Monica R. Martinez, PhD, is an education strategist, author, speaker on innovation and education, including high school redesign, teaching, and college access. She is the Chief School Support Officer for the XQ Institute where she oversees the XQ schools and overall strategic, programmatic, policy, and partnership development in support of XQ high schools. Prior to this, she was a Senior Fellow sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Obama and an education strategist. As an education strategist, she served in an advisory capacity to multiple organizations, including foundations, nonprofits, and state systems to assist in creating, revising, or implementing their education strategies and initiatives. Prior to this role, she served as the President of the New Tech Network and the Vice President for Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks. In Washington, DC, she was a senior associate at the Institute for Educational Leadership where she founded the Washington, D.C.-based National High School Alliance, and The National Partnerships for Excellence and Accountability in Teaching. Monica is an appointee by Governor Brown as a Commissioner for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Learning Forward, a national professional association devoted exclusively to those who work in educator professional development, and Marin Humane, a local nonprofit organization focused on animals. Her book, DeeperLearning, a collection of insights about how 8 public schools are transforming education in the 21st century was released in 2014 by the New Press and reprinted in paperback in May 2018. In 2016, Monica was named as a Distinguished Alumni of New York University.
Learning Forward’s Conference is the only national conference that focuses on the training and coaching of teachers. Over the last six years of annual attendance, we have been able to improve Tier 1 instruction, shared decision-making, morale, school culture, and teacher retention and attrition.— Angela Silva
This was my first Learning Forward conference experience. I was able to attend with 5 other colleagues. From the moment it started we felt welcomed and a part of a much larger community of teachers/coaches and learners. The sessions were directly relevant to my work and not only gave me new ideas, theories or frameworks but gave me the opportunity to truly reflect on my own practice.— Heidi Wilhelm