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Tucker is managing director of of Education Sector and is responsible for managing its day-to-day operations, including oversight for all administrative, human resources, financial, legal, communications, strategic planning, and program functions. In his policy work for Education Sector, he focuses on technology and innovation--specifically virtual schooling, assessments, and data systems. Tucker is a social entrepreneur who has founded and led both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. His expertise ranges from finance to strategic development and technology, he has extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and he has led the growth of several organizations; in 2000, he co-founded SmarterOrg, Inc, an e-learning company, and sold it in 2002 to the Isoph Corporation, a provider of specialized e-learning software, services, and content development. Through 2005 he served as Isoph's chief knowledge officer, co-managing the company's operations and advising organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Land Trust Alliance, and the National Wildlife Federation on organizational learning strategies and business models. Prior to graduate school, Tucker managed the training, conference, and publishing operations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the nation's largest provider of management and technical training to nonprofit organizations.

Published Articles & Media

The Flipped Classroom

Online instruction at home frees class time for learning

The Bruce Randolph Rorschach Test

Poor Bruce Randolph School. First, President Obama praises the school. Then Diane Ravitch cited the school as an example of “statistical legerdemain.” And now, Paul Tough uses Randolph as an example of excuse-making and says students “deserve better.” Who’s right?

Teachers Swap Recipes

Educators use web sites and social networks to share lesson plans

Texas Tackles the Data Problem

New system will give teachers information they can use

What K-12 Can Learn from For-Profit Higher Ed

While it’s difficult to assess the quality of any educational program the issue is especially acute with K-12 virtual schooling. And, the problem with funding is that our current metrics are either ineffective or are not at all compatible with virtual learning. So, we need something different. And, this gives us the opportunity to align our resource allocations to indicators that get as close as possible to what really matters: student learning.

Seven Reasons Why the Assessment Consortia Will Matter More than Race to the Top

Four years from now it will be clear that while the Race to the Top competition drove important state-level policy changes, the work of the assessment consortia will have made the most direct impact on teaching and learning. After reading the applications from Smarter/Balanced and PARCC, I’m struck by a few immediate reactions.

Race to the Test Due Today — What’s Needed Going Forward

Today is the deadline for the $350 million “Race to the Test” competition. And, as feared, this “Race” is not really a competition, but more akin to your elementary school’s annual field day: There will be only three consortia competing for three awards.

Florida’s Online Option

Virtual school offers template for reform

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