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PIVOT Executive Board

The PIVOT Project aims to provide outreach, resources and demonstration projects to K-12 districts and schools to accelerate adoption of the Comprehensive Learner Record as a better way to capture a complete picture of student competencies, skills, projects and experiences from the earliest stages of learning in a truly equitable, secure and transferable digital transcript for the 21st century.

The PIVOT Project is led by IMS Global in partnership with the OESIS Network. This executive board, comprising leaders from school districts, state education agencies, and other educational institutions and non-profit organizations, will lead pilot implementations and provide advocacy for promoting PIVOT Project initiatives.

The PIVOT Executive Leadership Board is co-chaired by Rob Able and Sanje Ratnavale.

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Rob Abel, Ed.D
CEO
Dr. Rob Abel is the Chief Executive Officer of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, a nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers, cooperating to accelerate learning technology interoperability, adoption, and impact. Rob has been the CEO of IMS since February of 2006.

Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning with over 35 years high tech and education market development experience. Under Rob’s leadership IMS has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. During Rob’s tenure IMS has experienced dramatic growth in terms of members, revenues, and achieved significant adoption of IMS work by leading regional education communities worldwide. IMS has grown over 9x since Rob became CEO and has risen to become one of the world's best resourced and dynamic standards-setting consortia.

Prior to IMS Rob was Senior Vice President at Collegis (now Ellucian Managed Services), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, where he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. Rob is also a seasoned high technology software development, business development, market development and venture investment veteran. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. Rob was honored with the TRW Chairman's Award for Innovation in the early 1990's for leading advancements in real-time networking and distributed software.
Dan Gohl
Chief Academic Officer
Daniel Gohl is the chief academic officer for Broward County Public Schools in southeast Florida – the sixth largest school district in the United States. He is currently focused on the challenges of ensuring universal early literacy, the infusion of digital tools and resources for student learning, and fostering global educational dialogue. Previously, he was the chief academic officer in the Houston school district, the deputy chief of innovation for the New Jersey Department of Education, the executive officer for innovation and change for Newark Public Schools in New Jersey, and the director of secondary school transformation in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He was also the founding principal of McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. During his career, Gohl has worked to address issues of closing achievement gaps, integrating academic and career preparation, bridging STEM and humanities education, and has collaborated with communities across the United States, Zimbabwe, Turkey and The Gambia. He holds a master’s degree in science education from The University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in physics from Vassar College.
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Erik Hanson
Dean of Digital Learning
Erik is now in his 19th year as an educator & is in his 3rd year as the Dean of Digital Learning after being the Program Leader for online learning the past 7 years. Prior to working in Appleton, Erik was one of the 1st math teachers to write digital curriculum & teach math online at Edina Public Schools, MN.

In addition to being the Dean of Digital Learning for the Appleton Area School District, Erik is a Board Member of the Wisconsin eSchool Network, Inc. In that role, Erik is the Chair of the Emerging Technologies Committee, and President of the Wisconsin eSchool Network, Inc. 

Along with being involved on many committees throughout Appleton & Wisconsin, Erik has presented at and attended numerous conferences and symposiums focused around online, digital and blended learning. Some of the notable conferences/venues include: iNACOL Online and Blended Learning Symposium, Blended Learning Live!, The Learning Counsel, IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute, UW-Madison Distance Learning, WI Charter School Conference, DPI Mandatory Reporting, Evergreen Consulting/Gates Foundation, Innovative Schools Network and Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative.

Erik holds an AA Degree, BA in Education, Masters in Teaching & Learning and a Specialist degree in Education Administration.
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Megan Stiles Madel
Head of Product
Megan Stiles Madel serves as the VP of Product Management for LRNG, powered by Collective Shift. Megan brings a unique combination of creativity and analytical skill to LRNG to build technology enabled, community-based learning ecosystems. Megan’s team has created an immersive and cinematic youth platform that is providing access and opportunity for youth in more than fifteen locations across the country. LRNG works with cities and organizations to connect learning experiences to career opportunities, ensuring that all young people, especially those from underserved communities, have inspiration and guidance to prepare them for life and work in the modern economy.

Megan has a strong track record of inspiring and leading product teams to become highly effective, customer-centric and strategy focused. As a seasoned product management professional she has received accolades for successful design, management and launch of complex and business critical products that grow market share and improve revenue performance. Megan has served as Director of Product Management for Arts Alliance Media and has also worked with Nokia, Navigon and was a high school Spanish teacher. Megan has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from University of Illinois at Chicago and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Jonathan Martin
Director, K12 Professional Learning
Jonathan Martin is Director of K12 Professional Learning for ACT Inc., and the principal of his educational consulting practice, JonathanEMartin Ed. Services, with a mission “to support educators, schools, districts, and associations in the work of strengthening 21st century teaching, learning, and assessing and in becoming ‘schools of the future.'”

