Celine Coggins, Chair of the Board
Celine Coggins is the founder and CEO of Teach Plus. Dr. Coggins is a former teacher and current Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow. She has a background that includes research, policy and K-12 teaching. She originally launched Teach Plus in 2007 as a subsidiary of the Rennie Center and incorporated it as an independent 501c3 in 2009. She has been a labor-management consultant in Providence, RI as well as Worcester and Springfield, MA and was formerly special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education on teacher quality. She is the author of more than two dozen reports and journal articles and the editor of two books. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Laurie Brennan, Treasurer
Laurie Brennan currently serves as President of TERC, an educational not-for-profit R&D organization focused on STEM. She has been at TERC since 1994 serving in a variety of positions including CFO and COO. She has a robust commitment to community engagement and equity as reflected in her dedication to ignite students’ passion for STEM and a furtherance of their confidence and abilities. Previously Ms. Brennan was the Budget Director for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Lowell and her M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She currently serves as Co-chairperson of the Central Middlesex Region Citizen Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
Maura O. Banta
Maura O. Banta is IBM’s Director of Citizenship Initiatives in Education. She joined IBM in 1973 as a marketing representative and held positions in Sales, Insurance Industry Consulting and Marketing Management before joining the Corporate Citizenship Department. In 2006 Maura was named Eastern Regional Manager for IBM’s corporate philanthropy, government relations and community relations. She assumed her current role in 2012. Ms. Banta is a board member of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Boston Plan for Excellence, and The Carroll School of Management at Boston College. She is a former chair of the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education. She served for 6 years on the Massachusetts Educational Management and Audit Council under both Governor Swift and Governor Romney. Ms. Banta chaired the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from 2008-2014 under an appointment by Governor Patrick. In 2014 Governor Patrick appointed her to the Board of Higher Education.
Dr. Noyce is a doctor of internal medicine and was a founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which sunsetted in 2015. Currently she leads Tumblehome Learning, which publishes books based on science for young people. For twenty-five years at the Noyce Foundation, she worked on improving math and science education nationwide. A major part of that work, which continues through a nonprofit called STEMNext, was to build the field of after-school STEM. Dr. Noyce serves on the boards of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, Maine's Libra Foundation, and the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (through June 2017). Among the eleven books she has written for young people, her collections of biographies of women in science, Magnificent Minds and Remarkable Minds, have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books by the National Science Teachers Association and Children’s Book Council.
Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he recently founded the Education Redesign Lab which focuses on creating 21st century systems of child development and education. He founded the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy in 2002 and served as Executive Director until 2008. Reville is the former Massachusetts Secretary of Education and Board Chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. As Secretary, Mr. Reville led the Patrick Administration's efforts on education reform matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal. He has served as a critical figure in state and national education reform over the last few decades. Mr. Reville played a central role in the development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic "Education Reform Act of 1993." He is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform. He serves on numerous education boards, has published a wide range of articles on educational improvement and edited the book entitled "A Decade of Urban School Reform: Persistence and Progress in the Boston Public Schools." He is a regular education commentator on WGBH's Boston Public Radio. Mr. Reville is a graduate of Colorado College, received a Master's degree from Stanford University, and holds five honorary doctorates.
Bob Schwartz joined the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1996, where he has served, successively, as Lecturer, Professor of Practice, Academic Dean, Francis Keppel Professor in Educational Policy and Administration, and Senior Research Fellow. Prior to joining the HGSE faculty, Mr. Schwartz served in a variety of roles in education: high school teacher and principal; education advisor to the Mayor of Boston and the Governor of Massachusetts; Assistant Director of the National Institute of Education; Executive Director of The Boston Compact; and Education Program Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. From 1997-2002 Schwartz served as founding President of Achieve, Inc, a non-profit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help improve performance in US schools. Since 2010 Schwartz has participated in two OECD studies, Learning for Jobs and Strong Performers and Successful Reformers and contributed chapters to four Harvard Education Press volumes: Teaching Talent (2010), Surpassing Shanghai (2011), The Futures of School Reform (2012), and Improving the Odds for America’s Children (2014). In 2011 he co-authored an influential report calling for more attention to career and technical education, Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. He is currently co-leading a national network of states and regions that was formed in 2012 to act upon the analysis and recommendations outlined in the Pathways report.