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Our team is passionate about supporting states in building a diverse, talented educator workforce for every student, regardless of ZIP code. 

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From 2012-2019, the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders was a national content center under the federally funded Comprehensive Center Network. Following the grant's conclusion, AIR continues to operate the GTL Center and offer services across a range of core evidence-based talent management strategies.

Passionate, Practitioner-Focused Researchers and Consultants

Our team of seasoned consultants and expert researchers work in concert to translate the latest research and knowledge about educator talent management into actionable, evidence-based strategies. 

The GTL Center team has a deep bench of national experts ready to deliver a comprehensive set of services to meet your unique needs. Our team includes former teachers, principals, and teacher leaders, including National Board Certified Teachers. As former practitioners who have worked in classrooms, schools, districts, and state agencies, we know first-hand what it looks like when a school system works, and when it does not. We're passionate about using effective strategies to help states and their districts build diverse, talented teams of educators as the foundation for student success.

Meet the GTL Center Team

Senior Leadership

Lisa Lachlan
Business Development & Mentoring and Induction Lead
Principal Researcher at AIR
Monique Chism
Senior Advisor
Vice President of Domestic Policy, Practice, and Systems Change at AIR
Lynn Holdheide
Senior Advisor
Managing Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Gretchen Weber
Senior Advisor
Vice President of Domestic Policy, Practice, and Systems Change at AIR
Verna Lalbeharie
Senior Advisor
Managing Director, Educators and Instruction Practice Area at AIR
Cortney Rowland
Senior Advisor
Principal Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
 

 

Subject Matter Experts

Anne Diffenderffer
Anne Diffenderffer
Teaching Conditions Lead
Researcher at AIR
Etai Mizrav
Equitable Access & Diversifying the Educator Workforce Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Lindsey Hayes
Educator Shortages and Special Education Lead
Senior Researcher at AIR
Matthew Clifford
School Leadership Lead
Principal Researcher at AIR
Catherine Jacques, MA
Teacher Leadership Lead
Researcher at AIR
Cheryl Harris
Adult Learning and Engagement Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Marjorie D. Cohen, MPP
College and Career Readiness Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist at AIR
Tammie Cuasey
Equity in Education Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Mara Schanfield
Mara Schanfield
Social and Emotional Learning Lead
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Garry Davis, MA
Adult Learning and Engagement Specialist
Senior Technical Assistance Consultant
Amy Colpo
Amy Colpo, MPP
Special Education and Mentoring & Induction Specialist
Research Associate at AIR
Elizabeth Nelson, MA
Elizabeth Nelson, MA
Rural Education Specialist
Technical Assistance Consultant at AIR
Jenni Fipaza
Communications Lead
Senior Communications Specialist at AIR
   

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