Lori is a change agent committed to the belief that all students can learn deeply and joyfully.
Lori has served educators, students and families as a leader in urban, suburban and charter environments and as a teacher, researcher and consultant. Some of her proudest achievements include providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for meaningful change–including the creation of personalized, mastery-focused high schools.
Lori is skilled at helping partners explore what’s possible in classrooms and schools by asking tons of questions, providing lots of readings, supporting risk-taking and making sure there’s laughter along the way.
Selected Recognitions and Publications
- Distinguished Fellow, Students at the Center Research Hub, Jobs for the Future (2016-2018)
- Vice-chair, East Greenwich (RI) School Committee (elected 2016)
- McEwen, L. and Baraf, A. (2017) “Introducing the Student-Centered Learning Syllabus.” EdWeek Blog, November 10, 2017.
- McEwen, L. (2019) “Three Steps to Get Ready for Change.” www.techlearning.com
- “The Learning Mosaic: A Multiple Perspective Review of the Alberta Initiative for SchoolImprovement” with Andy Hargreaves, Robert Crocker, Brent Davis, Pasi Sahlberg, Dennis Shirley & Dennis Sumara and Maureen Hughes (Edmonton: Alberta Education, 2009)
- Co-presenter, “Transforming the Student Learning Experience with an SEL-focused Curriculum”, ASCD Empower 19, Chicago, IL March, 2019.
- “If You Build it, They Will Come: Top Tips for Moving Your District to Student-Centered Learning,” Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, Providence, RI October, 2018.
- Co-presenter, “Redefining Today’s Schools for Tomorrow’s Leaders,” Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Annual Executive Institute, Mashpee, MA July, 2018.
- Invited panelist “Educator Preparation Roundtable: Research, Regional Challenges, and Implications for Policy”, Regional Education Laboratories, Boston, MA May, 2016.
- Co-presenter, “Immersion as Trifecta: Meeting Mandates, Satisfying School Needs and Teaching Teachers-A University Partnership with Two School Districts,” Professional Development Schools National Conference, Orlando, FL April, 2016.