Mark Drewes

Regional Lead, Region 3 Expanded Learning Programs
Sacramento County Office of Education
California Hub | USA

Mark Drewes is the Regional Lead for Region 3 Expanded Learning programs at the Sacramento County Office of Education. With an impressive 29 years of experience in both formal and informal educational settings, Mark has dedicated his career to empowering youth from the ages of 1.5 to high school.

Throughout his tenure, Mark Drewes has passionately supported LEAs (Local Educational Agencies) and their Expanded Learning practitioners for over 12 years, offering invaluable technical assistance and guidance for their programs. His expertise has consistently helped foster an environment where young minds can flourish and develop to their fullest potential.

During the past seven years Mark has developed an unwavering commitment to compassionate systems. He firmly believes in prioritizing Maslow’s before Bloom’s, emphasizing the importance of connection before content. Mark recognizes that compassionate systems provide the essential foundation for not only forging meaningful connections but also caring for one another. Moreover, they facilitate the unlearning of incorrect mindsets and systems thinking, enabling the creation of transformative changes within our communities.

Mark Drewes’s wealth of experience and dedication to compassionate systems make him a catalyst for positive change in the education landscape. He possesses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by both educators and students, and he consistently strives to bridge gaps and create inclusive environments where everyone can thrive.

In his role as Regional Lead, Mark utilizes his expertise to inspire and empower LEAs and Expanded Learning practitioners to implement compassionate systems that prioritize the holistic well-being of students. Through his guidance, social generative and fostering environments have been created that nurture not only academic growth but also social and emotional development.

Mark Drewes continues to be a beacon of inspiration and innovation, advocating for compassionate systems that foster connection, care, and transformative change. Becoming a Master Practitioner will deepen his understanding of all things Compassionate Systems and allow him to grow the practice in Sacramento County and beyond.