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Early in 2004, Christopher T. Cross and Scott Joftus combined their knowledge and talents to provide education leaders with expert and customized assistance in evaluation, strategic planning, policy analysis and development, and school and district improvement. Sharon Deich joined Cross & Joftus in April 2007, enhancing the capabilities of the core team to focus on expanded learning opportunities and address financing issues central to the success of all reforms. Monica S. Rosen became the fourth partner in March 2012, bringing extensive expertise in the area of human capital management.

Over time, we have worked with different clients on diverse issues, including:
  • strategic planning;
  • school system improvement;
  • literacy;
  • teacher quality;
  • high school reform;
  • accountability and data systems;
  • public-private financing approaches;
  • student achievement gaps;
  • out-of-school time learning;
  • No Child Left Behind Act implementation;
  • science, technology, engineering, and math [STEM] strategies and
  • human resources design, human capital management and educator effectiveness.
For some projects, we work in partnership with other organizations. For other projects, our firm engages associates to ensure the right expertise and experience.

Our continued success is based on two factors. First, we offer education leaders the small-firm advantage of working directly with our partners and the large-firm advantage of leveraging senior consultants with specialized knowledge and talents. Second, we combine rigorous analytical methods with innovative solutions. We promote a capacity-building approach that adds value to organizations long after their work with us has ended.