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 through 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 continuously improve 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.
Meet Our Team
Jessica Rowland Williams
Jessica is the Director of Every Learner Everywhere, a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and better serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students. As Director, she provides leadership and vision for the network and leads the operation of the network strategy. Prior to this role, Jessica served as the Completion Grant Initiative Project Director for University Innovation Alliance. She also worked as Project Director in Georgia State University’s Office of the Senior Vice President of Student Success. During her time at Princeton University, Jessica served four years as a Diversity Fellow at Princeton University’s Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity and was honored with the Patrice Y. Johnson *80 Memorial Service Award by the Association of Black Princeton Alumni in recognition of her high levels of performance and service to the university. Jessica has devoted her career to helping institutions better serve marginalized students. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University. She is also a mother of four children. As her spare time allows, Jessica enjoys traveling and escaping into the world of literature.
Laura has dedicated her career to improving educational outcomes for first generation, poverty-affected and racially minoritized students through innovative approaches and grant-funded programs. As the Associate 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 poverty-affected 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.
Service Design and Strategy Officer
Dr. Van Davis joined Every Learner Everywhere in March 2021 and also serves as the chief strategy officer for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Prior to these roles, he served as founder and principal at Foghlam Consulting where he worked with colleges, universities, and nonprofits on strategic planning, higher education policy, and research. Van has over 25 years of experience in higher education. During his career he has served as a faculty member and academic administrator, director of innovations at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and associate vice president for higher education policy and research at Blackboard Inc. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in 20th Century United States History with an emphasis in civil rights from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in History from Southwestern University. Van has devoted his career to improving educational access and affordability for students and has led numerous projects such as the development of Texas’ adult degree completion initiative, Texas’ statewide course redesign project, and the development of the first competency-based baccalaureate degrees at Texas public institutions. Van lives outside of Austin, Texas with his beloved wife where he enjoys hiking, camping, and building LEGO models.
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.
Emilie Cook joined the Every Learner Everywhere team in April 2021. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Dickinson College, and later earned her Master of Science in Marketing from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She began her career with Nationwide Insurance before venturing to Malaga, Spain where she taught English for several months. Upon returning to Baltimore, MD, she began her marketing career at T. Rowe Price working for the global investments division and later the corporate marketing and communications division. Succeeding her career at T. Rowe Price, she became the events coordinator at the University of Maryland’s office of enrollment management. Upon relocating to Bethany Beach, DE, she joined the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce as the marketing & communications manager, transitioned to the D3 Marketing Agency, and most recently served as the marketing director for the Off the Hook Restaurant Group. Emilie is also an adjunct professor for the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business where she teaches marketing and has implemented adaptive courseware.
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.
Jenni Atwood joined Every Learner Everywhere in 2022. In her role, she leads contract, financial & grant administration for all ELE projects. In addition to extensive project management experience, she is also a book editor and is a regular panel chair and federal grant reviewer for various federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. She holds a Masters’ degree in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. Jenni is passionate about elevating issues surrounding invisible disabilities such as Sjogren’s, one of the most common, and yet most undiagnosed, autoimmune diseases in the United States.
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.
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.