What Works: Advancing Evidence-Based Interventions at the District & State Level (Round 2)
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invites district and state leaders to engage in a conversation about their roles as decision makers, the networks that help to support these decisions, and how these decisions influence others. Through a series of exercises and small group discussions, attendees will have an opportunity to learn from peers about their decision-making strategies and share best practices. Additionally, participation in this session yields the opportunity for leaders to share insights from the field that can inform the Gates Foundation’s understanding of how state and district leaders access quality research and resources, including the challenges they face, and where there are opportunities to improve and support this system.
This session is being repeated.
Megan McCarthy is an Associate Program Officer on the K-12 Education Team, supporting the Advancing Actionable Knowledge strategy. Prior to this role, Megan was an Interim Associate Program Officer on the K-12 Knowledge Management team, focused on team learning, communications, and knowledge management. Before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Megan worked in development, internal operations, and board relations for New Profit, a Boston-based venture philanthropy firm. She has also worked in higher-ed development on the Principal Gifts team at Boston University. Megan has a BA in Communication Studies from Northeastern University.
Kysie Miao is an Associate Program Officer with the K-12 Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work focuses on Education Innovation. She previously worked as a sixth grade teacher, math instructional leader, and project manager in Oakland Unified School District. Most recently, she was a founding member of the EF+Math Program at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she led the program’s co-design strategy. Kysie is originally from Seattle and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Sam Olivieri is a Partner at Entangled Solutions, where she leads the firm's K12 practice. She brings over 15 years of experience in education, including holding leadership roles in organizational strategy, policy, advocacy, and parent engagement. She has been recognized nationally for her work in accountability and measurement in K12 education. Prior to joining Entangled, Sam served as Chief Strategy Officer at GreatSchools, a national non-profit reaching over half of U.S. families with school-age children. She earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.A. from Pomona College, and lives in Berkeley with her husband and two daughters.
Mrin is the VP of Innovation at Entangled Group: an Education Research & Innovation Venture Studio. She's a former founder of a mission-oriented start-up with experience bringing products to market in Healthcare, E-commerce, and FinTech. Currently, she's directed her efforts towards innovation in education to address issues of equity and in the creation of high quality student experiences.