Ruth Whalen Crockett, program director, holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Beloit College and a master’s degree in Teacher Leadership from the Harvard University School of Education. She possesses significant classroom experience, having taught all levels of Spanish at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School since 1998. She has also taught in a traditional high school as well as at Innovation Academy, a successful Massachusetts charter school that is a school member of NTC. Ruth has led a number of workshops and professional development experiences on student-centered learning, inquiry based instruction, senior projects and curriculum design. Ruth is deeply committed to making schools better places for all children: as national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative, she supports teachers and school leaders to transform teaching and learning through adult collaboration, reflective discourse, and an intentional focus on student work.