As a Division Director, Susan Mundry provides strategic leadership for a $72M portfolio of research and technical assistance projects. She is an expert in professional learning, systems change, educational equity, and leadership development. She directs a team leading research and coaching for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands and a team of technical assistance providers for the Center for Educational Equity. She is also developing a simulation game focused on Learning Forwards’ new Standards for Professional Learning.
She recently directed a major project for the State of North Carolina to resolve a decades-old equity lawsuit—leading a team investigating the state’s education system through 12 studies and preparing recommendations for the court overseeing the case—and developed a 10-year action plan to increase student outcomes.
Previously, Mundry directed the National Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership and designed academies for Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, and Puerto Rico. Based on this work, she coauthored the award-winning Leading Every Day: Actions for Effective Leadership, which was named a Learning Forward Book of the Year. Mundry also codeveloped Leading Professional Learning: Building Capacity for Sustained Practice, a simulation game for building communities of practice to improve learning; coauthored the best-selling books, Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics and The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students; and has authored or coauthored many other publications and toolkits.
Formerly, Mundry was Associate Director at NETWORK, Inc., where she managed the National Center for Improving Science Education and developed two simulations games: Making Change for School Improvement and Systems Thinking Systems Changing.
Mundry earned a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an EdM from Boston University.