Transforming Education: Generation Schools Network™ Elects Reilly Pharo to Board of Directors

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Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit whose innovative education model offers students and teachers up to 30% more and better learning time, announced the election of Reilly Pharo to its Board of Directors.

Reilly Pharo, an executive at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, is the newest member of Generation Schools Network’s Board of Directors.

I’ve followed Generation Schools Network’s ground-breaking and innovative work in Colorado, and have been impressed with their many contributions to transforming public education...

Generation Schools Network™, the nationally-recognized, award-winning nonprofit whose innovative education model offers students and teachers up to 30% more and better learning time, announced the election of Reilly Pharo to its Board of Directors. With its core schools in two major urban areas, including Denver, CO and Brooklyn, NY, Generation Schools Network is proud to add Reilly as the organization's second Board member from Colorado.

Reilly currently serves as the Vice President of Education Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. She leads the organization’s education policy work as well as serves on the Children’s Campaign’s leadership team.

Reilly first started working on education policy through Colorado’s landmark legislation in 2010, the Great Teachers and Leaders Act. More recently, she spent the last two years focusing on an effort spearheaded by the Colorado Children’s Campaign to rewrite the state’s School Finance Act and move Colorado to a student-centered formula. Her work with the Children’s Campaign focuses on strategies to support vulnerable children and reduce Colorado’s growing rate of child poverty.

Reilly previously worked as the Children’s Campaign’s Government Affairs Director, leading the organization’s political work. Her passion for policy and politics was first sparked studying Political Science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

According to Wendy Loloff Piersee, CEO of Generation Schools Network, “We’re very pleased that Reilly has joined our Board of Directors, and know that her vast experience, expertise, and dedication to education improvement, policy, and advocacy issues will contribute greatly to our expansion efforts at Generation Schools Network.”

“I’ve followed Generation Schools Network’s ground-breaking and innovative work in Colorado, and have been impressed with their many contributions to transforming public education. I’m delighted to join their Board, and look forward to contributing to the future growth of this outstanding mission-focused organization,” said Reilly Pharo, Generation Schools Network’s newest Board member.

Reilly is a Colorado native and grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. Reilly lives in Denver and when she’s not at work can often be found playing volleyball at Wash Park, hiking in the mountains, road biking, skiing or fly fishing.

About Generation Schools Network™

Generation Schools Network™ (GSN) is a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit organization whose innovative education model offers students and teachers up to 30% more and better learning time. Recognized by Bridgespan and the Center for High-Impact Philanthropy as one of the most cost-effective and promising school-redesign models in the country, GSN is dedicated to re-thinking the basic structures of a public school to ensure that all students – regardless of life circumstances – have access to a great education. Ultimately, their mission is to fundamentally transform schools to better prepare students for life’s responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities.

Generation Schools Network™ re-organizes the resources that districts already have -- particularly talent, time, and technology -- to implement the first-and-only education model in the nation that expands learning time and reduces class size for all students in core courses. As a result, good teachers are able to spend more time with fewer students, without increasing the work year or requiring an overhaul to existing teachers’ contracts. Importantly, the Generation Schools Network™ model seeks to be cost effective for district and school budgets.

To learn more about Generation Schools Network, visit http://www.GenerationSchools.org, send an email to info(at)GenerationSchools(dot)org, or call (720) 299-0474.

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