Out Teach Program Committee
Danielle Scaturro — Program Committee Chair
Danielle previously oversaw the management and strategic direction of PropelNext at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, developing and executing the business plan for the future of the program while ensuring the success of current grantees’ and co-investors’ engagement with the initiative.
Before being named Director of PropelNext in 2016, Danielle helped craft the initiative as Director of Program Operations, identifying cohort candidates, managing the selection process, developing systems to measure cohort performance, managing a set of grantee relationships, and working with co-investors. In her previous position as Senior Portfolio Associate, Scaturro created the Foundation’s performance management process to better understand the grantee portfolio’s results, managed relationships with several grantees, and helped identify and assess new candidates for investment. She initially served as the Foundation’s accountant. Before joining EMCF in 2002, Danielle held several positions in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in direct services and finance and administration. Danielle earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY.
Principal Associate, Abt Associates
Beth understands that practitioners need evidence with which to make critical decisions about how to meet the needs of those they serve, and sees opportunities to use robust evaluation tools and methods to generate that evidence. She has over 15 years of experience designing and conducting evaluations of education programs that provide actionable evidence to program staff, practitioners, and policy makers.
She understands the opportunities and challenges of conducting field-based evaluations and of integrating program goals and evidence building. For the last 10 years she has worked with the U.S. Department of Education and over 200 of their grantees to incorporate evaluation methods into their implementation of innovative approaches to improving education. She works to build on this experience to grow they ways in which rigorous evaluation tools can be deployed for the benefit of practitioners and those they serve. In addition to her work with Project Evident, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Research in Educational Effectiveness and provides evaluation technical assistance as a Principal Associate at Abt Associates. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Peggy Brookins, NBCT, is President and CEO of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Prior to this role, she was the National Board’s Executive Vice President and also served on the Board of Directors. In July 2014, President Barack Obama named Brookins as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.
In 1994, she co-founded the Engineering and Manufacturing Institute of Technology at Forest High School in Ocala, Florida, where she served as director and as a mathematics instructor until her arrival at National Board. Brookins achieved her certification in Adult and Young Adolescent Mathematics in 2003 and renewed in 2013. She has been inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and is a Florida Education Association “Everyday Hero,” and received the association’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2013, Brookins was named an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar.
Senior University Relations Director, Mentor Collective
Vanessa Ford is a 20-year education veteran focused at the intersection of equity and STEM education. Vanessa was a teacher in DC Public Schools, the former Director of Education and Training for Out Teach and now works in EdTech addressing issues of opportunity and access in Higher Education.
Professor, Texas Christian University College of Education
Dr. Weinburgh is Director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education at Texas Christian University (TCU), and she directs the Ph.D. in Educational Studies for Science Education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in science education and the Honors section of a non-majors biology course.
In 2011 she received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar and became an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Dr. Weinburgh currently is the Co-Editor of the Electronic Journal of Science Education and is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and Journal of Elementary Science Education.
She taught biology for 16 years before accepting her first science education faculty appointment at Georgia State University (1991-2002) in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Studies (Science Education) from Emory University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Agnes Scott College. Dr. Weinburgh believes in the mission of Out Teach and brings an academic understanding of the educational landscape. Her areas of focus include science education, equity issues, inquiry-based science instruction, and teacher growth.
Out Teach Staff Members
Scott Feille, Vice President of Regional Operations and Impact
Jeanne McCarty, CEO