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Monica Martinez      

Education Advocate, Author & Strategist; Speaker on Innovation, Teaching, Learning, and Education Policy

Monica R. Martinez is an education strategist, author, speaker on innovation and education, including high school redesign, teaching, and college access. As an education strategist, she has served in an advisory capacity to multiple organizations, including foundations, nonprofits, and state systems to assist in creating, revising, or implementing their education initiatives. She is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Learning Policy Institute. Prior to this, she was the Chief School Support Officer for the XQ Institute, part of the Emerson Collective, and a Deeper Learning Senior Fellow for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Martinez is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, first by Governor Jerry Brown and most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom. She was also an appointee to the White House Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Obama. Her book, “Deeper Learning: Eight Innovative Public Schools are Transforming Education in the 21stCentury”, was reprinted into a paperback version in 2018 and was published in China in 2019.

In 2016, Martinez was named an NYU Steinhardt School of Education Distinguished Alumni, from where she earned her Ph.D. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Baylor University.

Speech Topics


  • Education
  • Deeper learning
  • College Access and Success for Latinx
  • Education innovation and reform
  • College readiness
  • The future of learning
  • A New Vision for Teaching
  • Planning for Deeper Learning
  • Redesigning schools for the Whole Child
  • Reimagining high school for today and tomorrow
  • Transforming Your School Using Deeper Learning Practices

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Monica Rae Martinez, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Dr. Monica Martinez, as an education strategist, author, Senior Fellow to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and appointee to the White House Commission of Educational Excellence for Hispanics, you are a true advocate for education reform.

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