Matt Williams is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Knowledge Works and has held multiple roles within the organization for over 11 years. Prior to that, he taught and ran a grant program at Baylor University. Williams has a Master’s in Education focusing on curriculum and instruction.

North Dakota is not alone it pursuing innovative education opportunities. Williams says it’s a policy area that is emerging fast. He says in 2012, less than half of the states had any sort of policies around personalized, competency based or innovative learning. Now, he says, almost all states do including around half that have invested in an innovative program or pilot as North Dakota did with SB 2186 in the 2017 legislative session.

“KnowledgeWorks is a national organization committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. With a presence in more than 30 states, we develop the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools, partner with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning and provide national thought leadership around the future of learning.” –Knowledge Works website

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