Sandra Alberti, Ed.D.
Director of Partnership Initiatives and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners
Sandra Alberti serves as the Director of Partnership Initiatives and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners, an organization that was instrumental in the development of the Common Core State Standards. Sandra joined Student Achievement Partners after having served the New Jersey Department of Education in the roles of Director of Academic Standards and Director of Math and Science Education. She was directly involved in state standards, assessment, and professional development policy and implementation strategies. Prior to working at the state level Sandra held several district-level positions including school superintendent, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, principal, subject area supervisor and high school science teacher. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University and masters and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.
Dr. Dallas Dance
Baltimore County Public School Superintendent
Dr.. S. Dallas Dance began his tenure as Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools on July 1, 2012, with a focus on creating a culture of deliberate excellence through the acceleration of student achievement and district and school improvement. Four major issues top his priority list: developing Blueprint 2.0, the district's five-year strategic plan; ensuring a highly rigorous curriculum and academic program in all content areas while transitioning to the Common Core State Standards; focusing strategically on professional growth and development for all employees; and ensuring timely, transparent, and clear internal and external communications.
Distinguished as a vibrant and driven leader, Dr. Dance is highly regarded for his problem-solving, consensus-building, communication, and human relations skills. He believes strongly in the potential of every student and that through functioning as Team BCPS and maintaining a constant dialogue with staff, students, and community members all students will achieve at the highest levels.
Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three Chief School Officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school system in the nation. As part of the HISD senior leadership team, Dr. Dance played a significant role in improving student academic performance and launching several innovations including two single-gender college preparatory academies and the redesign of a school to accelerate at-risk students.
Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive school and district leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and strategic planning.
Dr. Dance earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership and master's degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor's degree in English from Virginia Union University.
A resident of Baltimore County, Dr. Dance is the proud father of a son, Myles Dallas Dance.
Director of Curriculum, MSDE
Judy Jenkins became the Director of Curriculum at the Maryland State Department of Education in October 2010. She has worked in education for over 35 years. She began her career in Talbot County, Maryland as a teacher of English. She then moved to Anne Arundel County Public Schools where she worked in many capacities: teacher, reading specialist, principal, instructional director, director of middle schools, and acting assistant superintendent for instructional services. For the last four years, Judy and her husband have been living in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was a principal of a Jewish Day School and also worked as Director of Student Learning at the Indiana Department of Education. She is delighted to be able to work with Maryland educators again. She has been a key leader of Maryland’s team of representatives in the PARCC Consortium.
Senior Vice President, ACHIEVE and President of the DC State Board of Education
Laura McGiffert Slover is a native Washingtonian with over 16 years experience in the field of education and education policy. She is the Senior Vice President at Achieve, a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states develop and implement policies to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for post-secondary education, careers and citizenship. In 2006, Achieve was named by Education Week as one of the most influential education groups in the nation.
Laura joined Achieve in 1998, shortly after governors and business leaders created the organization. As senior vice president, Laura has senior responsibility for leading the unit at Achieve that is tasked with overseeing the design, development and implementation of the next generation assessment system developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states that received a Race to the Top assessment award.
Laura began her career as a high school English language arts teacher in Eagle County, Colorado, where she was involved in the district's early efforts to develop standards and benchmark assessments. She also taught writing and composition at Colorado Mountain College. Since she joined Achieve in 1998, she has held a number of positions, most recently Vice President for Content and Policy Research. In that role, she led Achieve's work in the area of standards and assessments, including its efforts on the development of Common Core State Standards and the launch and oversight of the 15 state American Diploma Project (ADP) Assessment Consortium, one of two existing multistate assessment partnerships. She also provided senior leadership for Achieve’s benchmarking and alignment initiatives in English, mathematics and science; its international benchmarking analyses; and its overall research agenda and technical assistance to states.
Laura earned her BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University, her MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her MA in Education Policy from Georgetown University.
Laura was reelected to serve as a District of Columbia State Board of Education Member for Ward 3 in November 2010 and she currently serves as President of the DC State Board of Education.