Who We Are

Mission

The Center's mission is to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships among faculty and local, state, regional, and national educational agencies and organizations for the purpose of promoting advancements in professional education, developing innovative solutions for current thorny problems of practice in education and supporting collaborative research designed to improve teaching, leadership, equity, and student learning in public schools.

Our Team

Picture of Segun EubanksDr. Segun Eubanks is the Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). Eubanks also served over five years as the Chair of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), a 132,000- student school district bordering Washington, DC. In September 2017, Eubanks became a Senior Fellow at the Center for Teaching Quality. Prior to joining UMD, Eubanks worked in various leadership roles at the National Education Association, including as Director of Teacher Quality and Director of Professional Educator Support. In these roles, Eubanks led major policy initiatives and programs such as the Teacher Leadership Initiative, the Teacher Residency Taskforce, the National Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching and the NEA’s Committee on Professional Standards and Practice. Eubanks is a staunch advocate for public education and expert in teacher quality, teacher diversity and teacher professionalism. He has served in various leadership roles with national non-profit education organizations including as Executive Director of the Community Teachers Institute and Vice President of Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. Eubanks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Educational Advocacy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Springfield College, and a Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

Iris headshotIris Bond Gill is Project Manager at the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland, College Park. She brings 20 years of education policy and management experience to the Center. Most recently, Bond Gill led development and imprlementation of a successful three-year digital literacy and web literacy program at the Mozilla Foundation. Prior to this, Bond Gill was Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Secondary Education for the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education where she oversaw federal programs, served as a member of the State Superintendent's leadership cabinet, and liaised with other education leaders and local elected officials. Between 2002 and 2012, Bond Gill worked in Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organizations focused on secondary improvement, education and youth policy, and workforce development. Bond Gill has a Master of Science degree from the H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. 

 

Erin Janulis headshotErin Janulis is a Graduate Assistant with the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement and a fourth-year doctoral student in the Education Policy Studies Program in the College of Education. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she spent five years teaching middle and high school English and social studies in high-needs schools throughout Colorado. During this time, she also served as an active member of school's RTI team, school culture committee, AVID elective teacher, and data team lead. Her research focuses largely on policies and issues related to teacher retention in high poverty schools, particularly the ways school culture, climate, and leadership alter patterns of teacher attrition. She has also worked for the Maryland Equity Project for three years writing policy and data briefs on teacher staffing and school discipline trends in the state of Maryland. Erin received her B.A. in English and political science, M.A. in communication from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and teaching certification from the University of Denver. 

 

Picture of Jean SnellDr. Jean Snell is a Senior Faculty Specialist for the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland. Over the last twenty years, Snell has engaged with educators to help develop their capacity to close the achievement gap and to foster high quality teaching and learning conditions for all students. As an independent educational consultant, Snell provided leadership coaching to school and teacher leaders and qualitative data evaluation services to school and program administrators. Snell has served as a certified Lead Inspector with Teacher Prep Inspection (TPI-US), a curriculum developer and teacher trainer for Educators Rising, a classroom evaluator for the DC Public Charter School Board, and a Leadership Coach with Ed Fuel and Leading Educators. Previously, she launched the Leading Educators teacher leadership Fellowship program in Washington, DC as the Regional Executive Director, directed the Maryland Master’s Certification program at University of Maryland, and served as one of the founding Program Directors for the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. Snell earned her Doctorate in Education Policy at the University of Washington as well as the Danforth Leadership school administrator credential. She began her career in education as a secondary English teacher.

Danielle Bierzynski, Ed.D., Researcher and Content Design

Dan Brown, Teacher and Leader Development

Keniq Coney, School Improvement 

Jane Erhenfeld, Leadership Develop and Education Advocacy

Reem Labib, Leadership Development/Coaching

Belinda Jackson, Education Strategy and Program Design

Chloe Marshall, Education Policy and School Improvement

Christine Neumerski, Education Research

Reggie Robinson, Leadership Development and Coaching