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COVID-19 Reopening: 39,880 parents, 4 days, 1 statewide decision

June 3, 2020 9:00 AM PT/12:00 PM ET
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In just 4 days, 39,880 Connecticut parents, teachers and staff members participated in RESC's statewide school reopening exchange – one of the largest in ThoughtExchange history. The results played a key role in Governor Ned Lamont's decision to keep Connecticut's schools closed for the 2019/2020 school year.

In this special virtual event, you'll learn how to:

  • Maximize stakeholder engagement
  • Build social capital in your communities, and
  • Get data that lets you make better decisions. Fast.

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Jonathan Costa

Assistant Executive Director

Jonathan P. Costa, Sr. is the Assistant Executive Director for EdAdvance. A graduate of Fairfield University, he has advanced degrees in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University with central office administrative and superintendent level certifications from the State of Connecticut. A former public and private school social studies teacher, Jonathan joined EdAdvance in 1991 as a staff development consultant. After 7 years of providing services to the region, he embarked on an educational consulting business, spending the next 10 years as a self-employed speaker, writer, and consultant working throughout New England and the mid-atlantic states. In 2008, Jonathan returned to the agency as the Director of School/Program Services, serving in that role until he became the Assistant Executive Director in July of 2016.

Mr. Costa’s current responsibilities involve supervision of all direct K-12 & Adult Education services on behalf of EdAdvance, including a wide variety of professional enrichment and student learning programs. In addition, he continues to provide direct services through the agency to support district level planning and policy work, primarily focused on aligning systems for student success in a digital world. He is the author of “Digital Learning For All, Now!" which was published by Corwin Press, and is a competitive cyclist and golfer.



Dave MacLeod

CEO and Co-founder

Facilitator, dreamer, outdoor educator, tech CEO, dad. Spends a lot of time thinking about how to connect people. First founded a company teaching leadership and communication skills to kids. Then worked in facilitation. Now a CEO of a world-changing software company that empowers leaders to give everyone a voice and find common ground. Pretty proud of the previous sentence. Also attempts many well timed. Jokes.

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