Ron Berger is Chief Academic Officer for EL Education, which supports over 150 public schools toward high achievement, character, and college readiness. EL’s core work is building teacher capacity in schools and districts nationally through professional development and open resources.
Ron works closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches a course that uses exemplary student work to illuminate standards. With Harvard colleague Steve Seidel, he founded Models of Excellence: The Center for High-Quality Student Work, an open-source collection of the nation’s best K-12 student work. He is an Annenberg Foundation Teacher Scholar, and received the Autodesk Foundation National Teacher of the Year award. He is the author of six books: An Ethic of Excellence, and A Culture of Quality; recently, Leaders of Their Own Learning, Transformational Literacy, Management in the Active Classroom, and Learning that Lasts. He is a featured speaker nationally and internationally on inspiring quality and character in students.
Ron was a public school teacher and master carpenter in rural Massachusetts for over 25 years.