Mark Kostin is associate director of the Great Schools Partnership. Mark joined the Partnership in 2003 and co-leads a number of large-scale initiatives including the New England Secondary School Consortium and the NextGen Personalized Learning initiative. He provides direct support to state education agencies and supports districts and schools across the country. Mark’s professional interests include collaborative school improvement, ensuring college and career readiness for all students, the role of policy in large-scale reform, and the importance of schools in a democracy. Mark earned his BSc in chemistry and a DipEd in secondary education from McGill University in Montreal and an MEd in administration and planning and an EdD in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Vermont. Mark has worked as a science teacher in Canada’s largest school system in Toronto and was a school administrator in a large rural school district in Vermont. Mark was a tenured faculty member at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA where he directed an award-winning proficiency-based secondary education program and oversaw the field experiences and partnership in dozens of districts for over 1,000 university students a year. He lives in Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife and three children.