Tony Borash

Director of Professional Learning

About Tony

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” — Mary Oliver, Instructions for Living a Life

Tony is an educator on a mission to cultivate teams of learners & learning by investing in people, bringing shape to ideas, and seeking always to understand.

As a member of the ALP team, he stands alongside brave district team members on their respective learning journeys, designing new and engaging educational landscapes that make the most out of all of the resources available to them.

The accomplishments that fill him with the most pride involve teaming with learners of all ages- students, teachers, coaches, and administrators alike. These experiences include collaborative design and collective implementation of district-wide learner profiles and learning models, concept-centered curriculum, standards-based assessment, performance assessment, learner-centered ecosystems, and instructional coaching, among others.

When he isn’t partnering with schools to amplify student-driven learning, you can find Tony “digging in the crates” in local record stores throughout the country, engaging in a number of musical performance projects across central Virginia, or appreciating with awe the natural beauty of the world in which we live.


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Connecting Careers, Curriculum, and Community

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So We Have A Learner Profile. Now What?

After defining the local language and associated resources to describe the profile of a graduate of the district, how might that profile be used? Read more
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A Visible Path Forward

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Find Tony on the Road


17 Years


Physics Teacher, Lead Coach, District Administrator


Mathematics and Physics

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Educational Leadership
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Learner Profile and Learning Model Development
  • Cognitive Coaching
  • Curriculum/Assessment Development
  • Learner-Centered Instructional Design
  • Instructional Technology Infusion
  • Professional Learning Design
  • Organizational Change
  • Esports Design and Implementation
  • Sketchnoting and Graphic Facilitation
  • Data Visualization
  • Social Media for Professional Learning
  • Project Management

Recognition and Publications

  • Presenter, "Learner Profile Implementation Through Strategic Planning and Coaching," Learning Forward 2019, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Presenter, "Driving Statewide Innovation Through Professional Learning Networks," 2019 Aurora Institute Symposium, Palm Springs, California.
  • Presenter, "The Designer's Mindset: Leading Change Through Design Thinking," 2018 Learning Forward Conference, Dallas, Texas.
  • Borash, T. "The School Leader As Designer." ASCD Inservice. August 2018.
  • Keynote speaker at the 2018 Digital Campfire, Charleston County, South Carolina.
  • One of Charlottesville's 2016 Distinguished Dozen, Daily Progress.
  • Borash, T. "Checkpoints on a Path of Innovation." VASCD Journal. May 2015: pgs 16-35.
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 Supporting Science Inquiry with Technology Conference, Crozet, Virginia.
  • Closing speaker at 2013 VABIO Education Summit in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Borash, T. "Accelerating Students Along Neural Superhighways." Edutopia. November 2012.
  • Borash, T. "Not Waving, But Drowning: Tips for How to Rescue an Overwhelmed Teacher." ASCD Educational Leadership. October 2011.
  • Golden Apple Award winner recognizing outstanding teachers in Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, 2003.

Academic Qualifications

  • Masters in Teaching, Secondary Science Education
  • B.A. Mathematics and Physics

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