As The Learning Agenda’s Managing Partner, Hillary Oravec leads projects for our foundation, school district, independent school, and nonprofit partners in the areas of strategy and program development, sustainability planning, professional learning community and network management, and research and evaluation. She brings over 15 years of experience working with summer and expanded learning programs, local and national funder collaboratives, and national intermediary organizations. Hillary is currently facilitating a learning community for the Barr Foundation’s Wider Learning Ecosystem grantees, who are leading innovative high school redesign planning projects. She also serves as the project manager and tool developer for the Wallace Foundation’s Summer Planning Toolkit website, which will feature a comprehensive set of evidence-based resources to plan and implement a large-scale summer program. She recently led strategic planning projects for the Birmingham Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL) and Central Texas Summer STEM Investment Hub funding collaboratives, setting the vision and goals for the next three to five years in the areas of governance and administration, membership growth, structuring pooled funding opportunities, advocacy and public engagement, and data and assessment.
After two years of planning work, school teams share what they have learned about redesigning high schools to better leverage community assets.