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News Release - Amy Anderson Named Assistant Commissioner of Innovation and Choice

Aug. 8, 2011

News Release

Amy Anderson named assistant commissioner of innovation & choice

Commissioner of Education Robert Hammond today announced Dr. Amy Berk Anderson as assistant commissioner of innovation & choice for the Colorado Department of Education.

Anderson has been the director of strategic partnerships at the Donnell-Kay Foundation for the past four years where she has overseen the foundation’s work on blended and online learning, innovation schools, new school development and education entrepreneurship.

Anderson brings 20 years of experience in education policy, choice and innovation to the department. In 2010, she was appointed by former Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. to the State Charter School Institute Board of Directors, where she served as treasurer. She also recently served as a blended learning expert on the Expanded Learning Opportunities Commission started by former Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones. Some of her most fulfilling work has been as a founder, board member and parent with the Odyssey School, a high performing K-8 Denver charter school in its 13th year of operation.

Anderson was introduced to ground-breaking approaches to organizing and running schools in the early ‘90s through her work passing the nation’s first charter school law in Minnesota. Since then, she has provided technical assistance to charter, innovation and virtual schools across the country and has helped states and districts solve complex policy and implementation issues associated with choice and innovation.

She has a reputation for her success in working across all levels of the system to develop and implement a wide variety of education reforms. Some of Anderson’s most recent work is at the local and national levels on determining how to better integrate digital learning with face-to-face instruction in Colorado. Her hope is that Colorado will soon be in a place where it can effectively utilize technology to better customize learning for students, expand choice and extend the reach of great teachers and content to all students in our state, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Anderson was a senior associate with Augenblick, Palaich, & Associates, an education consulting firm specializing in school finance and education policy. She also served as director of new school development at the Colorado League of Charter Schools, launched the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and ran an independent consulting firm for several years.

Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation and master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin.

Anderson begins her work at the Colorado Department of Education on Aug. 29.

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