The Forum Board
Current Forum Board
President – Bruce Vosburgh – Pennsylvania Assoc. for Middle Level Education
Bruce Vosburgh is currently the Director of the Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program in Pennsylvania. He has been involved with the STW program in PA since they wrote their state application in 2005. He is a retired middle school teacher, coach, team leader, assistant principal and principal of a middle school in Pennsylvania where he spent 36 years, serving the last 20 as the principal. He is the current President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Board.
President - Past – Linda Allen – South Carolina Assoc. for Middle Level Education
Linda Allen has been involved in public education for over 40 years having taught at the primary, elementary, middle and high school levels. She served as assistant principal, principal, director of middle and secondary education, director of curriculum, and associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She currently serves as executive director of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education and co-director of the SC Schools to Watch Program. She and her husband, Larry, have one son, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Treasurer – Peter Murphy – California League of Middle Schools
Peter Murphy is currently the Executive Director Emeritus for the California League of Schools. Before retiring, he served as the Executive Director for CLS, was the Past President of the National Forum, and Project Director for the 2012 i3 Grant FFC. Peter also currently serves as the Treasurer of the National Forum and the California State Director for the 2016 SEED Grant.
Advocacy Chair – Martinrex Kedziora – Moreno Valley School District
Dr. Martinrex Kedziora is the Chief Academic Officer of Educational Services for the Moreno Valley Unified School District since 2011. Originally, from Memphis, TN, Dr. Kedziora has been a middle school teacher, special education coordinator, K-8 Principal and Professional Development Director during his 30-year career. He serves as President for the California League of Middle Schools which serves teachers and administration K-12 and as an Education Faculty member for National and Brandman Universities. He serves as a team member of CLS for the California Department of Education and the Middle Schools Alliance. He is a committee member of the Urban Education Committee for ACSA. Additionally, he has leadership responsibilities as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades, Vice President of the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board for the Schools First Federal Credit Union. Dr. Kedziora looks forward to accomplishing the following during his career: “To fully support students in realizing the significance of this journey, to embrace the wild ride of ambiguity.”
Schools to Watch Board Representative – Tina Jamison – South Carolina Assoc. for Middle Level Education
Tina Jamison currently works at the South Carolina Department of Education in the role of External Review Team Coordinator. Prior to this position, she served as the Program Manager for State Priority Schools, the state coordinator for High Schools that Work and Making Middle Grades Work improvement frameworks, and a high school English teacher. She is also co-director for South Carolina's Schools to Watch program through the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades.
Ran Barnes – North Carolina Assoc. for Middle Level Education
Ran Barnes has served for over fifteen years as a Board member for the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education. While on that Board, he has served as the Central Office Representative, Treasurer and Past- President. In addition, Ran serves on the Board for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. While serving on these Boards, Ran worked with the 2010 Investing in Innovation i3 grant for NC. This was a three state collaboration with North Carolina, Illinois and California. He is currently the state director for the SEED grant. This is a 4 state initiative with Michigan, California, North Carolina and Illinois. Ran is active in the Schools to Watch (STW) initiative in North Carolina. Each year he visits schools to help determine a school as a new STW or a redesignated STW.
Nancy Flowers – CPRD, University of Illinois
Nancy Flowers is the Assistant Director of Research Programs at the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD) at the University of Illinois. An educational researcher for more than 20 years, Nancy’s research interests are in the areas of middle-grades education and innovation. She strives to contribute to the dissemination of research results to improve practice, support data-based decision making, and inform policy for youth and adolescents. She is active in the research community, currently serving on the U.S. Department of Education’s Middle-Grades Longitudinal Study Technical Review Panel. Nancy has been a member of the Forum since 2008.
Shirley Wright – Indiana Middle Level Ed. Assoc.
Shirley Wright has a B.A. from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, a M.S. from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, and a –Life Administrative License. She served as an English Language Arts teacher for 12 years and an Assistant Principal of Creston MS (MSD Warren Township, Indianapolis) for 20 years. Upon her retirement in 1999, Shirley became the Executive Director for the Indiana Middle Level Educators Association (IMLEA). Beginning in 2003, Shirley began her term as the Schools to Watch State Director, and continues to serve in that capacity today. Shirley also currently serves as the AMLE Affiliate Director (beginning in 2008) and has served as a National Forum Board Member since 2012.