Press Release

Collaborative Classroom Appoints New Trustees

New members bring deep expertise in education, culturally responsive teaching, and knowledge-based school improvement

Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing curricula that support the academic, ethical, social, and emotional development of children, today announced three new appointments to its Board of Trustees.

“Our programs and materials are reaching more teachers and students every year,” said Ken Doane, Board Chair. “As we grow, we call on the diverse perspectives and broad expertise of our Trustees to guide our organization and advance our mission to ensure that students across the U.S. thrive both in and out of the classroom.”

The new Trustees are:

  • Zaretta Hammond, Education Consultant and Author—Known for her pioneering work around equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching, Ms. Hammond is a national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.
  • Virginia B. Edwards, Communications and Organizational Development Consultant—With deep education industry expertise, Ms. Edwards served in editorial and executive roles at Editorial Projects in Education for over 20 years. She oversaw the 90-person nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week, Teacher Magazine, Market Brief, and the annual reports Quality Counts and Technology Counts.
  • Louis M. Gomez, Professor of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—Mr. Gomez’s work focuses on helping schools and communities improve through the collaborative creation of new approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment. His recent publications include “Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better” (2015) and “Embedding Language Support in Developmental Mathematics Lessons: Exploring the Value of Design as Professional Development for Community College,” Mathematics Instructors (2015).

“Collaborative Classroom is focused on helping educators integrate core reading, writing, and listening skills with social and emotional learning that will empower students to be more effective contributors in their classrooms today and in their workplaces and communities tomorrow,” said Roger King, President and CEO. “Zaretta, Ginny, and Louis are all well versed in the world of education and have played important roles in the growth and development of schools and the children and communities they serve. We are fortunate to have them join our team.”

About Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing curricula that support the academic, ethical, social, and emotional development of children. The organization’s mission is to provide schools and districts with a path to harnessing research-supported teaching practices that help students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers as they develop the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive. For more information visit