Amy is the Managing Director of ReSchool Colorado, a multi-year initiative launched in 2013 to create an entirely new statewide education system. Amy is responsible for leading the discovery-driven process that results in the vision, design, and strategy for ReSchool Colorado. Although she has a broad array of expertise, Amy has focused on the policy aspect of creating a new education system and the system components that requires us to reimagine, such as governance and finance.
Prior to launching ReSchool, Amy was Associate Commissioner at the Colorado Department of Education where she created and led the Division of Innovation, Choice, and Engagement. Her work there resulted in the creation of a statewide vision and strategy to personalize learning and ignite the unique potential of each student through Expanded Learning Opportunities. Before her time at CDE, Amy had her first stint with the Donnell-Kay Foundation as the Director of Strategic Partnerships where she launched the Foundation’s work on blended learning. She also worked as a senior consultant with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, and led new school development efforts for the Colorado League of Charter Schools.
Amy is a founder of The Odyssey School, a Denver charter school started in 1998 where both her children attended and she served for many years on the board of directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for the International Association of K12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Amy holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Colorado and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
Selamawit serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at ReSchool Colorado and is thrilled to spend most her time working on Blueprint4SummerCO. In her role, Selamawit is leading efforts to coordinate and curate the “out of school” landscape of learning opportunities for all youth, starting with the summer space. Selamawit deeply believes all people hold their innate agencies and should be able to thrive in all parts of their lives in service of their agency.
Prior to this work, Selamawit worked on the Academic Product and Operations team at Guild Education, a Denver-Based edtech company. In this space, Selamawit worked on innovative course design and enrollment processes within their learning management system. Prior to Guild, Selamawit taught English to phenomenal high school students in Atlanta as a Teach for America Corps Member. As a teacher, Selamawit designed her school’s African American Studies and SAT Prep courses, and spearheaded a community forum tasked to explore ways to align current lived experiences with academic standards.
Selamawit is an Atlanta native and holds a B.A from Cornell University.
Jessica creates and executes plans to raise awareness about ReSchool and its initiatives using various storytelling and marketing strategies. She serves as the point of contact for managing grants and contracts and leads internal operations for ReSchool. She is deeply committed to ensuring education opportunities adequately prepare individuals to be healthy, fulfilled, contributing members of society. She believes that that the traditional education system and the people serving within it are overtaxed, and that by recognizing all the places in which kids learn and access support, we can better serve learners and providers within the education ecosystem. She is also really interested in the work going on to ensure our education and labor systems and interacting, and learners are informed about the economic landscape they will enter.
Prior to joining the Donnell-Kay Foundation and ReSchool, Jessica worked at the Colorado Department of Education in multiple roles, interacting with various education stakeholders. She helped manage federally and state-funded dollars supporting adult education programs that are working with adults to attain basic academic skills, learn English, be more active participants in their child’s education and/or deepen workforce skills. Jessica also supported the Commissioner of Education and worked with innovation and charter schools. Prior to CDE, Jessica worked with a non-profit providing high school equivalency testing to youth and adult offenders.
Jessica is a proud Colorado native and graduated from Colorado State University.