Chief Executive Officer
Bob is one of the co-founders of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels and at all types of schools. His work at Elevated Achievement led him to co-write the book, Developing Student Ownership which is a practical guide for educators to motivate students to own their own learning. His belief in and focus on student ownership is reflective of his years of experiences in the professional development world.
Bob began his tenure in education as a bilingual teacher in Southern California in the early ‘90s, when he worked with English learners at all proficiency levels. He then began working directly with teachers and was an instructional coach for a national professional development company. He has worked extensively across the United States supporting district administrators, school administrators, teachers, students, and parents at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to implement standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. It was during these eighteen years as an instructional coach that he saw the value in motivating students to own their learning. He put some of this thinking into practice when he was the lead author on an intensive reading/writing program that supported older students two or more years below grade level. For the past few years he has helped develop accountability measures that support implementation of systemic change in those schools and districts that truly want to become student centered—by focusing on those practices that lead to student ownership.
As Chief Executive Officer, his duties include working directly with clients to facilitate professional learning opportunities that best support elevated achievement such as modeling, mentoring, co-planning, co-teaching, observational feedback, and reflection on professional growth. He also assists clients in identifying specific focus areas of growth using Elevated Achievement’s Strategic Learning Practices and Learning Framework.
Chief Financial Officer
Jane is co-author of the book, Developing Student Ownership and co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to focus on supporting educators as she feels they need to be supported—with a collaborative approach instead of a top-down approach. This desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators stems from her varied experiences over the past twenty-five years in education.
Jane began her career in 1991 on the East Coast as a self-contained classroom teacher in an inner-city, urban setting with the majority of her students receiving Title I support and free and reduced-price lunch. This initial experience infused Jane with a passion for educational equity that has influenced her subsequent career focus. This focus led her to begin consulting work with a national textbook publisher where she supported adults at all levels in the educational system. This work included support for all types of districts—urban, suburban, and rural—as they implemented the latest curriculum, managing a team that worked directly with administrators and teachers, and developing processes that successfully supported the implementation of research-based reform. She has taken these skills and has developed processes that support the implementation of research-based reforms that focus on increasing student ownership.
As Chief Financial Officer, Jane not only looks after the business aspects of Elevated Achievement Group but also understands educational funding at the federal, state, district, and school level. Her work includes the development and delivery of professional learning support for clients as they begin identifying strengths and gaps in current practice. Her work focuses on improving student learning and understanding the necessary actions of adults in the system to ensure academic success occurs for all students.
Director of Production
Lesley joined Elevated Achievement Group because she believes all children deserve the chance to own their learning and all educators deserve robust support to empower their students’ ownership. Her philosophy of student and educator empowerment evolved through twenty years in public education, professional development, and educational publishing.
After deciding at age five to be a teacher, Lesley achieved that goal in 1998 and spent the next eight years working as a public school teacher in Texas. Lesley then channeled her passion for education into a Masters’ degree from the University of Texas. During this time, she discovered that she was also adept at supporting students and teachers through curriculum development and professional development. She worked as an editor at various levels producing education materials at national educational publishing companies, including Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt. This experience afforded her opportunities to bring real-world classroom experience to both content and professional development for Pre-K–12 teachers across the country.
Lesley works with teachers through modeling, mentoring, co-planning, co-teaching, observational feedback, and reflection opportunities that empower them to increase their students’ ownership. As the Director of Production, Lesley ensures the high quality of Elevated Achievement’s materials to which our clients have grown accustomed.