New ASCD Staff Expand Association’s Ability to Design, Deliver, and Evaluate Professional Development Resources

Alexandria, VA (04/16/2013)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, welcomes three new staff members to the association’s Program Development Work Group. Dr. Andrea Muse has accepted the position of director of research and program evaluation, Jen Thompson will serve as director of program management and process improvement, and Elizabeth Thurman has joined ASCD as director of customer engagement and product support. The additions of Muse, Thompson, and Thurman expand ASCD’s capability to design, deliver, and evaluate the critical professional development resources today’s educators need to learn, teach, and lead.

Dr. Andrea Muse, in her new role as director of research and program evaluation, will design and conduct evaluations measuring the effective implementations of ASCD’s programs, products, and services. Dr. Muse holds a PhD in developmental psychology and previously served as a senior research associate and senior technical liaison on a variety of projects at Manila Consulting Group. In that role, her main focus was the national evaluation of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice. Prior to that role, Dr. Muse worked as a research scientist with the American Institutes for Research, where she conducted research on literacy, teacher preparation, and children’s cognitive development.

Jen Thompson, ASCD’s new director of program management and process improvement, will support the association’s Program Development group by planning, implementing, executing, and assessing product and program solutions across development teams. Thompson will also work with cross-functional project teams to ensure successful execution of new product development efforts. Thompson comes to ASCD after 12 years at K12 Inc. and Kaplan. Accomplishments include the successful delivery of hundreds of groundbreaking, multimedia rich and technology-enhanced learning products. Special areas of focus have been complex process improvement, innovation, product portfolio management, and platform design.

Elizabeth Thurman, director of customer engagement and product support, joins ASCD to expand the association’s product implementation capabilities. Thurman is a certified project management professional with 15 years of program and project management experience, focusing on operations and implementation. Before spending the last eight years in the education industry at Calvert Education Services and K12 Inc., she worked in government consulting, managing and participating on a variety of domestic and international projects. Muse, Thompson, and Thurman will all report to ASCD’s Chief Program Development Officer, MC Desrosiers.

“ASCD warmly welcomes Andrea, Jen, and Elizabeth,” said Desrosiers. “Each of these outstanding women brings specialized knowledge and experience to ASCD that adds to our core mission of empowering educators to support the success of each learner, and we look forward to their contributions to our ongoing efforts to bring educators worldwide ‘best in class’ professional development resources.”
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