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HMH’s Center for Model Schools Announces New Esteemed Senior Fellows and Advisory Board Member; Partners with RocketPD to Engage and Inspire Educators

Newly established partnerships with education experts and leaders from across the country will aid in transforming districts nationwide 

BOSTON –  Learning technology company HMH today announced that its leadership consulting organization, the Center for Model Schools, has established new partnerships to advance the Center’s mission of supporting educational leaders and fostering meaningful change in school districts nationwide. This includes several additions to its distinguished cohort of Advisory Board members and Senior Fellows which are comprised of industry leaders, practitioners and trailblazers in K-12 education. The Center will also be partnering with professional learning organization RocketPD to expand access to expert-led synchronous and asynchronous professional learning. 

“The Center for Model Schools is a place where districts can deepen the skills needed to create environments where all learners succeed,” said Dr. Joshua P. Starr, Managing Partner of the Center for Model Schools. “Partnerships with outstanding leaders and practitioners are crucial to developing new approaches to supporting educators. I am thrilled to welcome our newest Advisory Board member and Senior Fellows and build on our relationship with RocketPD to inspire change in the education community.”

The Advisory Board and Senior Fellows provide critical insight and feedback on the Center’s work and amplify its reach. The Advisory Board engages in the Center’s work as experts and thought leaders, providing valuable counsel on leadership development and contributing to the growth of education leaders and the Center as a whole. The Senior Fellows’ varied K-12 educational experiences and perspectives help ensure the Center’s services and strategies reflect the field of education today. 

Center for Model Schools New Senior Fellows:

  • Howie Knoff, Project ACHIEVE Educational Solutions

    Howie Knoff is an international consultant who helps schools and educators in the areas of social-emotional learning and social skills training, multi-tiered behavioral interventions and school improvement, and special education systems and innovative service-delivery.

  • Stephen Ritz, Green Bronx Machine

    Stephen Ritz is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning educator, author of best-selling book, The Power of A Plant and Founder of Green Bronx Machine which was recently named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

  • Eric Sheninger, Aspire Change EDU

    Eric Sheninger works with schools throughout the world, helping educators meet and exceed their potential to improve outcomes for learners. He is the founder and CEO of Aspire Change EDU, a collaborative consultancy designed to provide personalized support to all educational systems. 

  • Suzanne Petersen, Restorative Education, LLC

    Suzanne Petersen is a Restorative Practices Trainer, Coach and Facilitator with expertise in K-12 school implementation of restorative programs. She has been a professional speaker on Restorative Programs for the Virginia Department of Education and Washington Area Board of Educators. 

Center for Model Schools New Advisory Board Member:

  • Dr. Susan Enfield, Former Superintendent, Washoe County Schools District, Nevada and Highline Public Schools, WA

    Dr. Susan Enfield is the former Superintendent for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada. Prior to this, she served as Superintendent for Highline Public Schools in Burien, WA for ten years. A former high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before joining Highline in 2012. 

To read the full biographies of the Advisory Board members and Senior Fellows, visit

Along with the new Senior Fellows and Advisory Board members, Center for Model Schools is also partnering with RocketPD to immerse K-12 school leaders and their teams in an actionable framework for adaptive school transformation through a live-virtual cohort. Model School leaders and their teams are invited to register for a five part live-virtual cohort led by Center for Model Schools Managing Partner Dr. Joshua P. Starr. Over five 90-minute sessions, Starr will walk participating education leaders and their teams through an actionable framework for transformation. 

In addition to the annual Model Schools Conference, which is the nation’s largest gathering for rapidly improving K-12 schools and districts, The Center for Model Schools™ works shoulder-to-shoulder with school and district leaders to create the conditions for success so that every child is in the Model School they deserve. Through elevating district leaders as thought leaders and pairing academic research with practitioner insights, the Center scales actionable, effective strategies to propel growth in school systems today. 

About HMH

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a learning technology company committed to delivering connected solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K–12 core curriculum, supplemental and intervention solutions, and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students’ potential and extend teachers’ capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 4 million educators in 150 countries. For more information, visit

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