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English Language Arts

English Language Arts Services

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Curriculum Support: Building or Evaluating Lessons and Units: The EQuIP suite of tools helps educators to deepen their understanding of the innovations of new, higher standards and guides the evaluation and development of instructional materials.
Assessment Support for Educators: We support educators in thinking more deeply about how they assess students in their classrooms to better inform instruction.
Working with English Language Arts Standards: We provide training to help unpack the expectations of college- and career-ready academic standards in English language arts/literacy so that teachers can more effectively implement them in their classrooms.
Working with English Language Arts Content: Our team can equip teachers with effective strategies for implementing particularly challenging content areas in English language arts.
Consulting Services

Consulting

Instructional Materials Transitions: We work with districts to plan and strategize for smooth transitions to new English language arts/literacy instructional materials.
EQuIP English Language Arts Materials Review: Using the EQuIP suite of tools, our team of experts can review and rate existing instructional materials.
English Language Arts Assessment Reviews: Building upon over two decades of experience conducting reviews of assessments, our experts can review assessments for quality and standards alignment.
English Language Arts Standards Reviews: Achieve has a long history as the leader in reviewing academic standards and can conduct reviews in your state.
Policy Research

Policy Research

Put our team’s policy expertise to work for you! We conduct research, write briefs, and offer recommendations about major trends in English language arts education and in state education policies related to graduation requirements, standards, assessments, accountability, and more.

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Meet Our Program Team

Mike Cohen
Michael Cohen

President

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Mike Cohen
Michael Cohen

President

Michael is a nationally-recognized leader in education policy and standards-based reform and has served as Achieve’s President since 2003. Under his leadership, Achieve has pioneered the college and career readiness movement and served as a trusted partner to states in their efforts to better serve all students. He has held leadership positions in education policy at the National Governors Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Jennifer Sattem
Jennifer Sattem

Vice President,
Policy & Research

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Jennifer Sattem
Jennifer Sattem

Vice President,
Policy & Research

Jennifer oversees Achieve’s strategy for working with states to help them develop, enact and sustain college-and career-ready policies and initiatives. This includes working with states in developing assessment and accountability systems and increasing alignment between the P-12 and higher education systems to support the goal of college and career readiness for all students. She has expertise  in college- and career-ready policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the areas of assessment, accountability, reporting, and postsecondary engagement.
Aneesha Badrinarayan
Aneesha Badrinarayan

Director,
Special Projects & Initiatives

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Aneesha Badrinarayan
Aneesha Badrinarayan

Director,
Special Projects & Initiatives

Aneesha provides support for the implementation efforts surrounding the Next Generation Science Standards, with a particular emphasis on supporting states and districts with the development and use of high-quality assessment systems. A behavioral neuroscientist by training, she has become a nationally-recognized leader in science assessment.
Ted Coe
Ted Coe, Ph.D.

Director, Mathematics

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Ted Coe
Ted Coe, Ph.D.

Director, Mathematics

Ted Coe, Ph.D., provides mathematics content expertise across all of Achieve's initiatives and supports states in mathematics standards implementation and assessment, including the development of tools for use by states, districts, and educators. Ted has served as a high school mathematics teacher, a community college mathematics professor, and an assistant college dean during his 20-year education career.
Matt Krehbiel
Matt Krehbiel

Director, Science

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Matt Krehbiel
Matt Krehbiel

Director, Science

Matt leads Achieve’s efforts to support states and districts in the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He is responsible for supporting and managing EQuIP for science and the PEEC-alignment tool. A former high school science teacher and state science supervisor, Matt has expertise in instructional materials design, selection, and implementation, state science education policy, and more.
Marie O'Hara
Marie O’Hara

Director, Research

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Marie O'Hara
Marie O’Hara

Director, Research

Marie manages Achieve’s research on state policy adoption and implementation efforts in aligning standards, graduation requirements, assessments, data, and accountability systems with the demands of college and careers. She has led Achieve’s analysis of state college and career readiness policies for a decade and has deep expertise in state data collection and public reporting.
Jenny Sarna
Jenny Sarna

Director, District Support

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Jenny Sarna
Jenny Sarna

Director, District Support

Jenny works with district-level leaders on the implementation of college- and career-ready STEM policies and initiatives, including science curriculum adoption and STEM career pathway design.
Kelly Van Breveren
Kelly Van Breveren

Senior Associate,
Policy and Communications

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Kelly Van Breveren
Kelly Van Breveren

Senior Associate,
Policy and Communications

Kelly leads the communications and outreach efforts for Achieve’s work and supports the development of college- and career-ready policy research and tools. She previously worked in education policy communications at the federal level, at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid.
Hans Voss
Hans Voss

Senior Associate, Policy

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Hans Voss
Hans Voss

Senior Associate, Policy

Hans works on Achieve’s policy research efforts to help states advance college- and career-ready graduation pathways, standards, assessments, and accountability systems. He has been a part of the Achieve team since 2011, and previously supported the organization’s network of advocacy coalitions as well as instructional materials initiatives.
Vanessa Wolbrink
Vanessa Wolbrink

Senior Associate, Science

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Vanessa Wolbrink
Vanessa Wolbrink

Senior Associate, Science

Vanessa provides support for the NGSS adoption and implementation for states and districts as well as support for Achieve’s broader STEM initiatives. Before her policy work, she was a Teach for America educator serving as an elementary teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District.
Neelo Soltanzadeh
Neelo Soltanzadeh

Program Associate, Science

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Neelo Soltanzadeh
Neelo Soltanzadeh

Program Associate, Science

Neelo works on NGSS and STEM initiatives as a part of the Achieve science team. Before her policy work, she was a middle school science educator in Maryland with a particular focus on STEM and educational equity.

Impact

23

years of working with states, districts & partners

8,273

educators trained to use the EQuIP suite of tools

250+

materials reviewed by the Science Peer Review Panel

170+

years of staff experience working with educators, states, and districts

118,000

average monthly visitors to Achieve’s websites

11,933

downloads of TAPS science assessment task resources

What Our Partners Say

"Working with Achieve to navigate a transition to a broader, bolder vision for science assessment has been a phenomenal journey into uncharted territory in Nebraska. The thought leadership, professional learning sessions, and synthesis of shareholder voices has been instrumental to the implementation of 3D standards and a vision of success for all students.”
— Sara Cooper
Science Supervisor, Nebraska
“Implementation of standards as complex as the Next Generation Science Standards requires sustained innovation to support teachers, schools, districts and states. Fortunately, Achieve has been a leader in developing open and useful resources that have been key in supporting practitioners.”
— Nathan Dadey
Associate, Center for Assessment
"The deep learning I have experienced through working with Achieve has been invaluable. Each learning experience has challenged me to reconsider and refine my own understanding of 3D teaching, learning and assessment, and has pushed me to be a better educator. As I have been engaged in writing and evaluating assessment tasks, I have had my own sense making moments, and that's pretty cool!"
— Betsy Barent
Middle School Teacher, Norris Middle School,
President, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science
"Achieve has provided a wealth of resources to my district as we navigate our way through NGSS-implementation. Across our grades and sites, our teachers now regularly refer to Achieve resources. I’m so grateful to Aneesha and Achieve not only for the support they’ve provided our community, but also for having equity at the forefront of their work so that all of our students become scientists."
— Sana Suzuki-Bishop
Director of Science and Technology
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles, CA

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