Every Learner Everywhere advocates for equitable outcomes in U.S. higher education through advances in digital learning.
Our mission is to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students.
Every Learner Everywhere is a network of twelve partner organizations with expertise in evaluating, implementing, scaling, and measuring the efficacy of education technologies, curriculum and course design strategies, teaching practices, and support services that personalize instruction for students in blended and online learning environments.
Our collaborative work to advance equity in higher education centers on the transformation of postsecondary teaching and learning. We build capacity in colleges and universities to improve student outcomes with digital learning though direct technical assistance, timely resources and toolkits, and ongoing analysis of institution practices and market trends.
Every Learner Everywhere embraces eight equity principles.
These principles reflect our collective understanding of systemic racism in education and guide decisions about our work.
With Our Network Partners:
- We articulate in our work a specific focus on racial equity and equity for poverty-affected students.
- We pursue equity in optimistic, anti-deficit, and sustainable ways.
- We consistently reflect on our biases and positionalities, seek input on our actions and unintended contradictions, hold ourselves accountable for improvement, and strengthen our skills.
- We critically analyze and aim to improve continuously the systems, structures, cultures, policies, and processes affecting education.
With Colleges and Universities:
- We focus on quantitative outcomes and on qualitative understandings of students’ experiences.
- We disaggregate data to the finest point possible, and resist the erasure of Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students.
- We broaden the participation of people, partners, and perspectives to reflect the equity that students and their institutions deserve.
- We position poverty-affected and Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, as well as those who share their lived experiences, as equity experts.
Roles of Every Learner Network Partners
Supports the network in incorporating the institutional perspective in all aspects of its work.
Partners with community colleges and technical colleges to scale improved student outcomes in gateway courses through innovative pedagogy, and contributes to network development of resources and tools.
Partners with four-year institutions to scale improved student outcomes through innovative pedagogy, resources, and tools.
Provides the network and the field with evidence-based research on digital learning to promote equity and improve student outcomes.
Develops continuous improvement processes and supports for digital learning implementations.
Connects audiences who share common goals to improve teaching and learning through networking events, workshops, and conferences.
Provides professional development for IT and teaching professionals, and research on perspectives and practices of students and faculty.
Supports the network’s development and delivery of resources and tools.
Surfaces digital learning innovations and provides professional development for ID and teaching professionals focused on blended and online learning.
Provides institutions and the network with brand and initiative amplification via event production with high-impact teaching and learning platforms.
Conducts market research to track the supplier ecosystem, institutional perspectives and progress, and help guide the network’s strategy and service offerings.
Provides the network and the field with expertise on policies, research projects and analyses affecting technology-enhanced education.
A Conversation with Director Jessica Williams
In an interview conducted by EDUCAUSE, Every Learner Director Jessica Williams discusses the impact of COVID-19 on higher education (1m 49s), the long-term effects of the crisis (4m 1s), Jessica’s vision for Every Learner going forward (10m 39s), and the network’s unique focus on first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color (9m 23s). Click the play button below to listen.
Meet Our Team
Jessica Rowland Williams
Dr. Jessica Rowland Williams joined Every Learner Everywhere in October 2019. Prior to this role, she served as the Completion Grant Initiative project director for University Innovation Alliance. She also worked as program director in Georgia State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Success. Prior to those roles, Williams was a diversity fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, as well as program coordinator for the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE). She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College. Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underserved, minority, and low income students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Jessica lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and is a proud mother of 4 children.
Laura has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for underrepresented students through innovative approaches and grant-funded programs. As the Assistant Director for Every Learner Everywhere, she has the opportunity to work with a strong network of partners committed to improving educational outcomes through technology-enhanced education, specifically adaptive courseware. Prior to joining the Every Learner Everywhere team in June 2018, Laura was the Grants Manager for Aims Community College, taught Computer Science at the college level, held a number of TRIO positions helping low-income and first generation students enter and be successful in college, and managed multiple international educational grants funded by the European Commission. She earned her MBA from Eastern New Mexico University, and her Bachelor degree in International Business in Romania.
