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Linda Pittenger

Former Chief Operating Officer

National Center for Innovation in Education

Linda Pittenger (Chair) is the former Chief Operating Officer for the National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky. Previously, she served on the executive leadership team of the Council of Chief State School Officers as Director of the Innovation Lab Network. She was appointed to that position in July 2011. Prior to that time, she supported the Network as a consultant to the Council. The Innovation Lab Network is a group of states designing and testing elements of a transformed education system. Linda served as interim Chief Operating Officer for the Council from May – September 2010 and as Interim Strategic Initiative Director for Next Generation Learning from November 2008 – June 2009. Linda retired from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), as Director of Secondary and Virtual Learning, in May 2008. During her career at KDE, she started the Kentucky Virtual Schools, coordinated Kentucky’s Refocusing Secondary Education initiative, helped establish Kentucky’s National Math and Science Initiative, and worked closely with the Statewide P16 Council. Linda has a strong interest in personalizing learning through performance-based pathways, and using data and evidence of student work to support good decision-making by and about students. She led implementation of web-based individual learning plans for all secondary students in Kentucky. She is a founding and current Board member of the North American Council for Online Learning (iNACOL) and an Advisor to the National Repository of Online Content. Upon retirement, Ms. Pittenger also worked as a consultant with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System where she advised on P16 college and work readiness initiatives and the development of online transitional content for under-prepared students.