Amy Hodges Slamp is a Senior Program Officer on the K-12 team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she leads work focused on supporting the work of schools in networks that are focused on improving results for students, with a primary focus on leadership. She has also focused on the leadership supports necessary to integrate the implementation of the Common Core and teacher effectiveness work in the states and sites supported by the foundation. Since beginning her career in education as a teacher in the 1980s, Dr. Slamp has amassed considerable experience within public school systems at the state and district-levels. Prior to joining the Foundation, Amy served as the Superintendent of the Elizabethtown Area School District in Elizabethtown, PA, where she worked for 5 years. Before that time Amy served as the Director for the Bureau of Teaching and Learning Supports for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has also been a team leader for the regional office of small, secondary schools working with New Visions in New York; principal of JP McCaskey High School in Lancaster, PA; and vice principal of the Rift Valley Academy in Kenya, Africa. Amy began her teaching career in 1982 as a high school mathematics and science teacher and taught in both rural and urban settings in Alabama, as well as in Kenya. She holds a doctorate degree in school administration and leadership from Vanderbilt University – Peabody College; a master’s degree in secondary education, mathematics and biology, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, mathematics and biology, from Auburn University.
The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current projects helps me feel very informed so that I can feel abreast of current trends in the professional learning field. At the same time, the balance of topics that are “oldies but goodies” is nice because there are always new practitioners joining the conference.— 2018 Attendee
The Learning Forward Conference provided a great mix of practitioners and university personnel that provided for incredible networking opportunities! I will be there next year.— Susan L. Ogletree