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New York Coordinators

Robert J. Monson (EPFP 88-89) 
Adjunct Associate Professor
Education Leadership and Policy
Teachers College, Columbia University 
525 West 120th Street, Box 67
New York, NY 10027
(203) 536-8747

Robert Monson holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Saint Louis University. In 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Across seven states he has served public school children in the capacities of teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, and three superintendent positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Minnesota. From 1990 to 2000 he taught in Lesley University’s national curriculum and instruction program. He has served as a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Principals Center where he also led dialogues among principals and superintendents. In 1997, he was a visiting faculty member at the Harvard summer institute on standards and accountability.

In recent years he has served as a consultant for ASCD, Public Agenda, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and the Tri-States Standards Consortium. He has co-authored two volumes on performance assessment for Zephyr Press and has published numerous journal articles on curriculum, assessment, and literacy education. His professional interests lie in leadership development, program development, accountability systems, and public engagement.


Lisa Davis (EPFP 10-11)
NY EPFP Co-Coordinator
(914) 345-8737

Lisa Davis has been the executive director of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association (WPSBA) since July 2008. During this time, Lisa has worked to expand the depth and breadth of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association's programming and outreach, and has increased the Association's visibility and regional advocacy.

Lisa previously served on the Chappaqua Board of Education for nine years, from 1998 to 2007, including two years as board president. She was WPSBA president from 2005 to 2007. In addition to the WPSBA executive board, Lisa served on the School Board Advisory Council to the Commissioner of Education; School Board Advisory Council to the Chancellor of Education; NYS School Board Association (NYSSBA) Task Force on School District Pension Alternatives (2006) and was a NYSSBA Legislative Representative. Her involvement with public education began with the Chappaqua PTA, where she chaired innumerable committees and was a school PTA chair and Chappaqua PTA president.

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