Quality Standards Panel

The Quality Standards Panel ensures that evidence-based practice is advanced through high standards that incentivize broad adoption, and facilitate continuous improvement of the Linked Learning approach. The Panel does so by reconciling research and data on effective practices with the realities of the Linked Learning ‘marketplace’ in light of the exigencies of civic, postsecondary, and employer success. The panel provides a formalized oversight structure for the development and calibration of Linked Learning pathway and student certification standards, and provides guidance to ensure that certification drives excellence in a manner conducive to the recognition of outcomes. The panel also serves as a platform from which other types of certification, professional recognitions, or badging can be discussed and developed. Interested nominees are encouraged to have some background in certification system design, program evaluation, and/or psychometrics.

  • JD Hoye (Chair), President | NAF
  • Steven Jackson, Director of College and Career Readiness | Sonoma County Office of Education
  • Esther Soliman, Linked Learning Director | The Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Bridget Netter, Director of Business Education Partnerships | Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert F. Curtis, Director of Regional and District Support | Connect Ed: The California Center for College and Career
  • Joy Soares, Director for College and Career | Tulare County Office of Education
  • David Clark, Dean of Instruction | Reedley College
  • Cassie Gossett, Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement | Vallejo City Unified School District
  • Sveltana Darche, Director of Career Education, Health & Human Development Program | WestEd
  • Duane Robertson, Academy Coordinator and Computer Science, Media Arts Teacher | Antelope Valley Union High School District
  • Cline Zulmara, Associate Director for the Teacher Education and Public School Programs | California State University Chancellor’s Office
  • LeBaron Woodyard, Dean of Educational Programs and Professional Development | California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • Donna Wyatt, Career and College Transition Division Director | California Department of Education
  • Cynthia Bater, Linked Learning and Career Pathways Program Administrator | Long Beach Unified School District