speech therapist. She worked for 6 years with severely developmentally delayed adults in a sheltered workshop. She taught a class of secondary students and team taught 6th grade science. She has co-authored several books and has published numerous chapters within others. She has effectively presented to and trained teachers, administrators, school board members, and support staff across the US and in the Virgin Islands. Topics of interest and expertise include: curriculum, instruction, assessment, literacy, program evaluation, continuous improvement cycles, grant writing, interpersonal skills and implementing change. Her work has included districts of all sizes, most of which have been high poverty. A prolific grant writer she has millions of dollars in competitive grants to her credit.