Blue Ribbon Committee on Education Review
- Carole Ames, dean and professor emerita at the College of Education at Michigan State University
- David Harris, founder and CEO, The Mind Trust
- Diana Hess, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation and a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Alex Molnar, research professor and publications director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder
- Wendy Robinson, superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools
- Linda Tillman, Emerita from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Ames, dean and professor emerita at the College of Education at Michigan State University will chair the Blue Ribbon Committee.
Ames, who stepped down after 18 years as education dean at Michigan State University in 2014, is a respected voice among her peers. She is credited for strengthening the school through periods of school reforms, shifting priorities and a revolution in technological development. Under her leadership, the school developed programs that today continue to prepare scholars and practitioners for challenges facing students, in specialties such as school psychology and exercise physiology and across more than 15 academic areas.
Harris launched The Mind Trust in 2006 with former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson. The organization has impacted more than 113,000 students through its network of 19 education organizations. It advances innovation in education and creates great schools through its three incubators: the Charter School Incubator, the Education Entrepreneur Fellowship and the Innovation School Fellowship. Before starting The Mind Trust, Harris spent five years as Peterson's charter schools director, where he built a charter school office that received Harvard University's Innovations in American Government Award. In 2007, he was among 25 education leaders selected for the Aspen Institute and NewSchools Venture Fund's inaugural Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education Program.
Hess is the senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation and a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also is a former high school teacher and associate executive director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago. She is the author of several books on how teachers engage their students in discussions of controversial issues.
Molnar has published numerous articles on social and educational policy and practice. For the past several years, he has studied and written about commercial activities in the schools and market-based school reforms such as private school vouchers, charter schools and for-profit schools.
Robinson has more than three decades of experience in public education. She was one of the members of the inaugural class of Broad Center Fellows, a program designed to prepare and challenge urban school leaders and today is a national expert on the topic. She received the National Alliance of Black School Educators' Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award in 2009.
Tillman is professor emerita at the Educational Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She has served in the field of education for nearly 40 years, starting as a teacher in Columbus Public Schools in Columbus, OH. She has published numerous articles and books on social justice, leadership and African American education. Tillman has also earned numerous honors, including the Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from the University Council for Educational Administration in 2009.