Elite Team of Nationally Recognized Faculty

Our Certificate in Educational Leadership and Management (ELM) is taught by an elite team of nationally recognized faculty who offer essential, practical guidance to help district and state education staff think more powerfully and dynamically about how to help schools put tools, talent, time, and money to better use.

Bailey head shot John Bailey serves as the Executive Director of Digital Learning Now! He co-founded Whiteboard Advisors, which provides strategic consulting for investors, philanthropies, and entrepreneurs. Bailey previously served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the George W. Bush administration where he coordinated education and labor policy. Bailey has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as serving as a top technology and innovation advisor to the Secretary of Commerce. He served as the nation’s second Director of Educational Technology, where he oversaw more than $1 billion in annual grants and research projects. Bailey has also served as a formal or informal advisor to three Presidential campaigns.

Kaya Henderson Head Shot Kaya Henderson has two decades of experience in public education and currently serves as the Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS). She began her career as a middle school Spanish teacher, went on to work at Teach for America where she served as recruiter, national director of admissions, and Executive Director of Teach for America-DC. Henderson has extensive experience in human capital work in school districts as a result of her work as VP for Strategic Partnerships at The New Teacher Project. At DCPS, she was the lead negotiator for a groundbreaking contract between DCPS and the Washington Teachers’ Union and led the creation of IMPACT, an innovative professional development and assessment system designed to ensure that an effective teacher is leading every classroom. Since becoming Chancellor of DC Public Schools in 2010, Henderson has led the district through its early adoption of the Common Core State Standards, has implemented innovative blended learning models, and has continued to improve the quality of the workforce across the district.

Hess head shot Rick Hess, Phd, is the author of several education and leadership books including Cage-Busting Leadership Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, "Rick Hess Straight Up." Hess's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappa, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.

Junge photo Melissa Junge is an attorney and co-founder of the law and consulting firm Federal Education Group, PLLC. Junge assists states, school districts, and charter schools find flexibilities in federal law so they can use federal money to achieve their goals for students in a way that maintains compliance. She works with clients to design and implement red tape reduction initiatives that reduce paperwork so states, districts, and schools can focus more time on improving educational outcomes. She also helps states and school districts strengthen their operational systems, such as human resources, procurement, and financial management, so that they can better support education services. Junge also represents clients in audits to help avoid or minimize the repayment of federal funds. National organizations seek her perspective on federal law and funding matters including the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Prior to founding Federal Education Group in 2009, Junge served as in-house counsel to a state department of education. For the ten years prior to that, she was outside counsel to numerous K-12 education entities at a law firm.

Krvaric photo Sheara Krvaric, is an attorney focusing on federal education programs. She helps states, school districts, charter schools and other educational organizations navigate federal laws to maximize the reach of their federal grants. In particular, she helps organizations understand how they may use federal funds to meet their goals. She also helps organizations build systems to manage federal funds responsibly. Krvaric has been practicing education law for 10 years. Krvaric is the co-founder of Federal Education Group, a law and consulting firm in Washington, DC. Prior founding Federal Education Group, she worked as in-house counsel to a state educational agency, and in a private law firm.

Roza head shot Marguerite Roza, PhD, is the Director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. Roza's research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She has led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid Response Paper Series. More recently she served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education. Roza is author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? Roza earned a PhD in Education from the University of Washington. Prior to that, she served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She has a B.S. from Duke University and has studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam.