Student Achievement Partners was founded by David Coleman, Susan Pimentel and Jason Zimba, lead writers of the Common Core State Standards. We are a non-profit organization with one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.
As educators, as researchers, and as citizens, we view the changes brought by the college and career readiness focus of the Common Core State Standards as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for kids of all backgrounds and ability levels to better fulfill their potential. Like the standards themselves, we are evidence-based in our approach. Our work is aimed at ensuring that teachers across the country are able to put the standards to work, quickly and effectively, to help their students and colleagues aspire to a higher standard and reach it. Accordingly, the content available on this site is assembled by and for educators and is freely available to everyone to use, modify and share.
We invite educators and people curious about the Common Core State Standards to explore what the site has to offer, including hundreds of math and literacy resources for teachers, resources for leaders who are putting college and career readiness standards into action in their own schools, and opportunities to become an advocate for the Common Core.
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Our goal is to create and disseminate high quality materials as widely as possible. All resources that Student Achievement Partners creates are open source and available at no cost. We encourage states, districts, schools, and teachers to take our resources and make them their own.
Student Achievement Partners does not compete for federal, state or district contracts
Ensuring that states and districts have excellent materials for teachers and students is a top priority. We do not compete for these contracts because we work with our partners to develop high quality RFPs that support the Common Core State Standards.
Student Achievement Partners does not accept money from publishers
We work with states and districts to obtain the best materials for teachers and students. We are able to independently advise our partners because we have no financial interests with any publisher of educational materials. Student Achievement Partners’ independence is essential to our work.
Student Achievement Partners In The News
Helmsley Charitable Trust Makes $11 Million Grant to Engage Teachers Across the Country in Meeting New College and Career Ready Standards
- Board and Advisors
- William McCallum
- Phil Daro
- Jim Rosenthal
- Ariela Rozman
- Sandra Alberti
- Barbara Beske
- Crystal Barrick
- Amy Briggs
- Mike Briscoe
- Sabrina Chan
- Emily Climer
- Beth Cocuzza
- Jennifer Dean
- Colleen Dietrich
- Jessica Eadie
- Rachel Etienne
- Janelle Fann
- Lisa Goldschmidt
- Laura Hansen
- Celeste Hogan
- Gail Hyland
- Travis Jones
- Silas Kulkarni
- Katya Levitan-Reiner
- David Liben
- Meredith Liben
- Elizabeth Meier
- Susan Pimentel
- Amanda Vitello
- Gene Wilhoit
- Jason Zimba
To learn more about each member of the Student Achievement Partners team, please click on a name at left.
William McCallum, Advisor
William G. McCallum is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Born in Sydney, Australia in 1956, he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1984, under the supervision of Barry Mazur. After spending two years at the University of California, Berkeley, and one at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987. In 1989 he joined the Harvard calculus consortium, and is the lead author of the consortium's multivariable calculus and college algebra texts. In 1993-94 he spent a year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and in 1995-96 he spent a year at the Institute for Advanced Study on a Centennial Fellowship from the American Mathematical Society. In 2005 he received the Director's Award for Distinguished Teaching Scholars from the National Science Foundation. In 2006 he founded the Institute for Mathematics and Education at the University of Arizona. He was Director of the Institute until 2009 and now chairs its advisory board. In 2009 - 2010 he was a lead writer for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. His professional interests include arithmetical algebraic geometry and mathematics education. He has received grants and written articles, essays, and books in both areas. In 2012, he won the American Mathematical Society's Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Phil Daro, Advisor
Philip Daro works to advance the design and use of improvement tools at every level of the educational system, and he consults with states and school districts on their accountability systems and mathematics programs. He was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
He directed the New Standards Project and Research and Development for the National Center for Education and the Economy (NCEE) - there his responsibilities included test development, development of mathematics curriculum, and staff development programs.
He has consulted for the New York City School District, the El Paso Collaborative, Los Angeles School District, Chicago Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, states of Vermont, Georgia, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and California and others. He directed large scale teacher professional development programs for the University of California including the California Mathematics Project and the American Mathematics Project. His sixteen years at the University included six years directing projects to help states develop standards, accountability and testing systems. He has taught mathematics and has held leadership positions with the California Department of Education. He has served on many committees including: NAEP Validity Committee; RAND Mathematics Education Research Panel; College Board Mathematics Framework Committee; ACHIEVE Technical (Assessment) Advisory Group, Mathematics Work Group; Technical Advisory Committee to National Goals Panel for World Class Standards, National Governors Association; Title I Commission organized by Council of Chief State School Officers; Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Research Council; California Public Broadcasting Commission; and The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC). He is currently working with the Pearson Foundation and the Gates Foundation to develop a digital curriculum for mathematics from Kindergarten to the college ready level.
Jim Rosenthal, Independent Board Member
Jim Rosenthal is the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Head of Corporate Strategy for Morgan Stanley. He is also a member of the Firm’s Management and Operating Committees.
Prior to assuming his current role in January 2010, Mr. Rosenthal was the Head of Firmwide Technology and Operations for Morgan Stanley and the Head of Integration for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Mr. Rosenthal has more than two decades of experience across a wide spectrum of financial services. He joined the Firm in March 2008 from Tishman Speyer, where he served as Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Prior to that, he worked at Lehman Brothers from 1999 to 2005, where he was Head of Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development and a member of the Management Committee. He was with McKinsey & Company from 1986 to 1999, where he was a Senior Partner specializing in financial institutions, and Co-Head of the Investment Banking Practice.
Mr. Rosenthal has a B.A. degree from Yale and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
Ariela Rozman, Independent Board Member
Ariela Rozman began her tenure with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) in 2001 as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she served for four years as Vice President of Teaching Fellows Programs, growing TNTP’s largest business line to a staff of more than 60 individuals and overseeing the launch of 12 new programs in cities such as Chicago, New Orleans, and Oakland. Today, the Teaching Fellows Programs line supplies high-need school districts with approximately 3,000 high-quality teachers per year and accounts for over half of the organization’s revenue. Ariela also chaired TNTP’s Strategy Committee, a team comprised of TNTP’s senior leadership staff, for two years. Before joining The New Teacher Project, Ariela led the Online Marketing group for PlanetRx.com, which included managing the company's online new customer acquisition strategy, media buying and creative agency relationships, and large partnerships with companies such as AOL and Yahoo!. Ariela has also served as Special Assistant to the CEO at Muresco, a retail and manufacturing conglomerate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and as a consultant at Bain & Co., a leading strategy consulting firm, working with Fortune 500 companies to improve their overall growth strategies and revenue opportunities. She holds a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia.
Sandra Alberti is the Director of State and District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners. Sandra joined Student Achievement Partners from the New Jersey Department of Education where she served as the Director of Academic Standards and as the Director of Math and Science Education. In these roles, Sandra 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 holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Rutgers University and master's and doctorate degrees in Educational Leadership from Rowan University.
Barbara Beske joined Student Achievement Partners in 2012 as a member of the Mathematics team. Her work spans multiple math initiatives, focusing particularly on implementation of the Common Core State Standards with respect to curriculum and teacher engagement. Barbara has 20 years of math teaching experience at the middle school, high school and community college levels in New Jersey. Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Education from Bucknell University.
Crystal Barrick works on Student Achievement Partners’ Common Core State Standards teacher engagement initiatives as a member of the Field Impact team. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners, Crystal launched a mentorship program promoting college and career readiness for high school students in southern Vermont and was an assistant teacher and tutor in Vermont, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Guatemala. Crystal holds a bachelor’s degree in Literature and the Advancement of Public Action from Bennington College.
Amy Briggs is the Chief Operating Officer of Student Achievement Partners. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners in 2012, Amy supervised district and state program implementation at Kaplan K12 and The Grow Network. Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mike Briscoe joined the Student Achievement Partners team in 2012, focusing on assessment of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Mike has deep experience in test design and development in his former role leading major assessment projects with the American Institutes for Research. Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College, a master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Virginia, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Psychology from George Mason University.
Sabrina Chan is the Finance Manager for Student Achievement Partners. Sabrina joined the organization in 2013 with over 5 years of public accounting experience specializing in the non-profit and government accounting industry. She worked as a Senior Auditor from Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP. Sabrina holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University.
Emily Climer is a member of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners. Emily coordinates the daily work of the team and assists with research and tool development to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College, where she pursued research on a wide range of education reform issues with a particular focus on standards-based reform and K-12 textbook adoption processes.
Beth Cocuzza is the Director of the Mathematics Team at Student Achievement Partners, leading math initiatives and consulting with various districts and schools on Common Core State Standards implementation. Beth has 16 years of experience teaching mathematics in the New Jersey public schools at the middle and high school level as well as supervisory experience in grades K-8. Beth led the development of mathematics content for The Grow Network and collaborated with the authors of the Common Core State Standards to research math standards and college and career readiness. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and a master's degree in Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jennifer Dean supports Student Achievement Partners' literacy and assessment initiatives and works with various organizations on implementation of tests that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Jennifer has many years of experience directing the development of K-12 state and district tests. She spent ten years at ETS in charge of K-12 large-scale assessment programs and served most recently as Vice President of Assessment for Riverside Publishing Company. Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree in teaching from Yale University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas.
Colleen Dietrich provides finance support for Student Achievement Partners. She joined the organization in October 2011. Colleen has over 20 years’ experience in administration and finance. She has worked at Bear Stearns Security, American Portfolios and Sunrise Contracting in roles in both finance and administration.
Jessica Eadie is the Senior Director of assessment projects for Student Achievement Partners, supporting strong Common Core State Standards-aligned assessment design and execution. Jessica joined Student Achievement Partners in 2011 from the New York City Department of Education where she was the Executive Director of Assessment. Jessica holds a bachelor’s from Boston College and a master’s in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Rachel Etienne is a member of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners. Rachel consults with various districts, states, and organizations on Common Core State Standards implementation. Rachel has 13 years of experience in literacy education as an elementary classroom teacher and as a literacy coach for several nationally recognized charter schools, the NYC Department of Education, and the Archdiocese of New York. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Science Education from Eastern Michigan University.
Janelle Fann is a member of the Field Impact team at Student Achievement Partners. After completing her twenty-seven month Peace Corps commitment as a secondary school teacher of foreign language in Rwanda, she worked as a Senior Partner Assistant at America Achieves. Janelle holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Literature from Belmont University.
Lisa Goldschmidt is the Product Director in the Student Achievement Partners Digital team, which builds free, powerful digital tools which help educators align practice with the Common Core State Standards. Before joining Student Achievement Partners, Lisa was the Executive Director of Assessment Technology at the New York City Department of Education. Lisa also worked at Kaplan K12 Learning Services in both operations and marketing roles. Lisa holds a bachelor’s from Brown University and a master’s in public administration with a focus in education policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Laura Hansen supports Student Achievement Partner’s literacy and assessment initiatives. Laura joined Student Achievement Partners after having served as Executive Director at ETS, where she was directly involved with many state testing programs. Prior to working in the testing industry, Laura was a classroom teacher in Texas for nine years, emphasizing reading strategies and best practices in her classroom. While in the classroom, Laura also worked as a scorer for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Lifetime Teacher Certificate with Reading Specialization for the state of Texas.
Celeste Hogan is the Chief Financial Officer of Student Achievement Partners. She is a licensed CPA and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the McCallum Graduate School of Business. Celeste has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of financial roles and industries. She most recently worked as Vice President of Finance, providing strategic operational and financial support to The Achievement Network.
Gail Hyland provides executive and office management support for Student Achievement Partners. She has a background in building management, administration and finance and has worked at Sage Realty Corporation, Electronic Data Systems and Sapient Corporation in roles in both human resources and administrative/executive support.
Travis Jones is a member of the Mathematics team at Student Achievement Partners. Travis has 10 years of experience teaching mathematics in grades 6-12 in New York and Massachusetts. Most recently, Travis served as Manager of Mathematics Assessments at The Achievement Network. Travis holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a master’s degree in Education from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven) in Leuven, Belgium, where his research focused on modeling and democracy in the mathematics classroom.
Silas Kulkarni is the Content Manager on the Student Achievement Partners Digital team, which builds free, powerful digital tools, which help educators align practice with the Common Core State Standards. Before joining Student Achievement Partners, Silas taught 8th grade math in Washington, DC and Harlem. In the 2010-2011 school year, Silas’ low-income minority students broke the Washington, DC all-time record for 8th grade math scores, scoring 100% proficient or above, with 62% scoring advanced. Silas holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
Katya Levitan-Reiner is the Director of the Field Impact team at Student Achievement Partners where she focuses on the development and dissemination of tools and resources to support educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards. Katya most recently served as Senior Coordinator for Performance Management in the New Haven Public Schools where she focused on implementing a comprehensive NHPS School Change initiative, including a nationally recognized teacher development and evaluation system. Katya began her career as a middle and high school mathematics teacher in Oakland, California and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from Smith College and a master’s in business administration from the Yale School of Management.
David Liben is the Senior Content Specialist of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners. David has taught elementary, middle school and high school students in public and private schools, as well as community college and teacher preparation courses, in New York City and Vermont. David still spends as much time as possible in schools with teachers and children. Together with Meredith Liben, David founded two innovative model schools in New York City - New York Prep, a junior high school in East Harlem, and in 1991, the Family Academy - where he served as Principal and lead curriculum designer. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in school administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Meredith Liben is the Director of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners. Meredith has taught and administered in a wide range of settings over the past 30 years. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through grad school and has been collaborating with David Liben for the past twenty-eight years in many of these endeavors, including the founding of two innovative model schools in New York City - New York Prep, a junior high school in East Harlem, and in 1991, the Family Academy. Meredith has a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Government from Oberlin College and a master’s degree and advanced work from the University of Massachusetts and City University of New York.
Elizabeth Meier is a member of the Mathematics team at Student Achievement Partners. Elizabeth coordinates the daily work of the team and assists with research and tool development to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Elizabeth has been an assistant teacher in a 9th grade ELL classroom in New York City and helped develop curriculum for a gap year program, Global Citizen Year, based in San Francisco. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in the Advancement of Public Action from Bennington College, where she researched a diverse set of education reform issues, including early literacy and the transition from high school to higher education.
Susan Pimentel was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and is a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners. Susan’s efforts have been focused on helping communities, districts and states across the nation work together to advance education reform and champion proven tools for increasing academic rigor. Her work has resulted in the phase-out of student tracking, enriched core curricula, and advances in results-based school accountability programs. Susan also has led several national improvement efforts, including two multi-state adult education reform initiatives under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult and Vocational Education (OVAE), and the development of content for the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence—a rigorous discipline-specific national teacher test. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a law degree from Cornell University. Since 2007, she has served on the National Assessment Governing Board that advises on the nation's report card, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). In addition to several articles, Susan is co-author with Denis P. Doyle of the best-selling book and CD-ROM, Raising the Standard: An Eight-Step Action Guide For Schools and Communities.
Amanda Vitello is a Field Impact Manager at Student Achievement Partners where she focuses on the development and dissemination of tools and resources to support educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards. Amanda began her career as a community educator and middle school teacher. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners in 2013, Amanda was the National Director of Implementation for Kaplan K12 Learning Services, supervising large-scale district programs. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Educational Counseling from National University.
Gene Wilhoit joined Student Achievement Partners as a Partner in January 2013. Gene served as executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) from 2006 until 2013, having spent his entire professional career serving education at the local, state, and national levels. At CCSSO, Gene spearheaded the states’ collective action to adopt the Common Core State Standards, marshaled a comprehensive restructuring of teacher and leader supports including consensus on preparation reform, stimulated state action to improve data systems and founded the multi-state Innovation Lab Network.
From 1994 to 2006, Gene led two state education agencies, as director of the Arkansas Department of Education and as deputy commissioner and commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education. In those positions, he shepherded finance reform, led equity initiatives, designed and implemented assessment and accountability systems, advanced nationally recognized preschool and technology programs, and reorganized state agencies to focus on service and support. Gene began his career as a social studies teacher in Ohio and Indiana. He served as a program director in the Indiana Department of Education, an administrator in Kanawha County West Virginia, and a special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education before assuming the position of executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) which he held 1986-1993.
Gene holds degrees from Georgetown College and Indiana University. Wilhoit has also studied education administration at the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. He is a member of numerous education organizations, serves on several boards, has served on national and state commissions and has written and spoken on a variety of education issues.
He and his wife, Rebecca Campbell Wilhoit, have three children, Christopher, Kara, and Jason.
Jason Zimba was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and is a Founding Partner of Student Achievement Partners. He holds a B.A. from Williams College with a double major in mathematics and astrophysics; an M.Sc. by research in mathematics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the University of California at Berkeley. As a researcher, Dr. Zimba’s work spanned a range of fields, including astronomy, astrophysics theoretical physics, philosophy of science, and pure mathematics. His academic awards include a Rhodes scholarship and a Majorana Prize for theoretical physics. As an educator, he has taught physics, mathematics, and other subjects to college students, university physics and engineering majors, adult prison inmates, disadvantaged high school students, and children of non-English speaking immigrants.
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