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Svetlana Darche

Svetlana Darche has extensive experience in evaluation, strategic planning, program design, and building of cross-sectoral collaborations for system change and program improvement in education and social services.

Darche has also developed an extensive array of tools and materials to promote career-related education reforms.

She is currently focused on identifying the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for “college and career readiness,” developing tools to assess needed skills, and strengthening in-school and work-based strategies to facilitate skill attainment.

She has successfully managed numerous large multi-stakeholder efforts, requiring facilitation and synthesis of diverse perspectives, including:

  • A feasibility study for the California Department of Education (CDE) on expanding the Linked Learning approach to high school reform
  • A study for The Irvine Foundation on the expansion of high-quality work-based learning in California
  • With the CDE and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, development of California’s State Plan for Career Technical Education
  • With the CDE, development of a new strategic plan for its Adult Education program

Darche also serves as Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project that prepares students for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. This is accomplished through implementation of the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-sponsored GLOBE program—Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment.

As part of the GLOBE program, students in “green” career academies collect data, interact with scientists, carry out local projects, and connect with students throughout the world.

Darche has provided career development services in private practice and worked extensively with immigrant populations. She began her career with the U.S. General Accounting Office as an evaluator of federal programs.