Director of Learning and Design
The Next Education Workforce at Arizona State University
Mary Lou Fulton Teacher College
U.S.: Arizona | NORTH AMERICA
Colleen is an accomplished education veteran with over two decades of experience in teaching, instructional coaching, administration, and organizational learning design. Her passion for furthering learner-centric education for ALL children has directly impacted thousands of students and educators at local, state, national, and international levels. As the lead developer and coordinator of professional learning experiences at The Next Education Workforce, Colleen is responsible for providing educators and school and systems-level leaders with the tools and resources to improve learner-led practices in a team-based model. She is also instrumental in developing “train the trainer” materials for a national network of support partners, ensuring that her impact extends beyond her immediate reach.
Throughout her career, Colleen has worked across many educational settings, serving rural, indigenous, and urban communities in the U.S. and abroad in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Switzerland, and Brazil. She has worked with public and private schools, non-profits, and B-corporations, demonstrating her versatility and ability to adapt to diverse contexts. Colleen’s commitment to learner-centric education has led her to pursue a range of professional development opportunities. She is a certified master practitioner of the Compassionate Systems Framework with the Center for System Awareness and a trained facilitator of the Immunity to Change process for individuals and teams. Her expertise in these areas allows her to develop impactful learning experiences that empower educators to enact lasting change in their schools and communities.
Before her current role, Colleen served as vice president of pedagogy and research for AltSchool, focusing on scaling personalized learning. She also worked as a leader for EL Education, a national organization dedicated to character education, service, and project-based learning.