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Leading the Cross & Joftus team are the four partners: Christopher T. Cross, Scott Joftus, Sharon Deich and Monica S. Rosen.

Christopher T. Cross is a former Assistant Secretary for Educational Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education and former president of the Maryland State Board of Education. He works with clients such as the Aspen Institute, California Department of Education, and Education Commission of the States to disseminate promising practices and connect policymaking to critical research. Chris is a noted author and expert on the federal role in education and serves on numerous high-profile advisory boards. (email: Read more arrow

Scott Joftus is very familiar with the workings of state education agencies and local school districts from his many years in the education field as a teacher, the director of an education policy firm, a head of an education policy consulting group, and the leader of an education advocacy organization. He is also a well-seasoned evaluator of education programs, having conducted numerous evaluations for states and districts. Scott is now putting that experience to good use with the national rollout of The Learning Network, a new approach to school system improvement, and as the senior strategic advisor and technical assistance provider of the Race to the Top Technical Assistance Network a $43 million initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support bold reforms and dramatic improvements in student achievement in states across the country. (email: Read more arrow

Sharon Deich's talents lie in helping clients such as federal and state agencies, state and city officials, and foundation initiative leaders think strategically about how to better organize their resources to support change. She also brings considerable expertise in school finance and after-school programming. Sharon's many years of working for the Urban Institute, American Institutes for Research, and The Finance Project have afforded her a unique ability to find practical solutions grounded in research. (email: Read more arrow

Monica S. Rosen is a national expert in the area of human capital management for school districts. Most recently, she spearheaded C&J's work with Denver Public Schools in the area of principal screening and selection. She also led our review of Syracuse City School District's human resources and talent management systems. In addition, she has supported the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, the George W. Bush Institute, Google, Inc., Newark Public Schools, and the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy, all in the areas of human capital management and educator effectiveness.
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Cross & Joftus has extraordinary access to the best minds in education today through its large pool of associates. These individuals are authorities in school system management and governance, youth engagement, special education and the Response to Intervention approach, school dropout prevention, school technology use, student and teacher assessment, teacher preparation and certification, early childhood care and education, program evaluation, and more.

Joseph A Aguerrebere
Joyce Carter
Yen Chau
Naomi Chudowsky
Catherine Conrado
Amy Cox
Nathan Cross
Ray Daniels
Jo Lynne DeMary
Mary Ann Dewan
Joseph F. Dominic
Alex Donahue
Jamie Ekatomatis
Joan Evans
Christina Legg Greenberg
John Hess
Gus Jacob
Eleanor Johnson
Steven Johnson
Jim Karleskint
Cheryl Krehbiel
Gene I. Maeroff
Quannah Parker-McGowan
Brenda McLaughlin
Janalee Jordan-Meldrum
Michael Moore
Meghan Neary
Jill Nieman
Heather Clapp Padgette
Alice Parker
Ronald A. Peiffer
Linda Plattner
Ken Rugg
Richard C. Seder
Torrey Shawe
Janet Shay
Virginia (Ginger) Adams Simon
Dale Spears
Donna Power Stowe
Nancy Taylor
Jacquelyn Thompson
Connie Wehmeyer
Michael Wilson
Bernard Yaklin
Barbara Young