Mollie McGill is the senior director for operations and membership. In this role she ensures the successful recruitment, retention, and engagement of WCET member institutions, organizations, as well as companies in the ed tech industry. She provides overall management and administrative oversight of WCET, its programs, its leadership committees, and several of WCET’s core staff. In 2018, she celebrated 30 years as a WICHE employee and one of the original “WICHE Women.” She spent 20 years with WICHE early in her career and was instrumental in founding WCET in 1988. In 2017, McGill secured the original support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for WCET’s role as the intermediary organization to Every Learner Everywhere network. For 12 years she held a position at the University of Colorado System where she directed learning innovations and technology initiatives with CU’s campuses and served leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. She is the proud mother of identical sons in their mid-twenties and a 40-year resident of beautiful Boulder, Colorado.
Senior Manager of Business Operations and Strategic Initiatives
Robert Perez joined the Every Learner Everywhere team as the Grant Manager in November 2018. Previously, Robert was a Proposal Manager at ACT, where he organized and led responses to international business opportunities in areas such as creativity assessment, moral education, and workforce development. Before that, he worked at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, managing grants and contracts for researchers across Harvard and its affiliated research hospitals. Having grown up in a minority-majority community, broadening the pathways to higher education success for all students is an issue of great personal importance for Robert, and he is focused on ensuring that Every Learner’s grants activities maximize its reach and impact. Robert earned a BA from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Joyce earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and has 25 years of experience in administration. Joyce recently earned a Professional Certification of Excellence with the American Society of Administrative Professionals. She previously worked for the University of Colorado–Boulder for 22 years. Outside of work, she keeps busy with her Angora show rabbits, grooming them and attending shows across the country. Joyce uses the fiber from her angoras and alpacas to spin and make various fiber art creations.
Manager of Network Programs and Services
Norma Hollebeke joined Every Learner Everywhere in 2020. She has been an advocate for innovation and transformation in higher education for over 20 years with a proven track record as a developer and director of national model STEM and online programs. Prior to joining Every Learner, Norma was in the private sector as a STEM and digital learning consultant and led the development of a new distance learning product line at a science education supply company. She served the Colorado Community College System as Associate Dean of Science for CCCOnline. As a tenured professor at Sinclair Community College, she was the PI for the Dayton Urban STEM Academy, Biomedical Sciences Affiliate Director for Project Lead the Way-Ohio and was part of the pioneering team for online biology courses. She earned her BS and MS from University of Texas at El Paso and conducted research at University of Toronto. In her spare time, she hikes the Rocky Mountains and volunteers with the Denver Area Boy Scout Council.
Patricia O’Sullivan joined the Every Learner Everywhere team in September 2020. She has worked in higher education since 2000 as an instructor, student advisor, faculty development specialist, instructional designer, and grant manager. In her role as Content Manager, she works with Network partners to develop, update, and curate ELE resources. She taught World Religions at the University of Mississippi (UM) for 14 years, and currently teaches Health Ethics in the UM School of Pharmacy. She holds a B.A. in Communications from UMass Amherst, an M.A. in Theology from Assumption College, and an M.A. in history from the University of Mississippi.
Common Questions About the Network
How were the partners selected?
Every Learner’s founding partners were selected based on existing relationships with the network’s primary funder and the partners’ subject matter expertise, field experience, and commitment to quality and equity. As our focus expands, we expect to grow the breadth and depth of organizations in the network.
How can my institution get involved?
Every Learner partners with institutions engaged through the Frontier Set, Jobs for the Future, and the Intermediaries for Scale. Please contact us or these intermediaries about your needs and interests related to digital learning.
How can I contribute to the network?
Every Learner welcomes expert contributors to share research findings, evidence-based teaching strategies, and technology tools related to digital learning. There may be opportunities to contribute to our blog, newsletter, and online events.