Denise Glyn Borders

Learning Forward President and CEO Denise Glyn Borders served as president of SRI Education, a division at SRI International, where she led three centers – Learning and Development, Technology and Learning, and Education Policy. Previously, Borders was senior vice president and director of the U.S. Education and Workforce Development Group at FHI 360, a global human development organization with an evidence-based research approach. Earlier, Borders was a senior vice president at AED (formerly the Academy for Educational Development), where she oversaw U.S. program operations in education, early childhood development, research and evaluation, and education policy and practice. She also served as president and CEO of The McKenzie Group. She served as associate director of the Office of Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Professional Development for the Department of Defense Education Activity. She was also chief of Educational Accountability and Assistant Superintendent for Baltimore City Public Schools and a National/Federal Government Evaluation Consultant at CTB/McGraw-Hill Publishing. In addition, Borders has been a curriculum specialist, teacher supervisor, classroom teacher, and university lecturer. Borders currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Teachers College, Columbia University, and for AdvancED.

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My word of the year is ‘transformation.’

By Denise Glyn Borders | December 1, 2021

As we wrap up 2021 and look ahead to 2022, the word that is top of mind for me is transformation. Transformation involves disrupting and dismantling longstanding educational structures, policies, and systems that have perpetuated inequity and created barriers to success for too many students. We must support leaders at every level — who are […]

Signs of hope, actions for change

By Denise Glyn Borders and Wendy Robinson | April 1, 2021

Signs of hope, actions for change

President Biden, here’s what educators need now

By Melinda George and Denise Glyn Borders | February 1, 2021

As the new U.S presidential administration takes shape, we at Learning Forward have hope and confidence that President Biden and Vice President Harris’ leadership will mean great progress for every student and educator in America’s education systems. Learning Forward is ready to support and advise the new administration as it puts in place policies and […]

Learning Forward president and CEO congratulates president- and vice president-elect and calls for unity to support education

By Denise Glyn Borders | November 9, 2020

Congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Election 2020 is drawing to a close. It has been a long campaign season and regardless of your political views, it is time to come together around our shared commitment to preK-12 education. Our children are the future and our educators are their mentors and […]

Resilient educators deserve sustained support

By Denise Glyn Borders and Steve Cardwell | October 9, 2020

Over the course of the last six months, Learning Forward’s weekly webinars have given us the opportunity to learn with educators across the globe, and our most inspiring lessons have come from practitioners making sense of a time that demands creativity and resilience. Now that more and more districts are returning to school, we’re eager […]

We can structure professional learning to fight racism

By Denise Glyn Borders | August 1, 2020

From their earliest days in schooling, Black students’ experiences in schools are dramatically different from those of white students. For example, Black preschool children are 3.6 times as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as white preschool children (U.S. Department of Education, 2016). The disciplinary disparities continue in K-12: 6% of all K-12 students received one […]