Dr. Sally Harrison is the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning in the Edmonds School District, one of Washington State's leaders in innovative programs and collaborative work environments. Harrison has been a teacher in grades two through eight, also holding assignments for gifted and talented, as well as Title I reading. Harrison served as a principal in the Washington school districts of West Valley, South Whidbey, and Snohomish.
In addition, Dr. Harrison is the Director of the Washington Alliance Regional Learning and Assessment Center, a state-level agency that supports teachers as they implement Washington State reform initiatives. The Washington Alliance is a consortium of eleven school districts and the University of Washington, serving approximately one eighth (250,000) of the state's students and 15,000 teachers in over 200 school sites.
Dr. Harrison is a senior adjunct national faculty member of the Lesley College (Cambridge, MA) Graduate School, teaching curriculum, assessment, research, and leadership courses in Colorado, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. She consults for the Panasonic Corporation. She has worked with districts in Connecticut, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, and speaks to professional associations across the United States about the systemic reform required to create and support powerful learning opportunities for students.
At present, Dr. Harrison directs the research and design of the Edmonds School District's K-12 standards-based system across 34 school sites, housing 22,000 students. The most recent recognitions received by Harrison and Edmonds were (1) the Saturn Corporation's Award for the work accomplished in becoming a standards-based system; and (2) the U.S. Department of Education's National Award for Model Professional Development.