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Michael McDowell

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Marin County
Michael McDowell, Ed.D. serves as the Superintendent of the Ross School District. During his tenure, the Ross School District has progressed to the top of California districts in relation to student connectedness and wellbeing as well as being in the top tier of districts in academic achievement and growth. Dr. McDowell serves as the Chair of the Advisory Board for One Percent of Education charged with facilitating leading experts in shaping a national narrative for advancing public education. He is an international presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership and innovation. He is an author and consultant with Corwin Press, providing services in Problem and Project Based Learning, Teaching and Learning, Systems and Site Leadership, and the Visible Learning Series. He is the author of Rigorous PBL by Design: Three key shifts for developing confident and competent learners (2017), The Lead Learner: Increasing clarity, coherence and capacity for all (2018), and Developing Student Expertise: A guide for ensuring students excel to high levels of achievement and beyond (2019).
He holds a B.S., M.A. and Ed.D. Michael and his wife Quinn live in Northern California with their two children Harper and Asher.