Ron is the Chief Program Officer for the non-profit school improvement network EL Education, a national network of over 160 public project-based schools in 30 states. EL Education helps to found public high schools in low-income communities – district and charter – that send all graduates to college, and helps to transform existing public schools K-12 toward high student achievement, character and citizenship. Their work is centered on professional development and resources to raise teacher capacity.
Ron was a public school teacher and carpenter in rural Massachusetts for 25 years. His writing and speaking focus on inspiring quality and character in students, specifically through project-based learning, original scientific and historical research, service learning, and the infusion of arts. He continues to work closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he did his graduate work and now teaches a course linking student projects to the Common Core State Standards. Ron is also the author of two books, An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality.