Irv Richardson, the current Coordinator for Public Education and School Improvement-NEA New Hampshire as well as a CCSSO consultant, is the newest member of the CCSSO Educator Workforce team. Although not new to this work group, Irv has moved into a full time position as the Program Director for Shared and Effective Leadership. Irv hit the ground running by making a presentation on a new vision of leadership at the 2012 CCSSO Summer Institute in Coeur d'Alene.
Irv received a Milken Educator Award in 1993 and was noted at that time for his exceptional educational accomplishments, talent, and leadership as well as dedication to positively impacting students. Irv was also Maine's Teacher of the Year in 1988.
For the past four years, Irv has had the responsibility of coordinating professional development for over 16,000 members, has been a liaison to the New Hampshire Department of Education, and has been a member of both the NH SCEE team and Teacher Effectiveness Taskforce. Prior to his role at the NH_NEA, Irv worked for TBA Consulting Group for seven years as a Senior Consultant, working extensively with states on projects such as Teacher Quality Enhancement grants, consulting with state department of education (New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Hawaii), working on educator induction, developing leadership standards, working on the committee to write the 2011 InTASC standards and the InTASC learning progressions. Irv has worked in a variety of capacities including serving as a lead evaluator, lead consultant, facilitator/co-facilitator, and project coordinator.
Irv also worked for the Staff Development for Educators as Associate Executive Director and National Program Director where he presented at national education conferences, planned and coordinated professional development conferences, assisted with publishing, and recruited and supervised staff development presenters. Irv worked for the Freeport Public Schools for fourteen years as a Teaching Principal, Lead Teacher, and Director of the Gifted and Talented Program and Teacher. During this time, he also worked with the Maine Department of Education to draft language for the Maine Common Core of Learning.
As his mid-career Milken Educator Award suggests, Irv is an inspirational and influential leader in education and policy. As Irv stated, "A quality education is the most important thing we can offer a child."
Please join me in welcoming Irv Richardson to our team.