About Ron Berger

Ron Berger was a public school teacher and master carpenter in rural Massachusetts for over 25 years. He is currently Chief Program Officer for the non-profit school improvement network Expeditionary Learning, a network of over 160 public schools. Expeditionary Learning is helping to found public high schools in low-income communities that send all graduates to college, and helping to transform existing public schools toward high student achievement, character and citizenship.

Ron's writing and speaking center on inspiring quality and character in students, specifically through project-based learning, original scientific and historical research, service learning, and the infusion of arts. He works with the national character education movement to embed character values into the core of academic work. Ron works closely with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he did his graduate work, and specifically the Harvard Project Zero research team. He is an Annenberg Foundation Teacher Scholar, and received the Autodesk Foundation National Teacher of the Year award. He is the author of An Ethic of Excellence and A Culture of Quality.

Each year, the Mandel Center Teacher Forum brings together Boston area educators to explore central ideas in teaching and learning.

Past teacher forums:

  • 2010 - Collaborative Learning in the Classroom: Awaken the Joy of Interpreting Texts, with Dr. Orit Kent
  • 2009 - Accountable Talk: Classroom Conversations that Promote Learning, with Dr. Sarah Michaels

The 2011 Teacher Forum is cosponsored by Initiative on Day School Excellence at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

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2011 Mandel Center Teacher Forum with Ron Berger


Cultivating an Ethic of Excellence in Schools:

An interactive workshop

Sunday, January 30, 2011

12-4 p.m.

Hassenfeld Conference Center, Brandeis University

In this workshop, Ron Berger will guide participants through an exploration of student work as examples of how to develop what he calls a "culture of craftsmanship."

He will explore:

  • How can we help students to engage in excellent, original work?
  • How can we promote high standards?
  • How can we nurture the capacity for rigorous and respectful critique?

Ron Berger, a dynamic and visionary educator, is author of An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship in Schools. He is chief program officer at Expeditionary Learning, and has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and professional developer.

Watch a video of Ron Berger in action

Directions to Brandeis University

Area map

Parking: After entering the campus, turn left on the main campus road. Proceed through the stop sign and pass Spingold Theatre and the Rose Art Museum on your left. Park in H (Hassenfeld) lot, on your left just after the museum. Hassenfeld Conference Center is in Sherman Hall, across the street and to the right, between Shapiro Residence Hall and the Faculty Club.

For more information, contact the Mandel Center at teacherforum@brandeis.edu or call 781-736-2093.