Ellen Moir Named to National Commission to Make Social and Emotional Development Part of the Fabric of Every School

Aspen Institute selects Ellen Moir to join other leaders from education, science, government and business on results-oriented panel

Santa Cruz, CA — September 20, 2016 — Ellen Moir, founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit organization focused on improving student achievement by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders, has been appointed to a new national commission charged with finding ways to fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development so every student is prepared to thrive in school, career and life.

The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development was launched this week by the Aspen Institute in response to growing policy momentum, advances in research and increasingly urgent demand. After intensive engagement, learning, and deliberation, the Commission will ultimately identify specific action steps in research, practice and policy.

Moir joins other prominent leaders from education, science, government and the private sector serving on the Commission. The diverse group includes two sitting Governors, two leading school superintendents, a Google executive, a university chancellor and a retired four-star Air Force general.

“If we want our students to be successful in the future, we need to think about how to better cultivate their innate drive to learn, and foster skills like perseverance, empathy and critical thinking,” says Moir. “When teachers help their students build competencies in this area, students have a much greater chance becoming college, career, community and life ready.”

Moir brings to the Commission extensive expertise as the founder of a national education nonprofit taking its evidence-based best practices to scale. She founded New Teacher Center in 1998 to better equip educators for the unexpected realities they face as they enter their own classrooms for the first time – and cultivate their ability to make a difference for kids. Moir and her New Teacher Center colleagues have a deep understanding of how critical social and emotional learning skills are to the success of rigorous student standards, and are leveraging the organization’s teacher induction, instructional coaching and school leadership work to ensure every student has a talented teacher, every year. Moir is a recipient of the 2015 Mary Utne O’Brien Awards for Excellence in Expanding the Evidence-based Practice of Social and Emotional Learning, the 2015 California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) Outstanding Instructional Leader award, the 2014 Brock International Prize in Education Laureate, became an Ashoka Fellow in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.


Compelling brain science now demonstrates what parents have always known: the success of young people in school and beyond is inextricably linked to healthy social and emotional development. Students who can communicate effectively, think critically, make responsible decisions, work in teams, regulate emotions, persevere and solve problems do better academically. Research documents that these capabilities can strengthen learning, improve grades and increase graduation rates. Skills such as collaboration, communications skills and adaptability are also critical in the workforce and affect job retention and earnings.

The Commission will convene its first meeting in November 2016. Over the next two years, the Commission will hold field hearings, engage in site visits and solicit expert testimony. In prioritizing public, diverse, and active dialogue, the Commission will learn from teachers, students and parents in communities across the country. It will engage educators, community and civic leaders, and policymakers in reframing what a successful K-12 education entails and will chart a course to get there. The Commission will release its final Report to the Nation in late 2018.

The following is a full list of Commissioners:


Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute, Charles E. Ducommun Professor Emeritus at Stanford University
Governor John Engler, President, Business Roundtable, Former Governor, Michigan
Dr. Tim Shriver, Co-Founder and Chair, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), Chairman, Special Olympics


Jorge Benitez, former Managing Director-North America and Chief Executive-United States, Accenture
Laszlo Bock, Senior Advisor, Google, Inc.
John Bridgeland, Founder and CEO, Civic Enterprises
Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
James Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center
Camille Farrington, Managing Director and Senior Research Associate, University of Chicago/ Consortium on School Research
Chris J. Harried, Senior Sondheim Public Affairs & Ronald E. McNair Scholar, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Youth Commission Representative)
Leticia Guzman Ingram, 2016 Colorado Teacher of the Year, Basalt High School, Roaring Fork School District
Governor Terry McAuliffe, Governor of Virginia and Chair of the National Governors Association
General Craig McKinley, USAF (Retired), President and CEO, National Defense Industrial Association
Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO, New Teacher Center
Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences/University of California, Los Angeles
Karen Pittman, President, CEO, and Co-Founder, The Forum for Youth Investment
Hugh Price, Former President and CEO, National Urban League
Governor Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada and Vice Chair of the National Governors Association
Rachel Santos, District PBIS Coach, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos, California
James Shelton, President of Education for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Roger Weissberg, Chief Knowledge Officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Ross Wiener, Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of the Education and Society Program
Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education
Antwan Wilson, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)

To learn more, visit www.AspenSEAD.org or follow the Commission on Twitter at @AspenSEAD.

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  1. Dr Lawal Mohammad Anka says:

    Ellen Mior Congratulations for your Appointment to the Commission.I am sure the commission will benefit from your wealth of experience as a Teacher,Motivator,Guidance Counsellor,& Educational Administrator.I hope you will bring your wealth of experience from the Teachers Centre for the Success of the Commission’s Work.I wish you all the Best of Luck in your new Assignment.I Completed Three online courses run by your Centre. I benefited from these courses.I recommended your courses to Many Teachers in Nigeria where i Live they will soon be in contact with your Centre for Advisory Services for enrolling in your online Courses.

    FROM Dr Lawal Mohammad Anka

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