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Pennsylvania Coordinators

Ron Cowell
The Education Policy and Leadership Center
800 North Third Street, Suite 408
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 260-9900
FAX (717) 260-9903

Ron Cowell has served as president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center since 1999. He previously served for 24 years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1975-1998) and 12 years as majority or minority chair of the House Committee on Education. During that time he also served on the boards of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) and Pennsylvania's Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention Programs. Ron currently serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education; and a board member of the Pittsburgh-based Gateway to the Arts, and Communities in Schools - Pennsylvania.

He also is a member of advisory committees for the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh and A+ Schools in Pittsburgh. At the national level, Ron served for nine years as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities; several years as a member and chair of the Recognition Committee of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); and on several K-12 and higher education advisory committees. He previously served as a member of the National Education Goals Panel, Vice-Chair of the Education Commission of the States, chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education, and chair of the Education Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Ron is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Widener University Law School.



Amy C. Morton

Pennsylvania State Coordinator
National Institute for School Leadership
4605 Laurel Valley Lane
Enola, PA 17025
(717) 253-2815


Amy C. Morton has served in local, state and national education roles over the past 36 years. She is currently the Pennsylvania State Director for the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) and serves as one of their national facilitators for programs that engage school leaders in strategic thinking and system design to achieve equity and excellence for all students. Amy spent several years working for the PA Department of Education, including Executive Deputy Secretary (Chief of Staff) under Governor Corbett, Deputy Secretary for K-12 Education under Governor Rendell, and Bureau Director for Curriculum under Governor Ridge. Amy led the Capital Area Intermediate Unit as Executive Director after serving as Curriculum Specialist, Director of Education Services, and Assistant Executive Director. Her career began as a high school social studies teacher after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle. She earned her M.S.Ed. from McDaniel College and her Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Shippensburg University. Amy has taught as an adjunct professor for Penn State York, York College, Wilkes University and Wilson College. When not working, Amy enjoys hiking in the Fall and Spring, any type of water ride including the ocean, and listening to audiobooks downloaded from the public library as she travels throughout the commonwealth.  

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