Jonathan has over twenty years experience as a school-leader in California and Arizona, and since 2012 has worked with scores of schools and organizations to promote educational excellence and innovation so as to better prepare students colleges and careers.  He is the author of the 2019 book,  Reinventing Crediting for Competency-Based Education: The Mastery Transcript Consortium Model & Beyond.  Based in Tucson, AZ, he Chairs the Board of Directors for the charter school network, City Center for Collaborative Learning.  He has degrees from Harvard University (BA) and U. San Francisco (MA, Education).
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Jeff McNeal
Education Consultant
After a decade in the business sector, Jeff went back to college earning a Masters in Education. For the past twenty years he has been teaching and developing educational programs. He has been involved with a large breadth of educational entities from starting charter schools to developing institutional programs - ranging from middle school to adult. As the President of Michigan Association of Adult and Community Education, he was a leader and advocate for education at the state and federal levels. One of the major projects he was involved with was the transition of GED programs and assessment to computer-base instruction and testing.  This project included the development of curriculum standards to intergrade academic and career success. Jeff now works for the Michigan Department of Education as an Educational Consultant on programs and grants. 
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Jeff Plaman
Online and Digital Learning Specialist , Minnesota Department of Education
Jeff Plaman is a career educator interested in the intersection of technology and the art of teaching. His career has taken him from Minnesota to Germany, China, Singapore and back again across disciplines that include Science, Technology, Adult Learning, and Coaching. His current work at the Minnesota Department of Education is focused on supporting schools and districts provide high-quality digital learning options for all learners with a particular focus on the State’s network of 36 independent online schools. Jeff is a member of the Innovation Leader’s Network for Credentials with IMS global and is interested in leveraging the Open Badge Standard together with the Comprehensive Learner Record to integrate formal and non-formal learning and illuminate pathways for learners to career and further education opportunities. Jeff holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Secondary Life Science Education from Minnesota State University Mankato.
Sanje Ratnavale
President
Sanje founded OESIS in 2012 and serves as the President of what has grown to become the leading network for innovation at independent schools: the acronym OESIS grew from the initial focus on Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools. He has held senior administrative positions at independent schools including Associate Head of School at a K-12 school for seven years, High School Principal for three years and CFO for seven years. Prior to making a switch to education, Sanje spent 15 years in venture capital, investment banking and senior C-level (CEO,COO,CFO) management. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A. in Law/Jurisprudence) and the British independent school system (Harrow School). Sanje is based out of Los Angeles.
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David Ruff
Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership
David Ruff is executive director of the Great Schools Partnership, and a founding member and director of the New England Secondary School Consortium, a five-state partnership working to promote forward-thinking innovations in secondary education. David has lead the organization from an initial focus on efforts in Maine to expansion across New England and the country focusing on implementation of proficiency-based learning that ensures equity across students while enabling the creation of unique and flexible learning pathways. Through these efforts, he has worked with teachers, building leaders, district leaders, chief state school officers and their staffs, college faculty, state legislators and school board members, as well as parents and business leaders. David’s expertise in school-improvement initiatives and education policy has been sought by both regional and national educational organizations, including the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Institutes for Research.  He also facilitated the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Proficiency-Based Learning Task Force. He has advised state agencies in New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine.  He currently serves on the advisory board for CompetencyWorks, as well as the board of directors for the Coalition of Essential Schools and Engaging Schools. Prior to working at the Great Schools Partnership, David was the co-director of the Southern Maine Partnership at the University of Southern Maine and a high school English teacher.
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Damarr Smith
Project Manager of Competency Based Learning
Damarr Smith is an Adept Strategist and Connector, an Entrepreneur with significant experience supporting non-profit organizations in the areas of Marketing, Development, Partnership Cultivation, and Organizational Behavior.

He has extensive experience as an Marketing & Advertising Consultant with superb creative, analytical, and problem-solving skills, a diverse background in radio, television and music. Proven results in marketing food, apparel, and automobiles. Commonsense intelligence with expertise in: Presentations, Creative Writing, Research and Reporting, assisted in the development of marketing strategies for GMAC, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Chrysler Jeep, Subway, Burger King, and Zoo York.
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Michael Walker
Digital Learning Specialist
Michael Walker is an educator and life-long learner, currently serving as a Digital Learning Specialist for Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota where he has been heavily involved Edina Public School's eLearning2 initiative. In previous positions Michael has taught Math, Computer Applications, Community Building using Technology and coached tennis. He has presented at conferences around the country on educational technology topics. He currently lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and 2 children.