Lee Kappes is the Assistant Director for Practice of the Education and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.
In this role, Lee guides our established networks of senior urban school system leaders, working closely with member districts to support implementation of the Common Core and new state standards. Lee was previously a lead consultant for the Education and Society program before transitioning to the program full time.
Lee was most recently a founder and managing partner of Reach Associates, where she was involved in leading strategic planning and professional learning for state education agencies, school districts and schools. Lee is also one of the lead developers of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) Framework, an instructional strategy for classroom implementation of the Common Core State Standards, which is now used extensively in schools across the nation.
Before her work at Reach Associates, Lee worked as a K-12 practitioner, as a senior leader in a large urban school district and as a classroom teacher. Lee holds her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy from Seton Hall University, an M.S. in Educational Administration from Long Island University and a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from College Misericordia.