Ensemble Learning, formerly The College-Ready Promise, is a national organization committed to fixing inequities in the education system by improving how schools serve students – especially our most vulnerable.

Since 2009, we have worked with leading charter schools to help teachers be more effective. We tap into educators’ valuable knowledge, passion and experience solving problems by building cohorts of schools facing similar challenges so educators can learn from each other. We think of ourselves as the glue that holds groups of educators together, by facilitating learning and creating accountability.

Working together to remove barriers to achievement, we can create a future where every student is set up to seize the college and career opportunities before them.

We Believe

To truly grow the charter school movement, we need to focus on charter schools’ quality and ability to remove barriers to achievement for our most vulnerable students.

Collaboration is the key to growing strong schools. Our partnerships leverage the talent and expertise that already exists within schools.

When schools have a singular focus on test scores, it does a disservice to students and perpetuates the inequities that keep vulnerable groups of students from succeeding.

Ensemble Learning always begins partnerships by listening and looking at data to identify your greatest needs. We strongly believe in leveraging the talent and expertise that already exists within schools, so we help build a cohort of school leaders facing the same challenges. We may also help by bringing in outside experts or consultants from inside and outside the charter system to help tackle specific challenges.

Rather than focusing on growth and test scores, we take a more holistic approach to improve academics and school culture. We help create solutions that reflect your school’s priorities and community.

Partnering with Ensemble Learning

We are currently working with cohorts in California and Texas. We will begin working with charter schools across the country beginning in 2018. Contact us to discuss your school’s needs.

Staff

Elise Darwish
CEO

Elise leads Ensemble Learning’s strategic vision to improve charter school quality and remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable students. Previously, Elise was the founding chief academic officer at Aspire Public Schools, where she grew the organization to a high-performing charter management organization with 38 schools in Tennessee and California. She was also the founding instructional coordinator at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center, the first charter school in California and the second in the nation. Elise is a Pahara Fellow and a Leap Ambassador.

Leigh Mingle
Program Director

Leigh gathers and analyzes schools’ data for Ensemble Learning. In addition, she assists with organizational strategy and fundraising. Leigh holds a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, she served as a data scientist and researcher for a large school district and curriculum development company. Leigh specializes in understanding motivation in education, particularly in math and science.

Farah Charania
Director of Finance and Operation

Farah is responsible for finances, administration and day-to-day operations at Ensemble Learning. Farah earned her master’s degree in education policy from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Before joining Ensemble Learning, she served as director of operations for Alpha Public Schools in San Jose, California. In roles with the Oakland Unified School District, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems and the San Francisco Unified School District, she led process-improvement initiatives and collaborated with staff at all levels.

Board

Constance Brewer

Constance is the chief external affairs officer at The Noble Network of Charter Schools. Prior to joining Noble, she served with the KIPP Foundation for six years in various roles, including national development director. She has also worked in the private sector at Hyatt and Johnson & Johnson. Constance has a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tracy Epp

Tracy is the chief operating officer at the National Math and Science Initiative. Formerly, Tracy was a principal at Education First Consulting and served as chief academic officer at Achievement First in Brooklyn, New York. She was also integral to IDEA Public Schools’ development, serving as a founding board member, founding principal of IDEA College Preparatory flagship high school, and chief academic officer during IDEA’s early expansion. Tracy holds a doctorate in education from the University of Texas at Austin and degrees from the University of Texas-Pan American and Case Western Reserve University.

Beth Hunkapiller

Beth is a former middle school educator and administrator. She is a 19-year member of the Board of Education of the San Carlos School District Board of Trustees. She was a founder of the San Carlos Charter Learning Center and the director of the Charter School Division for the state of California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University and her master’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Marco Petruzzi

Marco is the chief executive officer of Green Dot Public Schools National. Prior to joining Green Dot, Marco founded R3 School Solutions, an organization that provided management and administrative services to charter management organizations. He was a partner at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. He earned his Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in business administration at Columbia University.

Adeola (Ola) Whitney

Ola is the chief regional officer at iMentor. She was previously chief regional operations officer at Reading Partners, where she managed more than 14 executives across the country. Before Reading Partners, Ola served as Playworks’ executive director for the Greater New York/Greater Newark region. Prior to her work in nonprofits, she spent nearly a decade in leadership roles at Kaplan. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.